Energy and Structure

Course code CHEM3410Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The themes of energy and structure are used to examine aspects of applied physical chemistry with a focus on the relationship between macroscopic properties and molecular-scale structure. Electrode dynamics, including the metal-solution interface and structure of the double layer, is examined, along with rates and mechanisms of charge transfer reactions, electrochemical techniques and corrosion. Key surface chemistry concepts are introduced, including the role of surface energy and adsorption of molecules at phase boundaries or interfaces. Surfactant self-assembly into soft materials including micelles, liquid crystals and microemulsions is examined, and the relationship between these structures and those formed by room temperature ionic liquids is explained.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. developed expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry;
2. a greater understanding of the range of physical processes operating in chemistry;
3. developed a deeper understanding of the methods and theories of applied physical chemistry;
4. an understanding of the role of the physical chemist in the interpretation of physical and chemical phenomena;
5. an understanding of the concepts of electrode dynamics, surface chemistry, and soft matter;
6. laboratory experience with some methods employed in applied physical chemistry;
7. expanded skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments;
8. an extended understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with hazardous substances.
ContentThe course involves study of:

1) ELECTRODE DYNAMICS:
a) the electrically charged interface
b) charge transfer at the interface
c) multi-step charge transfer processes
d) mass transport control
e) experimental techniques
f) corrosion

2) SURFACE CHEMISTRY:
a) surface energy
b) adsorption
c) the solid-gas interface
d) the solid-liquid interface
e) the liquid-gas interface

3) SOFT MATTER:
a) surfactants, micelles and adsorption
b) liquid crystals
c) emulsions and microemulsions
d) room temperature ionic liquids
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM2410
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has a compulsory course component in its laboratory component. Students must participate in and submit reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the
compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the
compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEM3410