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MSc Analytical Chemistry

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • FXX-4701: Core Chem & Research Skills (10)
  • FXX-4702: Techs in Chemical Analysis (20)
  • FXX-4707: Techs in Biochemical Analysis (10)
  • FXX-4999: Laboratory Health & Safety (10)
    CORE MODULE. This module is CORE to your degree programme. In order to progress to the next year of study you MUST successfully complete and pass this module. This course gives a basic grounding in safety training. A series of videos/lectures are used to give the students awareness of all safety issues which include legal requirements, filling in COSHH assessment forms, use of data bases etc. The students also participate in an intensive first aid course under the guidance of the Red Cross, the successful completion of which results in certification. Also included is a practical fire fighting course where the students learn the basis of fire prevention, the correct techniques in the use of and choices of fire extinguishers. Finally the students are expected to put together a small portfolio to indicate that they have put the knowledge into practice in their course e.g. demonstrate the proper use of COSHH assessments etc. This will be backed up by their supervisor's/line manager's input. Course Team: Dr P J Murphy (3hrs), Red Cross Trainer (4 hrs), Fire Trainer (4 hrs). RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING - None RECOMMENDED - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS - None

Semester 2

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Optional Modules

10 credits from:

  • FXX-3101: Pollution and Environment (10) (Semester 1)
    The course covers a range of topics on inorganic and organic pollutants with emphasis on sensing, measurements and amelioration strategies. The course is taught as a combination of course work and traditional lectures. The focus will be: identification of pollutants; measurement of their concentrations; techniques to deal with pollutants. Course Team: Dr L Murphy (16 workshops - inorganic pollutants), Dr C Gwenin (8 lectures, sensors), Prof M Baird (8 lectures, organic pollutants). RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING none RECOMMENDED READING 1. Environmental Chemistry, A global perspective by Gary W vanLoon and Stephen J Duffy (2010) 2. Environmental Chemistry, 9th Ed., S E Manahan, 2009 3. Principles of Chemical Sensors, J Janata 2nd Ed. 2009 4. Chemical Sensors, Robert W. Cattral (OUP Chemistry Primer) SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS None
  • QXS-4002: Academic Writing & Grammar (10) (Semester 1)
  • FXX-4501: Structure & Reactivity (Org) (10) (Semester 1)
    This part will overview electronic structure of electro- and photoactive conjugated aromatic systems, electron donor-acceptor interactions in Pi-systems, methods of their studies and relationships between the geometric and electronic structures of conjugated aromatics. It will provide an introduction to analysis electronic energy levels from electrochemistry and optical spectroscopy studies, effects of extended Pi-conjugation on properties of conjugated oligomers and polymers, and current concepts in design and applications of novel materials based on such systems in organic electronics.. This part will illustrate strategic approaches to the toal synthesis of selected marine and terrestrial natural products. Course Team; Prof I Perepichka (12 lectures), Dr P Murphy (12 lectures) RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING - None RECOMMENDED READING 1. Organic Chemistry, Jonathan Clayden, Nick Greeves, Stuart Warren and Peter Wothers (2nd Ed 2012) SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS - None
  • FXX-4502: Processes at Interfaces (10) (Semester 1)
    The course is subdivided into 4 parts with a different lecturer teaching each part: 1. Processes occurring at electrode interfaces 2. Electron transfer kinetics at interfaces 3. Introduction to nanoscopic materials at the liquid-liquid interface. 4. Surface Chemistry Course Team: Dr C Gwenin (6 lectures), Dr K Hughes (6 lectures), Dr R Davies (6lectures), Dr JThomas (6 lectures) RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING Physical Chemistry, Atkins (OUP)* *Most recent edition of this as it is regularly updated. RECOMMENDED READING None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS None
  • FXX-4503: Adv. topics in Inorg. Chem. (10) (Semester 1)
    (12 lectures) - Inorganic materials described have ultimate applications as 'smart' materials, crystal engineered electronic materials, nano engineered materials and sensors. (12 lectures) - Structure and shapes of boron hydrides: historical introduction, definitions and terminology, shapes of binary boron hydrides, nomenclature. Bonding in boranes: valence bond approach to B2H6, Linear Combination of Atomic Orbital (LCAO) approach, styx numbers and bonding in boranes. Predicting the topology of boron hydrides: molecular orbital theory for B6H62-, electron counting rules (Wade's rules) as derived from MO theory. Chemistry of typical boron hydrides: preparation and interconversion of boron hydrides, reactions of diborane(6), reactions of decaborane(14). Carboranes: electron counting rules for predicting structures, synthesis of carboranes, mechanisms of interconversions of 1,2-C2B10H12 to 1,7- and 1,12- isomers, metal complexes. 'Naked' main group clusters: polyatomic Zintl anions of Sn, Pb, Bi; application of Wade's rules; polyatomic Bi cluster cations. The isolobal analogy: bonding in octahedral metal complexes; metal-ligand fragments of an octahedron in relation to main group fragments. Metal complexes of boron hydrides: MLx fragments for use in Wade's rules; preparative reactions to form readily available boron hydride anions; metal complexes of anions. High nuclearity carbonyl clusters: total electron counts (TEC) for large metal clusters; capped structures; explanations of the structures observed for large Os, Rh, and Ni/Pt carbonyl clusters. Course Team: Dr I Butler, Dr M Beckett RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING 1. Inorganic Chemistry, C E Housecroft, A G Sharp (Prentice Hall)* *Most Recent edition of this as it is regularly updated RECOMMENDED READING 1. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 6th Ed., F. Albert Cotton, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Carlos A. Murillo and Manfred Bochmann (Wiley), 1999. 2. Teaching General Chemistry – a Materials Science Companion”, A.B. Ellis et al., (American Chemical Society, Washington, 1993) 3. Cluster Molecules of the p-block elements, C E Housecroft (Oxford Chemistry Primer 1994) 4. Non-metal Rings, Cages and Clusters, Woollins (Wiley 1987) SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS
  • FXX-4505: Web-based Literature Review (10) (Semester 1)
    This module requires preparation of a literature review on a specified research topic and presentation of this review in a web based format. Course Team: Dr H Tai RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING 1. Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences - Overton, Tina c2011 RECOMMENDED READING - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS It is expected that students will purchase or have ready access to the essential text book above
  • QXS4002 is suitable for International students only.