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CH40212: Contemporary main group chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
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 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: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH20147 or take CH20148
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce selected fundamental and applied topics in modern s- and p-block chemistry, with a particular emphasis on the kinetic control of bonding and oxidation state. To introduce the topic of inorganic materials chemistry, placing particular emphasis on structure and bonding relationships in order to explain properties such as magnetism and electrical conductance.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* describe the synthesis, structure, bonding and factors affecting the stability of low oxidation state and multiply bonded s- and p-block main group compounds;
* rationalise the stability and reactivity of unseen compounds from the chemical literature through additional reading and problem solving;
* solve problems leading to the identification of low coordinate and/or low oxidation s- and p-block compounds;
* design viable syntheses leading to low coordinate and/or low oxidation s- and p-block compounds;
* understand the role of main group compounds in catalysis;
* understand the role of MOCVD in the electronics industry;
* design routes to synthesise of new precursors for MOCVD of main group materials.

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

Strategies for the synthesis and stability of low oxidation state main group organometallic systems (Lone-pair effects, Singlet vs Triplet state systems). A Survey of the synthesis, structure and bonding of homo-metallic Main group multiple bonded systems.
The use of s-block compounds in bond-forming catalysis
Main Group Chemistry and the Electronics Industry; MOCVD. The chemistry of selected inorganic polymers.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40212 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (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)
  • RSCH-AFM03 : Integrated PhD in Chemistry
  • TSCH-AFM01 : MRes Chemistry
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.