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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Analytical and Characterisation Methods PGT (CHEM11080)

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 analytical and characterisation methods used in materials chemistry. The course comprises individual lecture courses on: Neutron and X-ray Scattering Methods, Solid State NMR, Computational Chemistry, Electron Microscopy and Electrochemistry.
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 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 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam (75%) and Coursework (25%)
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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the physical basis underlying contemporary experimental and computational techniques for characterisation of materials in terms of their chemical structure and reactivity.
  2. Synthesise meaningful interpretations of chemical structures and processes using physical data, and make assessments of work presented in contemporary scientific literature.
  3. Students are expected to demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced, specialised characterisation techniques used in 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
William Clegg. X-Ray Crystallography. Oxford University Press; 2015.

Hammond C. The Basics of Crystallography and Diffraction. Oxford University Press; 2015. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738671.001.0001

Giacovazzo C, International Union of Crystallography., eds. Fundamentals of Crystallography. 3rd edition. Oxford University Press; 2011.

Bacon GE (George E. Neutron Diffraction. Third edition.. Clarendon Press; 1975.

Squires GL. Introduction to the Theory of Thermal Neutron Scattering. Third edition.. Cambridge University Press; 2012.

Atkins PW (Peter W. Atkins┬┐ Physical Chemistry. Eleventh edition / Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, James Keeler.. (De Paula J, Keeler J, eds.). Oxford University Press; 2018.

Fisher AC. Electrode Dynamics. (Royal Society of Chemistry. Electrochemistry Group., ed.). Oxford University Press; 1996.

Huiyan Anna Xiong and Kathy Stepien. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (Solid-state NMR) - Chemistry LibreTexts. Published online 2020.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - Chemistry LibreTexts.

Duer MJ. Introduction to Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy. Blackwell; 2004.

Harris RK (Robin K, Wasylishen RE, Duer MJ, eds. NMR Crystallography. Wiley; 2009.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Note-taking skills
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis
3. Unseen problem solving skills
KeywordsMaterials Chemistry
Course organiser Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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