This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the physical sciences, industrial chemistry, biotechnology, medical and biomedical research, Antarctic science, life science, earth science, pharmaceutical science, and marine science areas. The content of this unit has also been structured so that it serves many other courses within the BSc. Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Head of School or Unit Coordinator.
This unit builds on a range of chemical concepts and techniques introduced in 200 level units that are widely used by modern scientists that are not restricted to the chemical sciences; including earth sciences, environmental studies, industrial chemistry, and physical, health and life sciences. It also introduces topics in materials chemistry as they apply to the development of a range of advanced components used in everyday and technological products.
The material presented concentrates on giving a sound foundation to the theory and application of modern characterisation techniques with an emphasis on the elucidation of chemical structure, with major topics including advanced emission and molecular spectroscopic techniques such as NMR spectroscopic applications (including variable temperature, solid state and 2D experiments), IR, Raman, UV-Vis spectroscopy, the stereochemistry of inorganic and organic compounds and various aspects of the computational chemistry of materials.
In addition, both laboratory-source and synchrotron-based X-ray techniques are introduced, including diffraction and XAS methods. The laboratory program reinforces concepts introduced in lectures and gives students experience in good laboratory practice and hands-on usage of modern research level spectroscopic, physical chemistry and diffraction instrumentation.
|Unit name||Structure and Materials|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Stuart Thickett|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Apply chemical knowledge to predict spectroscopic activity of molecules based on relevant selection rules and molecular symmetry elements.
- Describe and explain the theory of various molecular spectroscopy and diffraction techniques, molecular mechanics and ab initio computational chemistry methods, in addition to microscopy and microanalysis.
- Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to solve complex structure determination problems using information from various spectroscopic and diffraction methods.
- Demonstrate safe laboratory techniques and carry out hazard assessments for laboratory work concerning spectroscopic techniques as well as physical and inorganic chemistry.
- Communicate in scientific writing in the form of appropriately referenced laboratory reports prepared using correct terminology, representation of molecular structures and related scientific conventions.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR KRA224 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KRA334 AND KRA332
|Assessment||Examination (50%)|Assignments (15%)|Lab reports (35%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
Physical Chemistry, 11th edition, Peter Atkins, Juilo de Paula and James Keeler, ISBN: 9780198769866, Oxford University Press
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