Advanced Inorganic Materials Analysis

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1101
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Nichola Coleman


Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of Level 5 Chemistry.


• Provide a well-integrated advanced level inorganic materials module, using chemical compounds, inorganic mineral phases and glasses to illustrate experimental and analytical techniques for the elucidation of structures and mechanisms.
• Expand the student’s awareness of the applications of analytical instrumental techniques to the study of inorganic materials.
• Consolidate the student’s knowledge of solid state chemistry.
• Analyse the role of metals in living systems.
• Develop the student's ability to critically assess the current literature.
• Foster the student’s communication and presentation skills.
• Provide the student with an opportunity to think independently, analytically and creatively.
• Provide the student with an opportunity to engage in new areas of investigation.
• Provide an opportunity to adopt a ‘supervisory role’ by planning a research project proposal.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a deeper understanding of bonding in a range of molecular and ionic structures by building on knowledge gained at Levels 4 and 5.
2. Display an appreciation of the techniques available for the study of structures and mechanisms in solid state inorganic chemistry.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of crystal structures and their defects, nonstoichiometry and physical properties.
4. Carry out computer-based literature searches in order to undertake critical reviews of the current research in inorganic materials.

Indicative content

• ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES: a selection of techniques applicable to the study of structure and reactivity will be discussed. These may include: vibrational spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron diffraction, NMR, esr and epr, photoelectron spectroscopy, magnetochemistry and stopped-flow methods. Use of molecular and crystal symmetry in interpretation of results obtained from some of these techniques.
• SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY: non-stoichiometry and the defect solid state, electronic and ionic conduction, band theory, ferro- and antiferromagnetism and the piezoelectric effect. Applications such as; bioactive biomaterials, high temperature superconductivity, fuel cells, separation membranes, optoelectronic devices and catalysts.
• BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY: metal ions in biological systems, metalloproteins, photosynthesis, Na+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ transport. Spectroscopic analysis of inorganic and organometallic compounds of biological importance.
• SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY: a selection of two topics from the recent literature will be chosen each year. The topics selected will vary from year to year to reflect both the current research interests of the staff and recent important developments in inorganic chemistry.