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CM3036: SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course introduces students to the fascinating properties of inorganic materials through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. An introduction to crystallography and crystal diffraction is given.  The students will also learn about solid state synthesis and the properties of important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, zeolites and ferroelectric materials.

In the laboratory practicals the students will synthesise some of the key materials described within the course such as coloured glass, high temperature superconductors and photocatalysts. Students will also gain hands on experience in powder X-ray diffraction.




Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course deals with the crystalline state and will provide theoretical and practical coverage of crystal structures and methods for their characterisation. The concepts of solid state synthesis, and the applications to chemistry will be introduced. Key concepts include:
  • Crystal symmetry
  • X-ray, Neutron and electron diffraction
  • Perovskites - structure and properties
  • Solid state synthetic methods.

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with PX 3016.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

100 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 ninety-minute written examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50% which consists of 5 laboratory reports).
Resit: 1 ninety-minute written examination (50%) plus carried over in-course assessment (50%). Only the marks obtained on first sitting will be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.

Feedback

Informal feedback will be give to students after the tutorial exercises and practical reports.

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