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Unit information: Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry for Chemical Physicists in 2020/21

Unit name Advanced Inorganic and Materials Chemistry for Chemical Physicists
Unit code CHEM30016
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Davis
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science


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 coordination 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

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

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, workshops and independent study, supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resources in advance of workshop sessions. Pre-workshop online material will be provided to assist students with workshops.

Assessment Details

Assessment of learning/Summative assessmsent End-of-unit timed, open-book examination (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.