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Module

CHY8428 : Energy and Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eimer Tuite
  • Lecturer: Dr Ben Horrocks, Dr Fabio Cucinotta, Dr Elizabeth Gibson
  • 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

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture480:3024:00Online via Canvas - lecture material released weekly online by the module team
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00In course assessment of module
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0012:00Research papers will be available for reading around the topics within the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Each lecturer to be available individually to discuss any questions students have about the material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Background reading of all topics within the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00All four lecturers will be present at a session in at the start of the module to discuss topics
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students acquire knowledge and understanding of the specific topics through online lecture material and additional reading on the topics.

Students will gain deeper insight into the topics through researching the literature for in-course assessment.

Each lecturer will be available individually to discuss any questions students have about the material in advance of the assessment. This will be timetabled during the buffer week in the 5th week of teaching term.

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 assessment1M100Online assessment of whole module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will complete an online assessment on the material that has been presented in each of the lecture courses.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable