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Module Code: CHE403
Module Title: Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1/SEM1
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aims of this module are to introduce students to:


the basic chemistry and physics principles of nanotechnology, the fundamental concepts of surfaces, and the chemical and physical properties of surfaces

he state of the art technologies for renewable energy generation and storage,
Crystal Engineering:

to provide an overview of today’s crystal engineering science, including the research and applications, to convey an understanding of important experimental and analysis techniques in nanotechnology, to explore the research applications of advanced materials.

Learning outcomes 
A critically evaluate the principles of nanotechnology, synthetic approaches and material analysis

B compare a series of surface techniques and their relevance to nanotechnology

C critically evaluate the theory and the strategies for design and synthesis of crystals with specific properties, functions or applications

D critically discuss the electrochemical and physical principles related to energy generation and storage

E appreciate the current state of development of nanomaterials and their important role in achieving desirable functionality in disparate applications

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and tutorials
Nanotechnology: from both the chemistry and physics perspectives

• An introduction of the fundamental concepts of nanotechnology and their applications

• The concepts and theory behind both the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

An introduction of the fundamental concepts of surface science that includes:
• Surface structure, surface chemistry and surface properties (surface energy, wettability, thickness, morphology, surface roughness etc.).

• A review of current and emerging surface analysis techniques.

• A review of electrochemical approaches for energy conversion and storage.

• Overview of fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors and hybrid systems, their energy efficiency and performance.

• Different types of nanomaterials, synthetic approaches, and their application for achieving required electrochemical characteristics.

Crystal Engineering:

• A reviews of crystal engineering, theory and applications.

• An introduction of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) including the design, (structures of 1-D, 2-D and 3-D coordination polymers, coordination bonds and coordination geometries), synthesis and applications

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 1 10.00
2 Coursework 2 10.00
3 Coursework 3 10.00
4 Coursework 4 10.00
5 Final Exam 60.00
1 Coursework 1 10.00
2 Coursework 2 10.00
3 Coursework 3 10.00
4 Coursework 4 10.00
5 Final Exam 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 5:33:30 PM