Materials Chemistry: Solids and Semiconductors

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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

Content

The course involves study of:

  1. Solids and surfaces in energy production:
  • introduction to structure determination in solids
  • electronic structure of solids
  • solid state solar energy conversion
  • the semiconductor-solution interface
  • semiconductor photo-electrochemistry
  1. Computational chemistry of materials :
  • introduction to quantum mechanics
  • theories of bonding and structure in molecules and solids
  • electronic structure theory of molecules and solids
  • applied computational methods for solid state chemistry

Assumed Knowledge

CHEM2210 and CHEM2410

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assessments

Report: Individual Laboratory Reports *

Report: Group Laboratory Reports *

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend all scheduled laboratory sessions
  • Computer Lab: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - All submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses
  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - all submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Mark of 40 or more

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term