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CH40237: X-ray & neutron techniques for chemists

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CH20151 OR take CH20152
In taking this module you cannot take CH30237
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an introduction to modern X-ray and neutron scattering techniques for materials characterisation.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Describe radiation sources used in X-ray and neutron experiments
* Calculate parameters based on small angle scattering and reflectivity data
* Demonstrate awareness of imaging and spectroscopy techniques using X-rays and neutrons
* Explain the differences between lab-based crystallography and that done at synchrotron and neutron sources.
* Critically analyse scientific literature on selected X-ray and neutron techniques.

Written communication (T, F, A), Information handling & retrieval (T, F, A), independent working (F), critical thinking (F, A), problem solving (F, A).

Students will gain an understanding of the advanced X-ray and neutron technques used to study a variety of chemical systems. Scattering techniques relevant to chemical studies such as small angle scattering, reflectivity, grazing incidence diffraction and crystallography will be studied, as well spectroscopic techniques such as EXAFS, QENS, INS.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40237 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)