Postgraduate Course: Advanced Materials Chemistry PGT (CHEM11067)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||A course on Advanced Materials Chemistry
A lecture course covering advanced aspects of modern materials chemistry including the design, synthesis, properties and applications of a wide range of materials. Particular emphasis is given to electronic materials (conductors, semiconductors and superconductors), magnetic materials, cement materials and polymers. The course comprises individual lecture courses on: Ionic Materials, Electronic Materials, Magnetic Materials, Polymer Materials and Cement Materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and discuss common structural types of ionic materials, defect chemistry and ionic conductivity when applied to fast ion-conductors, batteries, fuel cells and sensors
- 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.
- Interpret magnetic susceptibility data for paramagnets, antiferromagnets and ferromagnets and determine the sign and strength of exchange interactions from such data and interpret CMR.
- Understand and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved and the high temperature chemistry, phase relations and hydration processes in cement materials.
- Level 11 students are expected to demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced, specialised materials chemistry, express originality in thinking, be able to solve abstract problems and communicate ideas and concepts to a professional standard and exercise independent thought, autonomy and initiative in learning.
|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
||1. Note-taking skills
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis
3. Unseen problem solving skills
|Course organiser||Dr Caroline Kirk
Tel: (0131 6)50 4724
|Course secretary||Ms Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546