CH3AN2-Advanced Analytical Techniques for Inorganic Structure Determination

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH2AN1 Analytical Chemistry and Professional Skills 1 CH2IN1 Further Inorganic Chemistry
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Frantisek Hartl


Summary module description:
The students will gain an understanding of advanced analytical chemical techniques.

The students will gain an understanding of advanced analytical chemical techniques.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to :
• Describe and discuss the subject matter of the module and explain the concepts within it.
• Critically examine questions raised in workshops and analyse numerical and other problems.

Additional outcomes:
They will develop problem-solving and numeracy skills through workshops.

Outline content:
M J Almond (4 lectures (2x 2h) + 1 x 2h workshop – autumn term)
Raman Spectroscopy
Basic theory, contrast with IR spectroscopy. Experimental techniques; special problems. Fourier transform methods.
R A Bennett (3 lectures (1h + 2h) + 1/2 x 2h workshop – spring term)
Photoelectron Spectroscopy and X-ray Fluorescence
UV- and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and their role in studying molecular structure and bonding. X-ray fluorescence and its use in elemental analysis; Moseley’s law; portable XRF and it use in fieldwork.

P J F Harris (2 lectures (2x 1h) + 1/2 x 2h workshop – spring term)
Electron Microscopy
Concept of resolution in microscopy, diffraction limit. Advantages of electron microscopy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) - important components, origin of contrast in TEM images, effects of chromatic and spherical aberration and astigmatism. will be explained. Examples of using TEM in solid state chemistry.
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) - outline of its operation, function of its components. Difference between secondary electrons and backscattered electrons, type of images produced. X-ray microanalysis - introduction to the generation of X-rays, energy-dispersive and wavelength-dispersive types of X-ray spectrometer used in association with SEM. Examples of application of SEM/ X-ray microanalysis in chemistry.

F. Hartl (6 lectures (3x 2h) + 1 x 2h workshop – spring term)
Electrochemical Methods of Analysis
Principal types of electrochemical cells. Cyclic voltammetry at microelectrodes and its application in inorganic and coordination chemistry. Electrocatalytic reactions. Potentiometry with ion-selective electrodes.

F Hartl (4 lectures (2x 2h) + 1 x 2h workshop – spring term)
Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy
NMR spectroscopy of species containing a wide range of NMR-active nuclei. Use of chemical shift and coupling information to solve molecular structure and bonding properties of inorganic and coordination compounds.

F J Davis (4 lectures (2x 2h + 1 x 2h workshop – autumn term)
ESR Spectroscopy
ESR spectroscopy in studying paramagnetic molecules; g and A values; comparison with NMR spectroscopy.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
23 x 1-hour lectures + 10 hours of workshops.

Written test at the end of the spring term (2h), giving students more formal practice at the kind of questions that appear in the final exam.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 15
Seminars 4 6
Guided independent study 22 45
Total hours by term 34.00 66.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

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Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be held in August and will be by examination only worth 100%.

    Final year students are not eligible to resit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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