This course explores the synthesis, characterisation and chemistry of materials and nanostructures relevant to energy conversion applications. 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. The synthesis, characterisation and electronic structure of nanomaterials is examined in the context of energy applications and catalysis. An introduction to modelling the electronic structure of solid state materials with computational chemistry is provided, and the fundamental nature and applications of semiconductor materials will also be discussed.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Apply concepts and solve problems of applied physical chemistry;
2. Relate electrode dynamics to the performance of electrochemical systems;
3. Describe the electronic structure, surface chemistry and morphology of nanomaterials, and apply this knowledge to synthesis, characterisation and energy-related applications;
4. Competently use instrumentation and methods employed in applied physical chemistry;
5. Competently use computational chemistry software to model the electronic structure of semiconductor materials and nanomaterials;
6. Apply the scientific process in the design, conduct, evaluation and reporting of experimental investigations;
7. Assess and mitigate risks when working with chemicals and hazardous substances;
8. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigation and reporting.
The course involves study of:
• Solids and interfaces in energy production and conversion
• Semiconductor photo-electrochemistry
• Synthetic strategies and characterisation of nanomaterials
• Theories of bonding in solids and nanomaterials
• Electronic structure of semiconductor materials
Students must have successfully completed CHEM2410 to be enrolled in this course.
CHEM2410, CHEM2210, CHEM2110.
In Term Test: In Term Tests *
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group or Individual Laboratory Exercises and 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 may only miss 1 laboratory session. Students who missed a laboratory with a recognised adverse circumstance will have the opportunity to complete that laboratory at a later date.
- Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students may only miss 1 laboratory session. 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. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item 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 4 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 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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