Contemporary Themes in Chemistry
|Unit level:||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Chemistry|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||N
- CHEM10101 - Introductory Chemistry (Compulsory)
- CHEM10212 - Energy and Change (Compulsory)
- CHEM10312 - Coordination Chemistry (Compulsory)
- CHEM10412 - Reactivity and Mechanism (Compulsory)
- CHEM10520 - Chemists' Toolkit (Compulsory)
- To give students an insight into current challenges in chemistry research, pitched at a level based on prior learning up to the end of Y1
- To enable students to appreciate the role chemistry plays in tackling societal problems relating to sustainability, energy, manufacturing and healthcare.
Engineering with Chemistry (Prof. Steve Yeates)
- Discussion of the trends in micro and nano-fabrication and how these are underpinned and enabled by the organic, physical and polymer chemistry.
- Applications and case studies related to the design and fabrication of integrated circuits.
- Applications and case studied in digital displays: e-books; organic light emitting diodes (OLED) TV’s.
- Future technologies.
Periodic Porous Inorganic Materials (Dr. Martin Attfield)
- General introduction to periodic porous inorganic materials and their properties
- Microporous materials: Zeolites – synthesis, structure and properties, Newer families of inorganic microporous materials
- Applications & case studies relating to sustainability, energy & manufacturing including: ion-exchange, gas separation/ adsorption & heterogeneous catalysis;
- Mesoporous materials: Silica materials: synthesis, structure and properties
Industrial Biotechnology (Dr. Nick Weise)
- Industrial biotechnology in the chemical industry. The need to develop sustainable manufacturing processes based on renewable resources.
- The chemistry of enzymes and enzyme mechanisms
- Introductory molecular biology and biochemical engineering
- Cases studies from the pharmaceutical, materials and fine chemical industries exemplifying the advantages and disadvantages of enzymatic transformations.
Teaching and learning methods
Each topic has nominally 8 sessions (a variable combination of lectures, workshops and examples)
Knowledge and understanding
Students successfully completing this unit should have developed the ability to:
- Describe how the role of chemistry in the development of next generation silicon chips is driving the next generation display media.
- Discuss how chemists are responding to the challenges of developing new and improved materials in response to the new forms of social media and the proliferation of information technology.
- Describe the framework chemistry of periodic porous inorganic materials using considerations of structure, chemical composition and charge balancing.
- Use considerations of chemical species, concentration, temperature and time to suggest methods for the synthesis of periodic porous inorganic materials.
- Explain the methods used to functionalise periodic porous inorganic materials, and combine these with the influence of framework structure to illustrate their use in areas of sustainability, energy & manufacturing
- Apply basic, introductory understanding of molecular biology and biochemical engineering to unseen examples
- Apply core knowledge of organic chemistry, chemical reactivity and mechanism to enzymatic transformations and biotechnology processes
- Compare and contrast classical chemical routes to pharmaceuticals and other chemicals with newer enzymatic strategies
- Describe the environmental and sustainability issues surrounding current methods of chemical manufacture
The aim of this course is to:
- Develop a critical appreciation of the challenges facing society today and the importance of chemistry in responding to these.
- Begin to develop linkages between the core syllabus and how these concepts are used to find chemical solutions to societal challenges.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Concept assimilation
- Problem-solving skills
- Numeracy (including data handling)
- Analytical skills
- Investigative skills
- Written exam - 100%
- ‘An Introduction to Zeolite Molecular Sieves’, A. Dyer, Wiley, Chichester, 1988.
- ‘Introduction to Zeolite Science and Practice’, 2nd edition, Van Bekkum, Flanigen, Jacobs, Jansen (eds), Elsevier, 2001.
- ‘Solid State Chemistry – An Introduction’ - L. Smart & E. Moore, Chapman and Hall, 2nd Ed.
- For the Engineering with Chemistry course there is no recommended text but key review articles will be posted on Blackboard.
- For the industrial biotechnology course there is no recommended text but the lectures will include pointers to relevant primary literature.
There will be self-test material and/or short video lectures supporting the course material on Blackboard. There will also be a variety of workshops where students can attempt questions and receive instant feedback. The three academics delivering the material are also available to see students during office hours or after lectures.
- Assessment written exam - 2 hours
- Lectures - 24 hours
- Independent study hours - 74 hours