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CHEM2521: Molecular Stability and Reactivity

There are over 144 million chemical substances so far identified, a diversity that makes possible the rich fabric of the material and biological worlds. Underpinning this huge diversity are a few fundamental rules of electronic arrangements in atoms and molecules that determine what molecules will be stable and when they will undergo transformation by chemical reaction. This unit will describe these fundamental rules and investigate how electronic rearrangements stabilise molecules by forming covalent bonds. You will investigate the quantum theory of bonding and apply these concepts to establish the rules that govern bond geometries, aromaticity, substitution and elimination reactions. You will investigate the bonding of metal complexes and the relation between magnetism and structure in these compounds. You will learn the fundamentals of electronic and vibrational spectroscopies and how these techniques are used to measure molecular properties. By doing this unit you will develop the fundamental understanding of chemical stability and reactivity essential for further work in all chemically related fields and have established a solid foundation for further study in chemistry.

Code CHEM2521
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
(CHEM1011 or CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1012 or CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
CHEM2921 or CHEM2991 or CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and apply knowledge of bonding and spectroscopy
  • LO2. work safely and competently in a chemical laboratory
  • LO3. communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual etc.) for a variety of audiences
  • LO4. recognise the relevance of bonding and spectroscopy to applications beyond the discipline of chemistry and articulate the social value of the subject
  • LO5. evaluate and interpret chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in molecular stability and reactivity
  • LO6. work collaboratively and responsibly in data collection, analysis and communication.