Module FXX-3508:
Core Physical Chem Concepts

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Christopher Gwenin

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to develop the students understanding of : Kinetics of reactions at metallic electrodes, modern techniques for studying rates of electron transfer and mass transport. In addition the student will study further crystallographic concepts including, reciprocal lattice, generators, atomic bases, calculation of structure factors from atomic scattering factors. Finally adsorption chemistry concepts will be studied including: comparison of different isotherms (e.g. Langmuir vs BET) and basic surface kinetics.

Course content

This module is comprised of two taught lecture courses containing materials on dynamic electrochemistry, crystallography, basic surface kinetics.

Electrode Dynamics This part of the course aims to provide detailed analysis of the kinetics of reactions at metallic electrodes. Modern techniques for studying rates of electron transfer and mass transport will be discussed in detail. The course will terminate with examples on electrocatalysis and corrosion, to show how modern electrochemical techniques can be used to study electrode kinetics.

X-ray/Neutron diffraction Revision of basic crystallography, reciprocal lattice, generators, atomic bases, calculation of structure factors from atomic scattering factors (6 lectures): Adsorption: comparison of different isotherms (e.g. Langmuir vs BET), basic surface kinetics (6 lectures).

Course Team: Dr C Gwenin (12 lectures), Dr J Thomas (12 lectures).

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING 1. Physical Chemistry, Atkins (OUP) Most recent edition of this as it is regularly updated. 2. Electrode Dynamics (Oxford Chemistry Primers) A. C. Fisher RECOMMENDED READING 1. A first course in electrode processes: D. Pletcher 2. Electrochemical Methods: Bard and Faulkner Instrumental methods in Electrochemistry; Southampton Electrochemistry group SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS It is expected that students will purchase or have ready access to the essential text books above

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level.

good

Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.

excellent

Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.

Learning outcomes

  1. At the end of the module the students should be able to distinguish between equilibrium and dynamic electrochemistry.

  2. At the end of the module the students should be able to appreciate differences between electron transfer and mass transport as rate determining steps.

  3. At the end of the module the students shoud be able to understand the principles of cyclic voltammetry and potential step methods as techniques for studying electrode kinetics.

  4. At the end of the module the student should have an enhanced understanding of crystallography, reciprocal lattice, generators, atomic bases, calculation of structure factors from atomic scattering factors.

  5. At the end of the module students should have an understanding of the prinicples of basic surface kinetics.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Examination 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

The module has 24 one hour lectures scheduled at 2 lectures per week, with one tutorial on each segment of the course (total 2hrs).

76
Lecture

The module has 22 one hour lectures scheduled at 2 lectures per week.

Plus Employability - 3 hours and Exam Feedback Session - 2 hours.

22
Tutorial 2

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy

Subject specific skills

  • CC4 The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
  • PS3 Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS4 Numeracy and mathematical skills, including handling data, algebra, functions, trigonometry, calculus, vectors and complex numbers, alongside error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, systematic use of scientific units and different types of data presentation
  • SK2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems
  • SK3 Gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials
  • SK9 Read and engage with scientific literature
  • CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,concepts,principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
  • CC2 the ability to applysuch knowledge and understanding to thesolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature

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