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CH30236: Organic functional materials and devices

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 3 [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 60
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CH20149 OR take CH20150
In taking this module you cannot take CH40236
Learning Outcomes: On completing this unit, students should be able to:
* demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of 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.
* discuss 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.
* demonstrate an awareness of trends in future organic material development.

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.

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

Content: 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

Programme availability:

CH30236 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB07 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AAB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry (Year 3)
  • USCH-AFM05 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery (Year 3)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 3)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 4)


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