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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
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:5020:00Revision for end of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Background reading and practice past paper examination questions
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 lectures and problem sheets.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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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