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Course Overview

This course deals with important aspects of physical chemistry through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of spectroscopy and will gain an understanding of the nature of chemical bonding. An introduction to the thermodynamics and applications of electrochemical systems will be given.  We will show how variables such as pressure and temperature affect reaction rates and how this can lead to a better understanding of reaction mechanisms, in particular, industrially important polymerization reactions.  The chemistry of liquid and solid surfaces will also be described with examples relating to the petrochemical industry.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either CM2008 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Passed) or CM2010 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM3034 Chemistry for Students of Physical Science (II) (Studied)
  • CM3537 Chemistry for Students of Physical Science (II) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Fundamentals of spectroscopy and bonding
  • Surface chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (66.7%) and in-course assessment (33.3%).

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination (66.7%) plus carried over in-course assessment (33.3%). Only the mark obtained on first sitting will be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

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


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

Course Learning Outcomes


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