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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Materials Chemistry (CHEM10058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA course on Advanced Materials Chemistry
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007) OR Chemical Physics 3S1 (CHPH09007) AND Chemical Physics 3S2 (CHPH09006) AND CP3 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHPH09005)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Advanced Materials Chemistry PGT (CHEM11067)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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 will be offered by the lecturers.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  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. Understand and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved.
  5. Understand and discuss the high temperature chemistry, phase relations and hydration processes in cement materials.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Note-taking skills
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis
3. Unseen problem solving skills
Keywordsmaterials chemistry
Course organiserDr Caroline Kirk
Tel: (0131 6)50 4724
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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