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This subject provides a series of specialised modules in different areas of chemistry. Please check LMS for when the modules below are timetabled throughout Semester 1, 2017. Students must choose two modules.
Advanced Organic Synthesis
This module will outline some of the major methods of organic synthesis including asymmetric aldol and related reactions, sigmatropic rearrangements and metal-catalysed transformations. Applications in the synthesis of important chiral molecules will be discussed.
Interfacial Chemistry and Sonochemistry
This module deals with how ultrasound interacts with bubbles in a liquid to generate sonochemical reactions. The production of functional nano- and micro materials using ultrasound, and how surface-active solutes affect the properties of the particles produced will be discussed. The use of sonochemistry to decompose organic pollutants and in other specific applications will also be discussed.
Automatic Chemical Analysis
This course will outline advanced methods in the automation of chemical analysis based on the use of batch, robotic and flow analysers. There will be a particular emphasis on flow injection and sequential injection analysis, focussing on clinical, industrial and environmental applications.
Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry
This module will study the factors affecting the preferred conformations of flexible organic molecules, including steric effects, electrostatic effects and stereoelectronic effects. The use of NMR methods to determine the conformations of simple organic molecules in solution will be discussed.
The emergence of organic electronics is transforming current electronic technologies that will lead to light-weight flexible devices such as foldable displays, building-integrated lighting and low-cost solar cells. This course will give an overview of this new technology area. A range of topics will be covered including materials design and synthesis, materials characterisation, and device applications. There will be an emphasis on organic semiconducting material and photovoltaic devices.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to provide students with an increased knowledge and understanding of advanced chemical principles, with emphasis on:
Such knowledge will facilitate insights into the structure and properties of matter and the nature of chemical transformations.
- asymmetric synthetic methods;
- electro- and photo-chemical principles;
- advanced analytical techniques, and
- laser photochemistry.
At the completion of this subject, students will gain skills in:
- advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- an ability to evaluate the professional literature
- an understanding of the changing knowledge base
- a capacity to apply concepts developed in one area to a different context
- the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental observations.
Last updated: 2 December 2019