Undergraduate Course: Chemistry of Functional Materials Level 11 (CHEM11037)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||A lecture course covering the design, synthesis, properties and applications of a wide range of functional materials. Particular emphasis is given to electronic materials (conductors, semiconductors and superconductors), magnetic materials, meso- and microporous solids and polymers. The course comprises individual lecture courses on: The Electronic Properties of Solids, Organic Polymer Chemistry, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Electronic Structure of Solids and Transition Metal Oxides. Either the Level 10 or Level 11 version of this course (as specified in the degree programme tables) is a compulsory requirement for Year 4/5 students on degrees in Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One degree exam of 3 hours.
(Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One degree exam of 3 hours at the end of Semester 1.)
||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 will be offered by the lecturers.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- - use band theory in the form of the free electron model and the tight-binding approximation to describe the electronic structure of solids including superconductors
- - calculate the magnetic moment of lanthanide and orbitally quenched transition metal ions from their electronic configuration
- - interpret magnetic susceptibility data for paramagnets, antiferromagnets and ferromagnets and determine the sign and strength of exchange interactions from such data and interpret CMR
- - describe the structure, properties, synthesis and characterisation of microporous and mesoporous materials
- - understand and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved
|Solid State Chemistry, L. Smart and E. Moore, Chapman and Hall.|
Basic Solid State Chemistry, A.R. West, Wiley.
Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications, A.R. West, Wiley.
Solid State Chemistry: Techniques and Compounds (two books), A.K.Cheetham and P. Day, Clarendon.
New Directions in Solid State Chemistry, C.N.R. Rao and J. Gopalakrishnan, Cambridge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Numerical data interpretation and analysis
Unseen problem solving skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof John Attfield
Tel: (0131 6)51 7229
|Course secretary||Mr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710