CH4I3-Functional Inorganic Materials

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH3I1 d and f block chemistry and CH3I2 Clusters, Extended Arrays and Solid-State Chemistry or CH3DL Placement Distance Learning and CH2IN1 Further Inorganic Chemistry
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Anthony Powell


Type of module:

Summary module description:
An advanced course in that deals with fundamental materials properties and their application in functional materials.

The course will introduce fundamental aspects of the magnetic and electronic properties of solid-state inorganic materials. The course aims to illustrate how these properties can be understood in terms of the electronic structure of the constituent ions and the manner in which these ions are arranged in a material. Drawing on appropriate examples, the course will show using how these underlying physical properties can be exploited in functional materials for a range of applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:
After studying this module students will be able to:
Demonstrate critical understanding of the theory, principles and concepts of the magnetic and electronic properties of materials
Analyse numerical data to solve relevant problems of an advanced nature
Relate the functionality of a material to its underlying physical properties

Additional outcomes:
Integrate previous knowledge from across all of chemistry with the topics discussed in the module.
Appreciate the importance of the underlying chemical principles in determining the application of functional materials in devices.

Outline content:
AV Powell (5 lectures + 1 workshop) Magnetochemistry
Key concepts in the quantum theory of atomic structure will be reviewed. The quantities and unit systems of magnetochemistry will be introduced and the significance and origin of paramagnetism and diamagnetism in materials will be discussed. Following a brief review of experimental measurement techniques, the temperature dependence of magnetic behaviour and its application to inorganic materials will be surveyed. The principal types of co-operative magnetic phenomena will be presented.

AV Powell (6 lectures + 1 workshop) Electronic Properties of Solids
The band theory of solids will be used to explain the origin of metallic and non-metallic behaviour in inorganic materials. Band theory will be introduced as an extension of molecular orbital theory. The effects of electron repulsion in modifying the predictions of the simple theory will be described. Examples of the structures and properties of inorganic materials will be presented to illustrate how the underlying physical properties can give rise to specific functionalities.

P Vaqueiro (6 lectures + 1 workshop) Functional Materials for Energy Applications
Key concepts in semiconductors. Principles of photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical conversion of solar energy. Materials for photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical devices. Principles of thermoelectric power generation. Materials for thermoelectric devices.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two one hour lectures per week with one whole class workshop to support each of the three components of the module. Web-based revision material on atomic structure will be provided to support the introductory material. In class tests will be held following completion of each of the components of the module. These will be held in timetabled workshop slots and will contribute 30% to the overall mark.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 17
Practicals classes and workshops 6 2
Work-based learning 8
Guided independent study 67
Total hours by term 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Summative assessment will be effected through three 50 minute in-class tests, one for each component of the module, coupled with a written examination following completion of the module.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 50%.

    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: 20 April 2018


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