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This subject provides a series of specialised modules in different areas of chemistry. Students must choose two modules from those listed below:
Module 1: Exciton Science – Wallace Wong, Paul Mulvaney, Ken Ghiggino
Excitons lie at the heart of many important natural and technological processes including photosynthesis, vision, energy efficient lighting and solar energy conversion. This module provides an overview of exciton science and discusses the state-of-the-art.
Module 2: Radical chemistry – Uta Wille and Amber Hancock
This subject will outline the fundamental steps important to radical chemistry and show how these principles can be used in the synthesis of important molecular frameworks.
Module 3: Lasers in Chemistry – Ken Ghiggino and Trevor Smith
This module will discuss general principles of laser action, the properties of laser light, some specific types of lasers, and applications of lasers in chemistry including laser-driven photochemistry, laser-based spectroscopic methods, ultrafast lasers and time-resolved techniques, and new laser-based imaging and microscopy techniques.
Module 4: Biological and Medicinal Chemistry – Spencer Williams and Craig Hutton
This module will introduce modern drug design and development principles, as well as the molecular basis of therapeutic activity, particularly related to drugs targeting enzymes. Case studies will highlight the discovery and development pathways of important drug classes, including methods for their synthesis.
Module 5: Advanced Materials and Materials Characterisation – Paul Mulvaney and Georgina Such
This module will explore the design of advanced materials from the micro to nano-domain and their application in areas such as biomedicine and diagnostics. Common materials characterisation techniques, such as fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, will also be studied.
You need to make your module selection via an online form; refer to the LMS for the form link.
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 and biochemical transformations.
- magnetochchemistry and spin systems;
- properties and performance of materials;
- inter-relationships between structure and reactivity in organic molecules;
- sono-chemical principles; and
- the chemistry of biological systems.
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: 3 November 2022