TOPICS IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY - 2020/1
Module code: CHE3045
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This module is a research-informed FHEQ level 6 course that builds on levels 4 and 5 to inform, analyse and stimulate enquiry into Physical Chemistry research in problems of relevance to industry and the environment. It features green chemistry, catalysis, surface science, advanced spectroscopy and photochemistry.
CARTA Daniela (Chemistry)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: F170
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
A knowledge of Physical Chemistry to FHEQ Level 5
Indicative content includes:
Green, Environmental and Catalyst Chemistry
The twelve principles of green chemistry; atom economy; kinetics of green chemistry; photocatalysis.
Atmospheric reactions and pollution; air pollution control kinetics; kinetics of consecutive reactions, greenhouse gases.
Surfaces and Surface structure: Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy.
Physical absorption. Chemisorption and sticking properties. Thermodynamic parameters. Langmuir isotherm. Lindemann-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms.
Heterogeneous catalysis in process, food, environmental of forensic chemistry. Homogeneous catalysis. Enzymatic catalysis.
X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Principles of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (Extended X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Fine Structure, EXAFS and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy, XANES). Synchrotron Radiation.
Beer-Lambert Law and adsorption strengths; Frank-Condon principle; fates of photochemically excited molecules; fluorescence; phosphorescence; internal conversion’ intersystem crossing; Jabblonski Diagrams; Quantum yields, fluorescence lifetimes and ‘natural lifetimes’, quenching; Stern-Volmer equation; delayed fluorescence; Fermi’s golden rule and intermolecular processes. Photochemistry and Kinetics.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||EXAM 1.5 HOURS||70|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
research, analysis and quantitative skills (coursework)
understanding, analysis and recall (unseen examination)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Written unseen examination (1.5 hours) 70%
Two coursework problem sheets (15% each) comprising 3-6 questions, deadlines (Part I; 4pm Tuesday Week 6 and Part II; 4pm Tuesday Week 11)
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment and feedback are provided throughout the module in the form of in-class exercises, examples and worked problems. Feedback is instant as model answers (full worked solutions) are given in class. Formative assessment is also evident through the provision of ‘checklists’ at the end of each section of the module that detail the areas covered in that part of the course.
Detailed and individualised feedback is given on the marked assignments within the time allowed for marking coursework.
- To apply chemical kinetics in environmental and cataalytic chemistry including relevant parts of surface science.
- To apply advanced spectroscopic techniques to chemically relevant problems.
- To apply physicochemical study of solids to understanding semiconductors and carbon supermaterials.
|001||Explain and evaluate the kinetics of physical processes in green, environmental and catalytic chemistry;||KC|
|002||Explain and evaluate the principles and applications of advanced spectroscopic techniques||KC|
|003||Explain and evaluate the structure and properties of semiconductors and carbon materials, based on electron behaviour in bonds and in band.||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 28
Tutorial Hours: 3
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Build on the foundation of Physical Chemistry from Levels 4-5 to be able to apply Physical Chemistry knowledge and reasoning to areas of topical, industrial and societal importance, including current research.
The learning and teaching methods include:
28 formal lectures of 1hr, normally 3 per week, and coursework based on workshops
Three whole class workshops
Lectures will include discussion and interaction where appropriate. Course material will be provided on SurreyLearn, including calculational tools.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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