TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - 2017/8

Module code: CHE3045

Module provider

Chemistry

Module Leader

CARTA D Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

F170

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 28

Tutorial Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%
Examination EXAM 1.5 HOURS 70%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A knowledge of Physical Chemistry to FHEQ Level 5

Module overview

This module is a research-informed FHEQ level 6 course that builds on levels 4 and 5 to inform, analyse and stimulate enquiry into Physical Chemistry research in problems of relevance to industry and the environment. It features green chemistry, catalysis, surface science, advanced spectroscopy and photochemistry.

Module aims

To apply chemical kinetics in environmental and cataalytic chemistry including relevant parts of surface science.

To apply the science of emulsions and colloids to industrially relevant problems.

To apply physicochemical study of solids to understanding semiconductors and carbon supermaterials.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain and evaluate the kinetics of physical processes inĀ green, environmental and catalytic chemistry; KC
Explain and evaluate the science of colloids and emulsions in the environment and in industry; KC
Explain and evaluate the structure and properties of semiconductors and carbon materials, based on electron behaviour in bonds and in band. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

 

Green, Environmental and Catalyst Chemistry

The twelve principles of green chemistry; atom economy; kinetics of green chemistry; photocatalysis.

Atmospheric reactions and pollution; air pollution control kinetics; kinetics of consecutive reactions, greenhouse gases.

Surfaces and Surface structure: Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy.

Physical absorption.  Chemisorption and sticking properties.  Thermodynamic parameters.  Langmuir isotherm.  Lindemann-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms. 

Heterogeneous catalysis in process, food, environmental of forensic chemistry.  Homogeneous catalysis.  Enzymatic catalysis.

 

 

Photochemistry

Beer-Lambert Law and adsorption strengths; Frank-Condon principle; fates of photochemically excited molecules; fluorescence; phosphorescence; internal conversion’ intersystem crossing; Jabblonski Diagrams; Quantum yields, fluorescence lifetimes and ‘natural lifetimes’, quenching; Stern-Volmer equation; delayed fluorescence; Fermi’s golden rule and intermolecular processes. Photochemistry and Kinetics.

 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Build on the foundation of Physical Chemistry from Levels 4-5 to be able to apply Physical Chemistry knowledge and reasoning to areas of topical, industrial and societal importance, including current research.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:



30 formal lectures of 1hr, normally 3 per week, and coursework based on workshops


Four whole class workshops

Lectures will include discussion and interaction where appropriate.  Course material will be provided on SurreyLearn, including calculational tools.



 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate



research, analysis and quantitative skills (coursework)


understanding, analysis and recall (unseen examination)



 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Written unseen examination (1.5 hours) 70%


Two coursework problem sheets (30% total) comprising 3-6 questions, deadlines (Part I; 4pm Tuesday Week 6 and Part II; 4pm Tuesday Week 11)



 

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment and feedback are provided throughout the module in the form of in-class exercises, examples and worked problems. Feedback is instant as model answers (full worked solutions) are given in class. Formative assessment is also evident through the provision of ‘checklists’ at the end of each section of the module that detail the areas covered in that part of the course.

Detailed and individualised feedback is given on the marked assignments within the time allowed for marking coursework.

 

Reading list

Reading list for TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/che3045

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.