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

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Izod
  • Lecturer: Dr Erli Lu, 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 how these are 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

Material will cover aspects of structure, bonding and reactivity of compounds of the lanthanide and actinide elements. This will include their isolation and their applications in a wide variety of fields such as medical imaging, synthesis, and nuclear technologies. Students will also be exposed to characterisation techniques that they will not have covered in earlier modules and will learn how these are used to identify molecular and solid-state materials.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials361:0036:00A combination of traditional and flipped lectures each week.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination Semester 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion361:0036:00Revision for semester 1 assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:0026:00Background reading around all topics covered in the module
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 lecture materials and discussion with the module team. Should the public health situation change, both the method of delivery and assessment will change. Delivery will switch to online recordings, backed up by drop-in sessions, and assessment will be by a take-home (5-day) online assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Formal examination at end of semester 1or alternate approach if PiP exams not possible will be online assessed coursework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment, at the end of semester 1, 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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