Undergraduate Course: Materials Chemistry 2 (CHEM08021)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Materials Chemistry 2 will introduce "Materials" as an area where Chemists have a leading role in the development and application of the new materials that are all pervasive in modern life. The course will explain how bulk mechanical, optical and conducting properties of materials can be related to factors such as electronic structure, crystallinity and molecular structure through an introduction to bonding in solids, band theory, crystal chemistry, materials synthesis and characterisation methods, together with examples of application in areas such as microelectronics, polymer science, catalysis and nanotechnology. Lecture material will be supported by laboratory work.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 24,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||one essay, one six-week laboratory, one 3 h degree exam, with each component contributing to the final mark in the ratio 0.15:0.25:0.60, respectively.
||Each lecture course has an associated tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling exam-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course.
Additional pre-exam revision sessions and/or individual meetings may be offered by the lecturers.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- knowledge of materials types and their underlying chemical structures, and methods for the synthesis and characterisation of particular types of material.
- understanding of some important materials properties, of ordering and bonding in the crystalline state and its characterisation by diffraction, and of key chemical mechanisms such as nanoparticle and macromolecule growth and catalytic activity.
- appreciation of the practical requirements for modern materials, including multicomponent systems where interfaces are important, and structure-morphology-property relationships in materials ranging from ceramics to polymers.
|No single text covers all of the lecture courses fully. Some introductory texts that cover much of the material are:|
Solid State Chemistry: An Introduction, L. Smart and E. Moore (Chapman and Hall).
Inorganic Materials Chemistry, M. T. Weller (OUP)
Basic Solid State Chemistry, A. R. West (Wiley).
Other text books containing useful chapters are:
Organic Chemistry Clayden, Greaves, Warren, Warren (Oxford University Press)
Atkins┐ Physical Chemistry, P. W. Atkins and J. de Paula (Oxford University Press)
Inorganic Chemistry, D. F. Shriver and P. W. Atkins (Oxford University Press)
Organic Chemistry, J. McMurry (Brooks Cole)
Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, Ebsworth, Rankin, Cradock (Blackwell)
The Electronic Structure and Chemistry of Solids, P. A. Cox (OUP)
Polymer Chemistry, M. P. Stevens (OUP)
Gases, Liquids and Solids and Other States of Matter, D. Tabor (CUP)
Materials Science and Engineering: an Introduction, W. D. Callister (Wiley)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Numerical data interpretation and analysis
Unseen problem solving skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||24 hours lecture, 7 hours examples classes, 12 hours laboratories.
|Course organiser||Prof John Attfield
Tel: (0131 6)51 7229
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Maitland
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707