Materials Chemistry: Solids and Semiconductors

Course code CHEM3560Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Course Description. An understanding is given of the structure of several classes of advanced materials and of their importance in industrial applications. The course will examine the nanostructure of inorganic solids, and will provide an introduction to real solids. An introduction to modelling solid state materials with computational chemistry is provided, and the fundamental nature and applications of semiconductor materials will also be discussed.

The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

This course has compulsory course component in both the theory and laboratory components. Students must participate in and submit reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in the laboratory component. In addition, they must also achieve a minimum mark of 40% in the final exam. An overall passing grade of at least 50% for the entire course must also be gained.

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 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to develop expertise relevant to the professional practice of solid state chemistry and solar energy generation
2. to develop an understanding of the chemistry of solids
3. to develop an understanding of how quantum mechanics can be applied in materials chemistry
4. to develop an understanding of symmetry, bonding and structure in materials
5. to develop an understanding of computational chemistry methods, and to gain proficiency in the use of computational chemistry software for studying solid-state structure
6. to provide an understanding of the principal concepts and tasks for the electrochemist
7. to provide experience in the scientific methods employed in solid state chemistry and electrochemistry
8. to develop skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in solid state and surface chemistry
9. to further develop skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
10. to extend understanding of the professional, and safety responsibilities residing in working with hazardous substances
ContentThe course involves study of:

1. Solids and surfaces in energy production:
a) introduction to structure determination in solids
b) electronic structure of solids
c) solid state solar energy conversion
d) the semiconductor-solution interface
e) semiconductor photo-electrochemistry

2. Computational chemistry of materials :
a) introduction to quantum mechanics
b) theories of bonding and structure in molecules and solids
c) electronic structure theory of molecules and solids
d) applied computational methods for solid state chemistry
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM2210 and CHEM2410
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must achieve a passing grade of at least 40% in the formal examination in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the course objectives related to the appropriate theoretical knowledge for this course.
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 ExercisesThe laboratory component of this course is compulsory. 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.
Other: (please specify)Tutorial tests and assignments
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-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.
In addition to the Compulsory Course Components, students must also achieve an overall mark of at least 50% in the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEM3560