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Unit information: Technology & Automation Inspired Chemistry in 2021/22

Unit name Technology & Automation Inspired Chemistry
Unit code CHEMM0013
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Jonathan Clayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit involves students undertaking two successive 6-week mini-projects in a Core Supervisor's laboratory. We have a large and diverse pool of world-class academics with expertise in a very wide range of synthetic chemistry, enabling the students to choose two mini-projects in: methodology, asymmetric synthesis, photochemistry, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, mechanism, carbohydrate chemistry, iron catalysis, NMR, mechanism; synthesis, biosynthesis, supramolecular, ligand synthesis, catalysis, heterocyclic synthesis, synthesis, dynamic stereochemistry, protein chemistry, synthetic biology; AI, ML, VR, protein structure, catalysis, methodology, main group chemistry, catalysis, molecular machines, computational chemistry, data analysis, ligand design, catalysis, high-field NMR, structure prediction.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students can perform a range of experiments in two advanced areas of synthetic chemistry, present their work at group meetings, write in the style of a scientific journal and undertake independent research. Students will also experience different research groups and supervision philosophies

Teaching Information

Predominantly lab-based work supported by hands-on workshops on experimental techniques.

Assessment Information

Laboratory based work written up in the form of a research paper and associated supplementary information using the templates from the Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS). These papers will then be double-marked by staff.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.