University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Chemistry : Chemistry

Undergraduate Course: Materials Chemistry 2 (CHEM08021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryMaterials 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Chemistry 1A (CHEM08016) OR Biological Chemistry 1A (CHEM08022) OR Introductory Chemistry for Biologists (CHEM07001)) AND ( Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017) OR Biological Chemistry 1B (CHEM08023))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Requires first year chemistry or biological chemistry, or other chemistry qualifications sufficient to permit exemption from first year chemistry.
Additional Costs Purchase of a laboratory coat is strongly recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 135 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 25 %
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.
Feedback 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.

Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. knowledge of materials types and their underlying chemical structures, and methods for the synthesis and characterisation of particular types of material.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Reading List
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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Note-taking 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 organiserProf John Attfield
Tel: (0131 6)51 7229
Course secretaryMs Susan Maitland
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information