Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria


Stanford School of Engineering



New: this online-only course is completely revised and optimized to enhance the learning experience, featuring short videos, animated screencasts, and interactive quizzes.

The laws of Thermodynamics and the transition of substance from stable phase at equilibrium are fundamental to the understanding of materials, transfer of energy and work. In this course, students review the First Law, Second Law, and Equilibrium, gain an understanding of the principles of heterogeneous equilibria and their application to phase diagrams and explore concepts including entropy, elastic solids, dielectrics, and magnetic solids.

Please note: this is an online-only course so lectures will not be captured on-campus.

Topics include

  • Thermodynamic potentials and materials properties
  • Phase equilibria such as unary phase equilibria, solution thermodynamics, phase separation, instability and decomposition
  • Thermodynamics of chemical reactions
  • Thermodynamics of surfaces
  • Chemical reactions
  • Non-stoichiometry in compounds

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