CH3I2-Clusters, Extended Arrays and Solid-State Chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 chemistry
Modules excluded: Title was "Shapes and Structures of Small molecules and extended arrays" changed for 2008/9
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Ann Chippindale


Summary module description:

To develop students’ knowledge of chemical systems as they increase in complexity from small molecules to clusters, extended arrays and finally to infinite solids. To introduce students to methods of synthesising different classes of material. To give the students a working knowledge of the relationship between structure and properties in the solid state together with examples.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should develop the ability to give accounts of the material covered and to solve problems based on the material presented, together with associated chemical knowledge.

Additional outcomes:
Students should be able to relate basic coordination chemistry both to supramolecular chemistry, and solid-state chemistry. The module should also provide students with background knowledge for Part 4 studies in Inorganic Chemistry.

Outline content:

R Grau Crespo (5 lectures) Introduction to nanochemistry and nanomaterials Quantum dots and metallic nanoparticles. Artificially layered materials. Quantum wells. van der Waals’ heterostructures.Self-assembled nanostructures. Graphitic nanostructures: graphene, nanotubes, nanoribbons and boron nitride analogues. Nanoporous materials. Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs). A M Chippindale (10 lectures) Solid State-Chemistry Simple extended structures and structural building blocks, use of projections, and the determination of coordination numbers, coordination geometries and bond lengths. Applications of these concepts to the structures and properties of cuprate superconductors. The preparation of solids using both high- and low- temperature methods. Intercalation chemistry. The structure and properties of zeolites and other open-framework materials. The electronic properties of solids including simple band theory. Ionic conductivity in solids. Applications in batteries, fuel cells and sensors. M J Almond (5 lectures) Cluster Chemistry Cluster and cage compounds; shapes of clusters; boranes: classification, bonding (Wade’s Rules), 11B NMR spectroscopy; carboranes; preparation, structure. Zintl ions, structures and applications of Wade’s rules. Isolobal relationship; transition-metal carbonyl clusters: Fe, Ru and Os trinuclear clusters; Co, Rh and Ir tetranuclear clusters; carbido-metal carbonyl clusters, multinuclear NMR and IR spectroscopy. Transition-metal halide clusters of groups 5 and 6.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Twenty one-hour lectures backed up by three tutorials, three revision tutorials and guided self-study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 3
Tutorials 3
Guided independent study 74
Total hours by term 97.00 3.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will attend 3 tutorials and a workshop on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. A tutorial comprises both written work and oral contribution.

A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work for each tutorial set.

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 hrs

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

    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.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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