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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Materials Chemistry PGT (CHEM11067)

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 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.
Course description The course consists of 30 lectures divided into five lecture modules outlined above. Each lecture module is geared to presenting the important aspects of each of the topics and relevance to modern materials in use. Each lecture module is followed by a tutorial class session where problems arising from the content can be discussed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Advanced Materials Chemistry (CHEM10058)
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, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 138 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 5 equally weighted pieces of coursework to assess each lecture module.
Feedback Each lecture module has an associated tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling coursework-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course.
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 and the high temperature chemistry, phase relations and hydration processes in cement materials.
  5. 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.
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
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures plus tutorials, at times arranged.
Keywordsmaterials chemistry
Course organiserDr Caroline Kirk
Tel: (0131 6)50 4724
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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