CH3P2-Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 2

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring
Pre-requisites: CH2PH1 Further Physical Chemistry
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Prof Georg Held


The overall aim of the module is to introduce the student to advanced topics in physical chemistry related to surface phenomena.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should understand the factors determining surface structure and reactivity and should be able to explain how differences in reactivity are found between different surfaces. Students should understand the nature of the chemical bond in term of the LCAO approximation and should be able to interpret simple molecular electronic spectra.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
G Marston (10 ) Atomic and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy
The failures of the Lewis octet approach. The Born-Oppenheimer separation. Molecular orbitals in H2+. The linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO). Quantitative approach to LCAO: energies and wave functions. Atomic Structure and Spectroscopy: vector representation and coupling of angular momentum; term symbols. Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy: term symbols; complexity of molecular electronic spectroscopy; vibrational coarse structure (Franck-Condon Principle); rovibrational fine structure; band head formation.

G Held (10) The Solid-Gas Interface
Solid surfaces and their interaction with the gas phase: scientific and technological importance. Chemical and physical adsorption processes. Adsorption isotherms and models thereof, including critical consideration of the ideas behind the Langmuir isotherm. Experimental techniques for studying surface structure and composition.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Twenty one-hour lectures backed up with two tutorials and two workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 76
Total hours by term 0 100 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will attend 2 tutorials & 2 workshops on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory at both. A tutorial comprises both written work and oral contribution. A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work and 5 marks for the oral contribution for each tutorial set. Submission Dates:
Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry in any term will automatically incur a formal warning from the School Director of Teaching and Learning.

Length of examination:
1.5 hours

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination will take place in the September following final examination when a student has failed the programme overall. The re-examination will be by exam only, no coursework will be included in this reassessment.

Last updated: 7 May 2012

Things to do now