- Class Number 6306
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Zongyou Yin
- Dr Luke Connal
- Prof Yun Liu
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This course is divided into two parts, the first is designed to develop an understanding of the structure and functionality of solid state materials. Topics to be covered include solid state, sol-gel and thin film synthesis, crystal chemistry, crystallography, ceramic processing and the relation between structure and function. The second is designed to develop an understanding of the structure, synthesis and properties of soft materials (i.e. polymers), and will include an overview of the different families of polymers, their structures, physical properties and uses. Also covered will be the various methods of polymer synthesis with an emphasis on how the synthetic methods used affect the resulting physical and chemical polymer properties, and the different methods of polymer characterisation and an examination of the associated physical properties they measure. The properties of some technologically important functional materials will be highlighted throughout this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and rationalise chemical bonding in the solid state and how structure affects the properties of materials.
- Understand basic crystallographic and crystal chemical concepts such as unit cells, Bravais lattices, fractional coordinates, Miller indices, close packing, phase diagrams etc. and how to apply them in rationalising simple inorganic crystal structure types.
- Understand concepts such as real and reciprocal space and explain how structure factor calculations and diffraction techniques can be used to determine atomic arrangements in crystals.
- Synthesise crystalline materials via solid state reaction and understand the reaction dynamics of sol-gel and hydrothermal reaction processes and the use of such procedures to synthesise functional nanomaterials and thin films .
- Explain and rationalise the physical properties of a range of functional materials including conductors, semi-conductors, insulators, dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and electro-optic materials etc
- Describe the main families and subfamilies of polymers, their uses, structures and synthesis.
- Explain how the various synthetic methods used, and their reaction kinetics, can dramatically alter the chemical and physical properties of polymers, and be able to predict simple properties like polymer molecular weight distributions based on knowledge of the reaction conditions.
- Explain and rationalise the main physical properties of soft materials in terms of their dependence on polymer composition, molecular weight and microstructure.
- Explain the principles of some of the key techniques used to characterise polymers.
Chemistry is essentially an experimental science. The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises designed to:
- illustrate and develop competence in a range of chemical techniques and manipulative skills.
- emphasise (particularly in first term) the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to chemical systems.
- develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.
- illustrate chemical topics, principles and concepts.
Examination Material or equipment
The In-Person labs will be temporarily replaced with Online mode due to COVID-19. More tutorial will be given to help on analysis related to the labs.
Course Website – online resources
Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM2213. You will be automatically added to these websites the evening
after you have enrolled in the courses via ISIS. If you cannot see the online site/s, please contact the Undergraduate Teaching Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per week for
The prescribed textbook is:
Course notes will be available. As well, the following books (available from the library) will be useful.
For Soft Materials:
- Principles of Polymerization. George Odian, Fourth Edition, Wiley (2004)
For Hard Materials:
- Solid State Chemistry and its applications (Second [student] Edition), Anthony R West, Wiley, 2014.
- Materials Chemistry, Bradley D. Fahlman, Springer, 2008.
- Chemical bonding in Solids, Jeremy K. Burdett, Oxford, 1995.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: laboratory reports as well as in the mid-semester exam. Students are encouraged to go through their marked exam and discuss the feedback with the Convenor.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Hard materials lectures|
|2||Hard materials lectures and lab safety induction|
|3||Hard materials lectures, Lab 1|
|4||Hard materials lectures, Lab 2|
|5||Hard materials lectures, Lab 2/3|
|6||Hard materials lectures, Lab 3|
|7||Soft materials lectures|
|8||Soft materials lectures, DSC/Nylon lab|
|9||Soft materials lectures|
|10||Soft materials lectures|
|11||Soft materials lectures, Chain transfer lab|
|12||Soft materials lectures|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid Semester Exam||36 %||30/08/2021||24/09/2021||1,2,3,4|
|End of Semester Exam||36 %||04/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports||28 %||26/07/2021||29/10/2021||5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
If based on In-Person mode, all the labs for Hard and Soft Materials will be operated in the laboratories at RSC. If based on the Online mode (for remote participants or due to COVID-19), for Hard Materials part, we will provide a video of standard experimental operation procedures and online workshop for analysis. Your lab prac report will be accomplished and submitted based on them. For Soft Materials part, we will provide links to videos and literature, and assessment will be the completion of a problem set for each lab. The online zoom meeting each week will be available to provide.
1 x mid-semester exam
1 x end of semester exam
Please note that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and the return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to cofirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Mid Semester Exam
2 hour mid-semester exam, held in the mid semester exam period.
The mid-semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the first terms lectures. It is hoped that the mid-semester exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.
The date range is a general indication of when the mid-semester exam will be held. Please check the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
End of Semester Exam
2 hour topic exam held in the November examination period.
The end of semester exam will assess lecture material from the second set of lectures.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 5
Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports
The Research School of Chemistry considers the laboratory component of all courses to be an integral part of each course and as such all laboratory sessions are compulsory. It is therefore the policy of the Research School of Chemistry that students will attend all laboratory classes scheduled for any course. Absences must be notified (in advance, if possible) to the course convenor, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.
Laboratory classes (4 hour sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the second week. The In-Person mode (or switch to Online mode due to COVID-19) labs will be operated for this Semester. The remote participants will be provided with the Online mode labs.
The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Materials Chemistry.
Laboratory reports are submitted via the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your report. Please keep a hard copy of the laboratory report for your records. Hard copies of laboratory reports are not required.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
There will be no hardcopy submission required. The submission will be online through Wattle.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle two weeks after submission.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
If the standard of a lab report is deemed unsatisfactory by the Course Convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator), you may be asked to resubmit the report.
Distribution of grades policy
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AsPr Zongyou Yin
Dr Luke Connal
Prof Yun Liu