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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Marcel Jaspars

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Science Laboratories during University weeks 9 - 12
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4x lab reports - 50%

3x coursework exercises - 50%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit failed exam assessments.

Submit or resubmit missing or failed lab reports or continuous assessments if the lab or CA component overall has been failed.

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students

Resit exam.

Submission or resubmission of lab reports if overall lab component failed.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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