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Module

CHY8425 : Exploring d and f block chemistry: applications and structural methods

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Izod
  • Lecturer: Dr Lee Higham, Professor Andrew Houlton
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To present a series of short courses on advanced topics in contemporary inorganic chemistry; to show how fundamental aspects of inorganic chemistry are being used to develop new concepts in chemistry and applied in modern chemical industry.

This module shows how concepts learnt in earlier stages of the student’s studies are used in modern inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on contemporary research topics. The module will comprise 3 different, but related, aspects of inorganic chemistry

Outline Of Syllabus

Lanthanide Chemistry
Dr KJ Izod

1 The f-orbitals – consequences for lanthanide chemistry
2 Occurrence, isolation and separation of the elements
3 Coordination chemistry – stability, oxidation states, geometries
4 Organometallics
5 Spectroscopy and magnetism
6 Lanthanides in organic synthesis
7 Lanthanides in catalysis
8 Lanthanides in medicine

Radio-metals: Their Properties, Chemistry and Application
Dr LJ Higham

1 Introduction
2 Technetium - the element and its not-so-simple inorganic chemistry
3 Technetium - Coordination and organometallic chemistry and applications
4 Promethium and Uranium
5 Uranium - the element and its inorganic chemistry
6 Uranium - coordination and organometallic chemistry
7 Plutonium
8 Beyond Pu - what lies ahead

Structural Methods in Materials Chemistry
Professor A Houlton

1 Introduction
2 X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
3-4 γ-ray Spectroscopy
5-6 Scanning Probe Microscopy
7-8 Case Studies

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion270:5022:30Revision for semester 1 assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Alternative online assessment of semester 1
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials271:0027:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE each week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion131:0031:00Background reading around all topics covered in the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk90:304:30Online - Overview and discussion within topics
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module presents a diverse range of topics in inorganic chemistry. Some of the topics build on modules presented at Stage 3 but take the topic to a more advanced level. Others are topics to which the student has never been exposed before. All of the topics represent contemporary research areas in inorganic chemistry and are suitable for advanced students wanting to specialise in inorganic (or allied) chemistry. Students will acquire their knowledge and understanding through online lecture materials and discussion with the module team.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M100Alternate assessment of all topics covered in module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The alternate assessment will assess the student's knowledge and understanding of selected topics in inorganic chemistry.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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