• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Timothy Senden
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This course is divided into two parts, both parts building on the material taught in CHEM 2209. The foundations in Solid State Chemistry are expanded to cover topics in structural characterisation, local crystal chemistry and properties of selected functional inorganic materials.

The Physical Chemistry part includes an introduction to statistical thermodynamics which is an essential tool for advanced research in physical chemistry including biophysics and surface chemistry.  The lecture material on colloid and surface chemistry is more applied with a focus on industrial examples.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand how intermolecular forces determine colloidal behaviour, surfactant and surface phenomena. (LO1)

2. Understand the application of statistical thermodynamics to describe the behaviour of gases, simple liquids, as well as phase (gas-liquid) phase equilibrium and liquid mixtures. (LO2)

3. Develop an understanding of the relationship between structure, local crystal chemistry and function in the solid state. (LO3)

4.  Implement the theory developed in the lecture course through the practical component. (LO4)

5. Work to a professional level of skills in a chemical laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in the areas of handling of chemicals and usage of lab-based glassware and equipment.



Indicative Assessment

• Mid-semester exam (37.5%) (LO1 & LO2)

• Assignments/lab reports (25%) (LO4 - 5)

• Final exam (37.5%) (LO3)

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65 hours of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes and a further 65 hours of independent learning.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2212 and/or CHEM2213.

Prescribed Texts

Physical Chemistry, Atkins and de Paula (any recent edition)

Inorganic Chemistry, 5th edition by P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller and F. Armstrong.

Assumed Knowledge

CHEM2212 Foundations of Physical Chemistry is recommended


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3341 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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