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Unit information: Advanced Chemical Techniques Lecture Course in 2015/16

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Unit name Advanced Chemical Techniques Lecture Course
Unit code CHEMM5001
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Booker-Milburn
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This is a compulsory 15 lectures & 15 workshops unit for the CDT students to undertake as part of the 7-month PACT course. It aims to give the cohort detailed introduction to areas such as synthetic strategy, techniques for mechanistic determination and computational techniques that they will have had limited experience of as undergraduates.

Intended Learning Outcomes

It is expected that the students will use the theory of this unit to aid their PhD research by gaining knowledge and understanding of:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules
  • Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials
  • Development of expedient new synthetic methodologies
  • Chemistry, synthesis and activity of natural products
  • Cleaner synthesis
  • DFT to model transition states and calculate energy minima
  • Spectroscopy
  • Kinetics and mechanisms

Teaching Information

15 x 1h lectures + 15 x 1h workshops

Assessment Information

Will be assessed by a 2 hour and 30 minutes exam (100%). Students are asked to answer 4 out of 5 questions.

Reading and References

Detailed references and reading will be provided by the academic member responsible for each set of lectures.