Applied Physical Chemistry

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1104
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Jiayun Pang


Pre and co requisites

CHEM1031, CHEM1035.


• to deliver topics in physical chemistry which reflect cutting edge developments in the field
• to provide examples of the application of physical chemistry to fundamental environmental and technological problems

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of a range of topics in catalysis including heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis and computational catalyst modelling and design.
2. Describe the processes occurring in various photochemical or photophysical reactions.
3. Critically discuss the application of physical chemistry to a range of complex changes and process
4. Demonstrate an ability to carry out independent study on specialised topics and carry out a critical evaluation.

Indicative content

Advanced Catalysis: The Langmuir-Hinshelwood and the Rideal-Eley mechanisms, mechanistic kinetics, surface defects, semiconductor photocatalysis.

Solar cells: First generation, second generation, third generation photovoltaic cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, organic polymer PV.

Electrochromic materials: Synthesis of films, optical and electrical characteristics.

Biosensors: Classes of biosensors, transducers, mediators, characteristics of performance.

Calorimetry: Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, the application of Thermodynamics to the study of disperse systems

Biophysical chemistry: Protein structure analysis and modelling, biocatalytic reactions