Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Over the last 20 years, complex nanostructured materials have emerged as exciting materials for many advanced and tailored applications due to the rapid progress in the synthesis and assembly of these multi-functional materials. This course will explore the chemistry that underpins how these materials are made and how they can be used in applications such as biomaterials, in diagnostics and as biosensors, in energy production and storage and in environmental remediation. The course will provide students with a broad overview of how recent advances in materials chemistry are opening up new possibilities in the application areas of energy, environment and health.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Compare and correlate the chemistry, structure and application of functional materials;

2. Describe the synthesis and characterisation of functional materials;

3. lnvestigate the synthesis, structure and reactivity of exemplar functional materials;

4. Apply the scientific process in the conduct and reporting of experimental investigations;

5. Demonstrate an awareness of the safety responsibilities involved in working with chemicals and hazardous substances;

6. Independently integrate key concepts regarding the chemistry and application of nanostructured functional materials.


This course involves the study of:

  • The synthesis, assembly and properties of functional materials.
  • The applications of functional materials in fields such as - biomaterials and in nanomedicine; or energy production, storage and fuel cell technologies; environmental remediation and clean-up technologies.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed CHEM3560.

Assumed knowledge

CHEM2210 and CHEM2410

Assessment items

Report: Laboratory Reports *

In Term Test: In Term Tests *

* 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:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - All Scheduled Laboratory Sessions
  • Laboratory: 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. - 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.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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


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

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