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CH20179: Physical chemistry 4 for visiting students

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
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: In taking this module you cannot take CH20151 OR take CH20152
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
Second half of year long unit: To introduce and expand on advanced physical chemistry methods in kinetics, spectroscopy, surfaces and quantum mechanics.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying this Unit, students should be able to:
* Account in kinetic terms for the mechanism of reactions in liquids;
* Describe the effect of light on some chemical reactions and account for the rates of photochemical processes;
* Describe and define the types of adsorption at solid surfaces;
* Explain the qualitative and quantitative basis of catalysis and physical adsorption;
* Define surface tension and solve simple problems involving its application;
* Define and interpret the forces between two colloids.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Independent working (F).

Theoretical treatments of reaction kinetics and examples of their application e.g. Reactions in solution. Diffusion and activation control, the "cage" effect.
Experimental methods for studying reactions:
Basic photochemical methods and processes. Applications of photochemistry. Kinetics of photochemical reactions.
Introduction to surfaces. chemisorption versus physisorption.
adsorbed amounts. Types of isotherms: Langmuir Isotherm. determination of heat of adsorption,BET isotherm: Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis. Kinetics of catalysis. Langmuir Hinshelwood mechanism. Eley Rideal mechanism. Catalysis examples Molecular basis and consequences of surface tension. Colloid stability. Micellisation. Gibbs equation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH20179 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFT01 : Undergraduate visiting/exchange students - credit only

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.