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Unit information: Core Special Chemistry for Chemical Physicists in 2018/19

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Unit name Core Special Chemistry for Chemical Physicists
Unit code CHEMM0011
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Russell
Open unit status Not open

(CHEM30016 or CHEM30006) or CHEM30001 or CHEM30002 or CHEM30003 or CHEMM4000



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit covers a range of advanced topics in physical and materials Chemistry that are relevant to physical scientists. These topics are considered to be ‘core’ topics that all MSci graduates in Chemistry and Chemical Physics will cover. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide an advanced understanding of a range of advanced and special topics in chemistry, as suited to final-year MSci students, in preparation either for chemical work in an industrial or academic setting. The unit builds upon concepts covered in all three of the previous years.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understanding the structure of surfaces
  • Understanding the interactions between molecules and surfaces
  • Into experimental and theoretical techniques to study surfaces
  • Gaining a good appreciation of bonding and forces in solids
  • Knowledge of non-ideal solid-state structures - non-stoichiometric compounds, defects, and their role in conductivity.
  • Understanding the nature of functional nanoscale materials

Teaching details

Lectures, workshops (classes of 20 students with two staff members) and independent study. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides 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 be assessed by written examination totalling 90 minutes (summative 100%).

Reading and References

Essential reading will be from the following books:

Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, 10th Edition, P W Atkins and J de Paula, Oxford University Press 2014.

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

Further reading will be from the following books:

Inorganic Chemistry, Catherine E. Housecroft and Alan G. Sharpe, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2008; The Physics and Chemistry of Solids, Stephen Elliott, Wiley-Blackwell; Surfaces, G. Attard and C. Barnes, Oxford Chemistry Primer, 1998.