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Module

CHY3206 : Advanced Physical Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ben Horrocks
  • Lecturer: Dr Fabio Cucinotta, Dr Thomas Penfold
  • Practical Supervisor: Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

To explain the energetic and dynamics of chemical reactions in terms of detailed molecular behaviour; to provide an understanding of chemical nanoscience, and to review selected advanced experimental techniques. To practise and develop skills in molecular modelling.
To practise and develop skills in practical physical chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energetics and Dynamics

Molecular photophysics, Potential energy surfaces, Radiative decay, Nonradiative processes, Energy-gap law, Isomerisation, Energy transfer, Spin restriction, Marcus theory, Revision seminar

Molecular Modelling

Introduction to molecular modelling, Quantum concepts, basis functions, Ab initio quantum chemistry: Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, Applications of ab initio quantum chemistry, Molecular mechanics and applications, Revision seminar.

Chemical Nanoscience

Introduction to Chemical Nanoscience, Electronic structure of solids – tight binding and nearly-free electrons, Nanoparticles and Quantum dots – properties and synthesis, Applications of nanoparticles, Conductance in solids, Nanowires – properties and synthesis, Electron and probe microscopy, Revision seminar.

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