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CH40236: Organic functional materials and devices

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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 CH20149 OR take CH20150
In taking this module you cannot take CH30236
Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to convey the importance and societal drive for technology based upon organic molecules, both embedded technology and futuristic technology. The unit will be neither synthesis-centred nor mathematical-centred.

Learning Outcomes:
On completing this unit, students should be able to:
* understand and critically evaluate the desirable structural features of organic molecules in technological materials and devices.
* demonstrate an understanding of the structure and bonding of extended organic π-systems.
* critically evaluate the composite components found in organic functional materials devices.
* demonstrate a qualitative appreciation of the comparative performance of materials within a specific material/device family.
* critically evaluate trends in future organic material development.

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

Content will be centred upon 1-2 lectures per technological area and will examine the demand for, the structural features, application of device technology and construction of devices. : Organic Photovoltaics, Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Organic Field Effect Transistors, Liquid Crystals, Organic Ferroelectrics, Organic Lasers, Organic Spintronics and Memristors.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40236 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)


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