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Unit information: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry for Chemists in 2018/19

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Unit name Advanced Inorganic Chemistry for Chemists
Unit code CHEM30019
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Russell
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

CHEM20190

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

This unit develops the inorganic chemistry given in CHEM 20170 to expand the essential base of inorganic chemistry into this more advanced level of study. The unit covers the chemistry of the elements (non-transition metals and transition metals alike), advanced spectroscopic methods in inorganic chemistry and polymeric materials. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide a deepening understanding and widening knowledge of inorganic chemistry, which is appropriate for a final year BSc student and for a third year MSci student and will enable progress to even more advanced aspects in a variety of areas of inorganic chemistry for final year MSci students. 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 second year.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of f-block chemistry
  • Understanding of the principles of polymer science
  • Analyse and explain data for polymers in both solid state and solution
  • Analyse and explain electronic spectra for transition metal compounds
  • Explain how diffraction experiments are carried out for crystalline solids and liquids and how the results of these experiments are interpreted

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 written examinations totaling 3 hours (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.

Further reading from: Inorganic Chemistry, C. E. Housecroft and A. G. Sharpe, Pearson, 2005.

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