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Undergraduate Course: Properties and Reactions of Matter Level 11 (CHEM11023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA lecture course covering key areas of advanced physical chemistry, building on previous courses to provide an advanced treatment of the structure and chemistry of solids, surfaces, interfaces and gas-phase atoms, ions and molecules. The course comprises individual lectures on: Electrochemistry, Colloids, Solid State Chemistry, Surface Chemistry and Reaction Dynamics, Ions and Excited States. 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 and Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Properties and Reactions of Matter Level 10 (CHEM10021)
Other requirements (Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemistry 3 courses AND a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt) OR (Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemical Physics Year 3 courses AND a weighted average of Grade D or higher in all Chemical Physics Year 3 courses with degree examinations, at the first attempt) OR (with the permission of Head of School.)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - understand electrochemical kinetics, and the factors influencing the kinetics of reaction at an electrode
  2. - appreciate the different types of colloid systems and the factors that determine their properties, interactions and stability including quantitative relationships
  3. - understand the mechanism of conductivity in ionic solids, and the ways in which chemists can design materials with enhanced solid state conductivity, and use them in electrochemical devices
  4. - discuss the physical basis and application of key spectroscopic and diffraction techniques in studying surfaces and molecules adsorbed thereon, including XPS, UPS, AES, SPM, EELS and RAIRS including interpretation of expeirmental spectra
  5. - demonstrate how the concept of electronic configuration can be applied to the excited states of atoms and molecules and how these are included in computational chemistry
Reading List
Inorganic Materials Chemistry, M. T. Weller, Oxford.
Solid State Chemistry, L. Smart and E. Moore, Chapman and Hall.
Basic Solid State Chemistry, A.R. West, Wiley.

More detailed:
Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications, A.R. West, Wiley.
New Directions in Solid State Chemistry, C.N.R. Rao and J. Gopalakrishnan, Cambridge.
Solid State Chemistry: Techniques, Eds. A.K.Cheetham and P. Day, Clarendon.
Solid State Chemistry: Compounds, Eds. A.K.Cheetham and P. Day, Clarendon.
Molecular Crystals, J. D. Wright, Cambridge.

Structural Inorganic Chemistry, A.F. Wells, Oxford.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Note-taking skills
Numerical data interpretation and analysis
Unseen problem solving skills
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
Course organiserProf John Attfield
Tel: (0131 6)51 7229
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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