There are some ninety-two naturally occurring elements in the periodic table. When in combination, these elements form the materials that underpin our everyday lives. This course provides a foundation for understanding the structure, synthesis and chemistry of these materials and nanomaterials. The course includes the descriptive chemistry within four principal classes of materials, integrating key concepts such as symmetry, structure, bonding, synthesis and characterisation. Applications within these classes of materials will also be discussed, such as catalysis, clean energy technologies, and biosensing.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Compare the chemistry, structure and application of inorganic, organic, carbon and composite materials;
2. Describe the synthesis and characterisation of inorganic, organic, carbon and composite materials;
3. Investigate the synthesis, structure, design and reactivity of materials using experimental and computational techniques;
4. Independently integrate key concepts regarding the synthesis, characterisation and chemistry of materials;
5. Apply the scientific method in conducting and reporting experimental investigations;
6. Demonstrate an awareness of the safety responsibilities involved in working with chemicals and hazardous substances.
The course involves study of the structure, synthesis and chemistry of materials including:
- Inorganic Materials, including nanoparticles and semiconductors
- Organic Materials, including surfactants, polymers and self-assembled soft matter
- Carbon Materials, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene
- Hybrid/Composite Materials, including coordination complexes and metal-organic frameworks
CHEM1010 Introductory Chemistry I and CHEM1020 Introductory Chemistry II.
In Term Test: In Term Tests *
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group or Individual Laboratory Exercises and Reports *
Report: Computer Lab Reports *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all computer laboratories.
- Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all laboratories. Students who missed a laboratory with a recognised adverse circumstance will have the opportunity to complete that laboratory at a later date.
- Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: 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. - Students must submit all reports and obtain an overall mark of at least 50% to pass the course.
- Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit all reports and obtain an overall mark of at least 50% to pass the course.
- In Term Test: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a mark of at least 40% in each test to pass this course.
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
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