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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. A selection of the following 12-lecture modules will be available:
Advanced Structural Elucidation
This module will provide an understanding of the fundamental gas phase ion chemistry and underlying principles of operation of modern mass spectrometry instrumentation that underpins the structure determination of organic and biological molecules using MS. The combination of background theory and range of examples will enhance students' ability to acquire and analyse experimental data.
Structure Elucidation by Synchrotron Light and NMR Spectroscopy
This module will discuss the principles, instrumentation and applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and synchrotron radiation. The use of NMR for 3D structure determination of biomolecules and the use of the synchrotron, particularly in the X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum, will be described with examples drawn from chemical and biochemical systems, advanced materials and processes
Electronic Structure and Spectra
This module will explore the application of symmetry to the interpretation of various spectroscopic techniques (absorption, emission, vibronic structure, CD, MCD), in order to determine the structure of, for example, metal complexes.
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
- advance analytical techniques
- electro- andphoto-chemical principles
- laser photochemistry
- background spectroscopic theory
- the use of instrumentation
- analysis of experimental spectroscopic data
At the completion of this subject, students should 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