- Code CHEM6213
- Unit Value 6 units
In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse critically, rationalise and explain chemical bonding in the solid state and how structure affects the properties of materials.
- Understand at an advanced and integrative level 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.
- Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information and 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.
- Research and apply complex knowledge to 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.
- Expertly 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 and others.
- Research, analyse and transmit knowledge, verbally and in writing, of the main families and subfamilies of polymers, their uses, structures and synthesis.
- Communicate, verbally and in writing, how various complex synthetic methods and their reaction kinetics can dramatically alter the chemical and physical properties of polymers, and predict simple properties like polymer molecular weight distributions based on specialised knowledge of the reaction conditions.
- Expertly explain and analytically rationalise the main physical properties of soft materials in terms of their dependence on polymer composition, molecular weight and microstructure.
- Research, analyse and synthesise complex information and concepts in order to explain the principles of some key techniques used to characterise polymers.
- Mid-semester exam (37) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignments/lab reports (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
- Final exam (38) [LO 6,7,8,9]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week plus 27 hours of laboratory throughout the semester.
- Approximately 67 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
George Odian, Principles of Polymerization, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2004; Bradley D. Fahlman, Materials Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Springer, 2011.
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