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CH40207: Topics in physical chemistry II

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH20151 or take CH20152
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This core unit will introduce the basic concepts needed to describe the synthesis and characterisation of a range of polymers in order to understand how their properties can be controlled.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying this unit students should be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of how polymer structure can be influenced by the methods of synthesis and how this affects material properties;
* Describe and explain methods for synthesis by step- and chain growth polymerisation;
* Critically review literature examples of modern polymerisation processes;
* Solve a range of unseen quantitative problems in these topics.

Problem solving (T, F, A)
Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F)
Group working (F).

Classification and types of polymers. Synthesis of polymers with examples taken from several different classes (addition, step-growth, ring opening, organometallic) with the emphasis on how physicochemical considerations influence the polymer structure. Characterisation of polymers (molecular weight and chain length, spectroscopy, thermal methods). Structure and morphology of polymers and how this influences properties. Polymer solutions and thermodynamics of polymer mixtures. A survey of recent applications taken from current research and industrial topics.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40207 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFM02 : MChem (hons) Chemistry (Full-time) - Year 4
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem (hons) Chemistry with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem (hons) Chemistry with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

CH40207 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • RSCH-AFM03 : Integrated PhD Chemistry (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USCH-AFM05 : MChem (hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Full-time) - Year 4
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem (hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem (hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • TSCH-AFM01 : MRes Chemistry (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management (Full-time) - Year 4
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci (hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.