• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Physics, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Yun Liu
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course introduces different properties and applications of advanced materials, and address the most challenging R&Ds in the fields of modern science and technology, which includes energy materials, environmental materials, informational materials, biomaterials and various functional/smart materials. The contents include the material properties, device fabrication and application case study. Examples include:

  • Energy conversion (photo/mechanical/electrical-driven energy conversion and chemical fuels production)
  • Energy storage (battery, supercapacitors, hydrogen fuel, and redox flow cells),
  • Global warming mitigation (CO2 reduction to value-added resources),
  • Environmental protection (gas/chemical sensing, pollutant decontamination)
  • Electronic and electrical applications: Sensors, transducers and actuators as well as various devices for Al and high speed communication)
  • Semiconductor materials, photovoltaics and Optoelectronics (LEDs/lasers, photodetectors, solar cells and quantum devices).
  • Water treatment and medical applications: i.e. water filtration, diagnostic and therapeutic applications

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically analyse and explain the properties and working mechanisms of functional materials and devices in various applications in energy, environmental, medical and information fields.
  2. Develop advanced, integrated understanding of relationships between materials science, functionality and application strategies.
  3. Apply professional skills in a material chemistry laboratory, receive on-site training on effective laboratory safety and etiquette, and implement in practice the knowledge acquired in lectures and labs.
  4. Demonstrate specialised skills in advanced experimental techniques and expert knowledge in materials science.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory / Workshop reports (50) [LO 3,4]
  2. Mid-semester exam (25) [LO 1,2]
  3. Final exam (25) [LO 1,2]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face components which may consist of 3 x 1-hour lectures per week, a 3-hour laboratory/workshop sessions per week throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 65 hours of independent learning which will include preparation for lectures, laboratory/workshop reports and other assessment tasks. 

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Science in Material Science or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Materials Science

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3497 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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