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CH40231: Porous materials

[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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
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 CH20147 OR take CH20148
In taking this module you cannot take CH30231
Learning Outcomes: After studying this Unit the student should be able to:
* describe porous materials and their uses
* relate porous materials to wider classes of functional materials
* identify important applications of porous materials
* understand what makes a particular material suited to a particular task
* highlight future applications for porous materials
* critically review progress in this area of chemistry
* critically analyse recent research papers.

Aims: To provide an introduction to porous materials such as classic zeolites, MOFs, ZIFs, COFs, AlPOs, mesoporous silicas, focussing on their structures, properties and applications.

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

Content: Introduction to zeolites and other porous materials (history, classification). Chemistry of porous materials. Catalytic sites and their influence. Framework structure. Flexibility and its influence. Computer modelling and prediction of structures. Biomineralisation. Host-guest chemistry. Synthesis and structure determination. Structure determination challenges. Experimental methods for analysis. High-temperature and high-pressures studies. Industrial zeolite catalysis. Behaviour of confined molecules in porous materials. Macroscopic, microscopic and spectroscopic methods for probing sorbed molecules. Modelling methods for probing sorbed molecules. Applications of porous materials (catalysis, Ion exchange, separation, storage, drug delivery).

Programme availability:

CH40231 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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