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Postgraduate Course: Chemistry of Functional Materials PGT (CHEM11060)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA 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.

Course description 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. This course is a compulsory requirement for MSc (PGT) in Materials Chemistry.

The course work will be based on analysis and understanding of scientific work. Each student will be assigned two papers (relevant to the course topics) and they will provide answers for a set of questions based on interpretation of the data presented in the papers and the course material (submission via Turnitin). The question will have a strong problem-solving element and students will have to demonstrate understanding of their answers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Chemistry of Functional Materials Level 10 (CHEM10041) OR Chemistry of Functional Materials Level 11 (CHEM11037)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Chemistry of Functional Materials PGT3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. Calculate the magnetic moment of lanthanide and orbitally quenched transition metal ions from their electronic configuration.
  3. Interpret magnetic susceptibility data for paramagnets, antiferromagnets and ferromagnets and determine the sign and strength of exchange interactions from such data and interpret CMR.
  4. Describe the structure, properties, synthesis and characterisation of microporous and mesoporous materials.
  5. Understand and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved.
Reading List
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.
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Course organiserDr Annamaria Lilienkampf
Tel: (0131 6)50 4812
Course secretaryMiss Claire Dickson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7257
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