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CHEM3919: Materials Chemistry (Advanced)

An extraordinarily diverse array of new and emerging technologies are founded on inorganic solid-state materials designed and characterised in chemistry laboratories. The key to their importance is that solid-state materials have scientifically and technologically important properties that are either absent or difficult to achieve in other states of matter, because they arise not simply from individual atoms and molecules, but from the emergence of collective interactions when they are organised into extended lattices. The unit will examine how a range of interesting chemical and physical properties arise in the solid state and discuss current and future technological applications for these properties. The unit will explore materials for industrial and environmental applications such as carbon dioxide capture and catalysis, energy applications like hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries, and electronic applications such as superconductivity and photovoltaics. You will learn about the fundamental relationships between chemical composition, three-dimensional structure, and physical properties; how to measure and model them; and how to manipulate them in the pursuit of new and optimised functional materials for the devices of the future. Advanced students attend in addition an advanced seminar series to gain more in-depth disciplinary knowledge where they actively engage with a diverse range of contemporary chemical research problems and case studies. They gain additional opportunities to develop skills in collaborative work and enhance their written and oral communication skills.

Code CHEM3919
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 65 or greater in [(CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2524 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916 or CHEM2924)] or a mark of 65 or greater in (CHEM2521 or CHEM2921 or CHEM2991)
CHEM3112 or CHEM3119 or CHEM3912

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

  • LO1. Explain the driving forces behind the formation of solid materials, transitions between materials with different structures but same composition and about key experimental and theoretical methods used in materials chemistry research, information they provide, their advantages and limitations.​
  • LO2. Recognise, interpret and experimentally determine the periodic crystal structures of non-molecular materials.​
  • LO3. Examine classes of materials including alloys, intermetallics, ionic compounds, covalent networks and metal-organic frameworks.​
  • LO4. ​Assess the physical properties of materials to their crystal structures and develop ways in which structures can be modified to optimise their properties for diverse technological applications.​
  • LO5. Carry out experimental work safely and competently in a chemical laboratory​.
  • LO6. ​Develop skills to work collaboratively in responsible data collection, analysis and communication and advanced chemical enquiry.​
  • LO7. Evaluate and interpret scientific information and experimental data and judge their reliability and significance​.
  • LO8. Communicate scientific information and laboratory findings appropriately both orally and through written work​ and engage in discussions on contemporary topics in chemistry.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.