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Unit information: Special Inorganic and Materials Chemistry in 2019/20

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Unit name Special Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
Unit code CHEMM0003
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Russell
Open unit status Not open

CHEM30019, CHEM30001, CHEM30002 or CHEM30003



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit develops the inorganic and materials chemistry given in CHEM30019 to build to an advanced stage for the MSci level of study. The topics covered are main group chemistry, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, X-ray crystallography and functional soft materials in nanoscience. Many of these topics will have a “research frontiers” theme, examining topics that are at the cutting edge of contemporary research. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide a deepening understanding and widening knowledge of inorganic and materials chemistry, which is appropriate for a final year MSci student. The implications of these ideas are illustrated with real world examples to set them in context and highlight their relevance in the modern scientific world. The unit aims to explore key reactivity in new areas of chemistry which build upon and broaden concepts introduced in the first three years.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Appraise recent developments in research in main group chemistry
  • Appraise recent developments in research in organometallic chemistry
  • Appraise recent developments in the nanoscience of soft materials
  • Explain the role of metals in biological processes
  • Explain the use of X-rays in probing molecular structure.

Teaching details

Lectures, workshops (classes of 20 students with two staff members) and masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides an important e-learning resource in advance of workshop sessions. Pre-workshop online material will be provided to assist students with the contact workshop.

Assessment Details

Students will assessed by one 3 hour written exam (summative 100%).

Reading and References

Essential reading will be from the following books:

Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition, M Weller, T Overton, J Rourke and F Armstrong, Oxford University Press 2014.