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Module

CHY2003 : Topics in Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Pike
  • Lecturer: Dr Eimer Tuite, Dr Thomas Penfold
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To introduce a series of topics in contemporary inorganic, organic, physical and computational chemistry, reinforcing the chemical principles learnt in stage 1 chemistry.

Polymers
Dr EM Tuite

• understand what a polymer and a copolymer are and the different levels of structure they can assume
• appreciate the different mechanisms of polymerization and the different possible resultant structures
• know what the different expressions for polymer molar mass (Mn, Mv, Mw, Mz) are and how they inter-relate
• appreciate the different aspects of polymer stereochemistry
• know how to describe polymer structure in terms of the parameters of the freely-jointed chain model, e.g. contour length (Rc), radius of gyration (Rg), root mean square separation (Rrms)

Supramolecular Chemistry
Dr AR Pike

• understand the concepts and principles of supramolecular chemistry as “chemistry beyond the molecule”
• appreciate the development of research in the area, including Nobel prize winning work
• understand how nature utilizes supramolecular assemblies and how they can be mimicked
• be able to design supramolecular components for self-assembly and use in molecular devices

Computational Modelling
Dr T Penfold

• understand the basic concepts and uses of computational chemistry
• appreciate the validity of results based on appropriateness of theory levels
• be able to use ChemDraw as an interface to the GAMESS package
• know how to generate theoretical spectroscopic data for an arbitrary compound

Outline Of Syllabus

Polymers
Dr EM Tuite

1 Polymers Introduction
2 Radical Polymerisation
3 Anionic Polymerisation
4 Cationic Polymerisation
5 Ziegler-Natta Polymerisation
6 Step-Growth Polymerisation
7 Problem solving
8 Revision

Supramolecular Chemistry
Dr AR Pike

1 Supramolecular Introduction
2 Supramolecular interactions
3 Natural Supramolecular Systems
4 Cation/Anion/Neutral Molecule Binders
5 Self-assembled complexes
6 Biomimetic Assembly
7 Problem solving
8 Revision

Computational Modelling
Dr T Penfold

1 Introduction to computational chemistry; how, why and when
2 Theory levels; balancing accuracy with computational time
3 Introduction to ChemDraw as an interface to computational calculations
4 Problem solving, worked example and revision

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable