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Module

CHY8428 : Energy and Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eimer Tuite
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Gibson, Dr Ben Horrocks, Dr Fabio Cucinotta
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

Chemistry underpins many areas of science, and its interdisciplinary application links to fields of strategic global importance.
This module discusses the role of modern advances in physical chemistry in relation to four contemporary research issues.
Applications of physical chemistry research are illustrated by examples in the fields of renewable energy, climate change, sensors, and molecular medicine.

Outline Of Syllabus

Supramolecular Photochemistry - Dr Fabio Cucinotta

1. Lessons from nature: photosynthesis.
2. Design of artificial photosystems.
3. Assembling hybrid structures.
4. Photophysical measurements and techniques.
5. Supramolecular opto-electronics.
6. Review of course and preparation for assignment.

Solar Cells - Dr Libby Gibson

1. Light absorption
2. Solar cell devices
3. Dye sensitized solar cells
4. Improving the efficiency
5. The third generation: tandem cells and quantum dots
6. Review of course and preparation for assignment.

Electrochemistry - Dr Ben Horrocks

1. Electrochemical cells, instrumentation and interfaces
2. Mass transfer and electrode kinetics
3. Steady state voltammetry;
4. Transient methods;
5. Electrochemical mechanisms and Probe microscopy
6. Review of course and preparation for assignment.

Biophysical Chemistry - Dr Eimer Tuite

1. Introduction to biopolymers and molecular recognition
2. Thermodynamics and kinetics
3. Optical spectroscopy
4. Polarized spectroscopy
5. Hydrodynamic techniques
6. Review of course and preparation for assignment.

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