The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe bonding and the electronic structure in materials and nanomaterials, and apply their knowledge to the chemistry and synthesis of semiconductor materials and nanomaterials.

2. Describe the utility of semiconductor materials and nanoporous materials in contemporary environmental applications, e.g. solar energy generation

3. Competently use computational chemistry software for modelling semiconductor materials and nanomaterials

4. Competently use various instruments for the synthesis, characterisation and electrochemical applications of semiconductors and nanomaterials

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

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


The course involves study of:

  • Solids and interfaces in energy production and conversion
  • Structure determination in solids
  • Semiconductor photo-electrochemistry
  • Theories of bonding in solids and nanomaterials
  • Electronic structure of solids and nanomaterials
  • Synthesis, characterisation and applications of nanomaterials and nanoporous materials


Students must have successfully completed CHEM2210 or CHEM2410 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CHEM2210 and CHEM2410

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessments

Quiz: Written assessment - Tutorial Quiz

Report: Group or Individual 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 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 an overall mark of 50 or more to pass the course
  • 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 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 Full Term


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