Chemistry

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Learn more about the modules study abroad students can take at the School of Chemistry.

Module codeCH2112
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module introduces the fundamental, theoretical and practical concepts of forensic chemistry. It will explain some of the key concepts relating to the classification of drugs, toxicological investigations, trace and contact evidence, body fluid analyses, and the use of modern analytical instruments in forensic chemistry.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2116
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This is a basic module introducing the fundamental ideas and methods in mathematics needed by students of chemistry. It is designed for students whose mathematical background has not developed past GCSE or an equivalent level and will include a significant amount of practice of the theory presented. Topics include algebra, data-handling by graphical methods, indices and logarithms, simultaneous equations, trigonometry, differentiation (maxima and minima), integration (areas under curves), and errors.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeCH2117
LevelL4
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module discusses the chemistry of the environment, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Particular attention is devoted to the causes and effects of pollution in the environment, such as smog, acid rain, global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution, and the methods used for pollution control.  Furthermore, the physical and chemical properties of water and soils are examined in detail, with particular emphasis on their environmental impact.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2118
LevelL4
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module is concerned with chemical aspects of the production and utilisation of energy. It includes discussion of a range of energy sources, and the materials required for their exploitation.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH2301
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This is a module of practical work, designed to familiarise learners with advanced research techniques used for experiments of a synthetic and/or instrumental nature, and with professional applications of information technology.

The module will also include exercises designed to develop skills in entrepreneurship, critical analysis, problem-solving, oral and written communication, and to enhance students’ employability.

Assessment

  • Practical-based assessment: 90%
  • Written assessment: 10%
Module codeCH2306
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module of practical work develops and applies principles and techniques learnt in CH2301. New experimental techniques appropriate to synthetic and instrumental projects will be explored and the relationship between theory and experiment will be illustrated in a number of practically based problem-solving exercises.

Assessment

  • Practical-based assessment: 90%
  • Presentation: 10%
Module codeCH2310
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module illustrates the wide range of catalysis and its relevance to industry and environmental matters, describes the mechanisms involved in catalysis at the molecular level, and illustrates the techniques available for the study of these processes.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH2317
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module discusses the activity of enzymes: the chemistry of cofactors, the chemical consequences of interactions of multiple enzymes in biochemical pathways, primary metabolism, the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and applications in medicinal chemistry.

This module illustrates how fundamentals of chemical structure and reaction mechanisms can be applied to the detailed understanding of biosynthesis. Principles of enzyme catalysis and cofactor chemistry will be discussed. This will lead to the connection of multiple enzymatic reactions in metabolic pathways. Examples of biosynthesis of natural products from primary and secondary metabolism will be introduced. Concepts for interference with biochemical pathways in medicinal chemistry will be described.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH2325
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits20

This module consists of a supervised research project. This may be in any area of practical or theoretical chemistry. The topics are allocated from a list to which all staff contribute, following student preference as far as possible. The project is completed by a written report which is followed by an oral examination.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2325
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits20

This module consists of a supervised research project. This may be in any area of practical or theoretical chemistry. The topics are allocated from a list to which all staff contribute, following student preference as far as possible. The project is completed by a written report which is followed by an oral examination.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits40

This module is taken by MChem students who spent their third year in industry or abroad. It consists of a supervised research project spread over two semesters, selected from a portfolio prepared by members of staff from their own research interests. The work will include new studies, a literature survey, and preparation of a project report which will be examined orally. Candidates will also present a mid-project research colloquium.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits40

This module is taken by MChem students who spent their third year in industry or abroad. It consists of a supervised research project spread over two semesters, selected from a portfolio prepared by members of staff from their own research interests. The work will include new studies, a literature survey, and preparation of a project report which will be examined orally. Candidates will also present a mid-project research colloquium.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH2401
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits40

This module is taken by MChem students who spent their third year in industry or abroad. It consists of a supervised research project spread over two semesters, selected from a portfolio prepared by members of staff from their own research interests. The work will include new studies, a literature survey, and preparation of a project report which will be examined orally. Candidates will also present a mid-project research colloquium.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH3101
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

The aims of this module are to present the essential mathematical and physical background needed to explain key concepts in physical chemistry. The first part of the module therefore provides the student with the essential mathematical treatments and machinery required to understand the concepts in the latter part of the module. The module aims to provide the student with an understanding of how properties and events at the atomic level lead to changes and processes that can be measured at a macroscopic level.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 10%
Module codeCH3102
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

In this module simple models of bonding in small molecules and complexes are introduced and discussed in terms of the influence of bonding on structure. The background to the periodic table, its structure, and its use in the analysis of trends in elemental properties are reviewed.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 2%
Module codeCH3104
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module is in two parts. The first covers common crystal forms including close packing descriptions of metallic and ionic solid state structures. Bonding in metallic and semi-conductor solids are analysed using band theory. Lattice energies of ionic solids and Born-Haber cycles, radius ratio rule, Madelung energy and the Kapustinskii equation are covered, as will the relationship of lattice energy and solubility for ionic solids. The second part of the module is an introduction to the use of spectroscopic techniques in the determination of molecular structure. The bases and simple applications of infrared, ultraviolet/visible and NMR spectroscopies and mass spectrometry are discussed.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 60%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 10%
Module codeCH3105
LevelL4
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits10

This module provides practice in essential aspects of laboratory chemistry, associated mathematical concepts, communication and study skills.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 100%
Module codeCH3201
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired by successful completion of the Year 1 module CH3102, to explore further the chemistry of main group and transition elements.  Trends in the behaviour of the p-block elements and their compounds are considered, with particular focus on the inert pair effect, the role of d-orbitals, p-bonding, and structure and bonding in main group and “electron-deficient’ compounds.  The mechanisms of substitution and redox reactions of transition metal complexes are described.  Trends in reactivity and magnetic properties are explained in terms of ligand field theory.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 4%
  • Practical-based assessment: 13%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 4%
  • Class test: 6%
Module codeCH3202
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module develops the use, application and interpretation of molecular spectroscopies together with analytical approaches to purification. The application of these techniques to deduce the molecular structures of a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds will be described. Primary focus will be on the application of Infrared, UV-visible absorption and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Modern chromatographic purification techniques (HPLC, GCMS) will also be described in the context of identifying molecular species.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
  • Written assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Class test: 5%
Module codeCH3203
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module completes the work in begun in year 1, to provide a coherent mechanistic overview of all of the key organic functional groups and their formation/reactivity.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 2%
  • Practical-based assessment: 20%
  • Class test: 6%
Module codeCH3204
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module develops understanding of the fundamental nature of matter at the quantum level, along with experimental and theoretical methods used to probe this. The range of spectroscopic methods by which atoms and molecules are studied will be examined in detail, focussing on the physical information contained within spectra. Quantum mechanical description of model systems will set the foundations for deeper understanding of the structure and spectra of atoms and simple molecules, and of the bonding in more complex molecules. Consideration of symmetry and group theory is crucial in all aspects of this module; this will be introduced at the start of the module and applied throughout.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
  • Written assessment: 10%
  • Practical-based assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Practical-based assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 10%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Class test: 5%
Module codeCH3205
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module explores fundamental concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics, including an introduction to statistical mechanical approaches.  Building on the introduction of enthalpy, entropy and free energy in the module CH3101, the relationship between free energy and different types of equilibrium constants will be explored.  Statistical mechanical definitions of simple concepts in thermodynamics and kinetics will be developed. The key topics of electrochemistry and colloid science will then be used to exemplify the relationship between energy and structure. Experimental routes to obtaining critical thermodynamic quantities are explored in the accompanying laboratory classes.  The kinetics aspect of this module will build on introductory material (Yr 1) to the level where complex experimental kinetics may be treated mathematically, focusing on complex sequences of elementary reactions, competing reactions and chain reactions, together with aspects of the kinetics of surface processes such as catalysis and corrosion.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 50%
  • Practical-based assessment: 14%
  • Written assessment: 6%
  • Written assessment: 3%
  • Practical-based assessment: 14%
  • Written assessment: 4%
  • Written assessment: 3%
  • Class test: 6%
Module codeCH3206
LevelL5
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits10

This module builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired by successful completion of the Year 1 module CH3105.  Students will have opportunities to enhance their employability, by increasing their expertise in a variety of areas, such as: data retrieval, analysis and presentation; teamworking; information technology and communication.

Assessment

  • Written assessment: 30%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Written assessment: 5%
  • Written assessment: 15%
Module codeCH3216
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module provides an extensive description of the structures of biological molecules, their interactions and reactions. It aims to show how the basis of their reactivity can be understood in terms of chemical laws and concepts.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 15%
  • Practical-based assessment: 15%
Module codeCH3299
LevelL5
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module provides a coherent mechanistic overview of some key organic functional groups and their formation/reactivity.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 65%
  • Practical-based assessment: 25%
  • Written assessment: 7%
  • Written assessment: 3%
Module codeCH3302
LevelL6
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

The first part of this module introduces students to the chemistry of the 2nd and 3rd row transition metals.  Advanced aspects of the electronic spectroscopy and magnetochemistry of transition metal compounds are then discussed  The second half of the module deals specifically with organotransition metal chemistry, covering structure and bonding, reaction mechanisms, and catalysis.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 3%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 3%
Module codeCH3303
LevelL6
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

This module shows: 1) how the concerted application of a collection of conceptual models and elementary reaction steps to problems in organic chemistry can provide a framework for understanding the bonding and reactivity of organic molecules; and 2) how modern reactions can be applied to the synthesis of target molecules.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 3%
  • Written assessment: 3%
Module codeCH3304
LevelL6
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits20

The module describes the fundamental properties of common materials, in particular the solid state, polymeric materials and their underlying theoretical basis. Knowledge of the structure of the solid state will lay the basis for a discussion of band theory within a series of theoretical models. Finally, the fundamental concepts in quantum and statistical mechanics will be presented, starting from solution of the Schrödinger equation for model systems, quantum mechanical aspects of atomic and molecular electronic structure, with particular reference to the Pauli Principle and Variation theorem. Statistical mechanics will be based around the definition of partition functions, and will employ such definitions in discussion of thermodynamics and kinetics.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 3%
  • Written assessment: 12%
  • Written assessment: 3%
Module codeCH3307
LevelL6
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module explains how detailed information about structure, stereochemistry and the behaviour of chemical species in solution and in the solid state can be obtained by using luminescence spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and diffraction techniques (specifically X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and electron diffraction, as well as electron microscopy).

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH3308
LevelL6
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

Many key processes in biology are enabled by metal ions such as calcium, iron, copper and zinc. In this module the biological functions of a wide range of elements are examined with a particular focus upon the functions of metal ions and their catalytic roles in biology. The module will correlate the fundamental coordination chemistry of metal ions to the wide range of redox, Lewis acidic and structural roles they play in biological structures.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 70%
  • Written assessment: 30%
Module codeCH3401
LevelL7
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits60

This module consists of a supervised research project spread over two semesters, selected from a portfolio prepared by members of staff from their own research interests. The work will include new studies, a literature survey, and preparation of a project report which will be examined orally. Candidates will also present a mid-project research colloquium.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 40%
  • Practical-based assessment: 20%
  • Presentation: 20%
  • Oral/aural assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3402
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module will focus on the structure and design of ligands in the development of functional metal complexes.  Three areas will be covered, representing a cross section of pertinent problems in this area, these will be a) the development of catalysts based upon s and f block metals; b) the study of ligand dynamics and their influence on the structure and activity of metal complexes; and c) the stoichiometric and catalytic reactions of p-block elements.  The module will cover the synthesis of targeted ligand precursors, the coordination chemistry of these ligands, and their influence on specific types of reactivity.  Attention will be given to the analysis of structure-activity relationships.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3403
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

The module consists of three main topics associated with the application of inorganic coordination compounds to biological and biomedical imaging: optical, magnetic resonance and radioimaging will be covered. The module will provide a brief technical background to each of the imaging modalities and then focus upon the use and application of metal coordination compounds in each. Aspects of synthesis, spectroscopic characterisation and molecular design will be described, and the ability to rationalise the relationship between complex structure and function (including the biological context) will be a fundamental focus.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3404
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module consists of a range of examples exposing the students to sophisticated methods in stereoselective synthesis. Building on previous knowledge, advanced methods for stereocontrol in total synthesis, preparation of enantiomerically pure drug molecules, development of stereoselective rearrangement processes as well as the introduction of various enabling technologies will be the main focus of this module. Throughout, the ability to extract stereochemically relevant information from complex syntheses will be a major focus.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3405
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

In this module, the application of physical techniques and artificially modified biomolecules to problems in structure and mechanism in organic and biological chemistry research will be discussed. Students will appreciate what information can be gained from each technique and learn how to plan experiments and interpret the resulting data for probing structure, dynamics and reactivity.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3406
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

This module exposes students to the range of computational methods that can be applied to diverse chemical problems, from the structure and property of molecules to chemical thermodynamics, kinetics and reactivity. Methods for describing molecules, ranging from quantum chemical and molecular orbital methods for relatively small molecules to atomistic simulation of larger, more complex systems will be discussed. Throughout, the ability to extract chemically relevant properties from molecular modelling experiments will be a major focus.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3407
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits10

The module aims to provide the student with an overview of the synthesis and applications of specific advanced materials in the modern chemical environment. The structure-function relationship in colloidal systems will the examined, with particular emphasis on the characterisation techniques used to investigate the structure of the colloid system. Selected case studies in the drug delivery area will also be covered. The characteristics and applications of reactions in the solid state will be discussed. Heterogeneous catalysts are also vital to the chemical industry, so the preparation, characterisation and applications of these advanced materials will also be treated in depth in the course.

Assessment

  • Examination - autumn semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3408
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

This module consists of lectures and class tutorials that will develop many of the fundamental concepts in catalysis, and show how they can be applied to some of the major challenges in chemistry, including:

·       Environmental protection (through control of NOx, VOC and CO emissions)

·       Re-designing manufacturing processes to improve efficiency and sustainability

·       Upgrading low-value and waste products

·       Transitioning from conventional catalysis to biocatalysis

·       Replacing supply-limited precious metal catalysts  by less rare materials

The content will draw strongly on the complementary fields of nanoscience, solid-state chemistry, surface science, organometallic chemistry, and synthetic organic chemistry. 

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3409
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

Spectroscopy is one of the central pillars of chemistry, providing essential information on the reactants, products and critically, intermediates, involved in every chemical reaction studied. In this module, we discuss applications of spectroscopy across a very broad range of fields with a particular emphasis on interfacial and atmospheric processes where Cardiff has particular expertise. The module describes some aspects of the cutting edge of research being undertaken in the School and discusses the unique tools being exploited at Cardiff to investigate these areas.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH3410
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits10

Magnetic resonance techniques, including NMR and EPR, are extremely powerful tools for investigating the structure and dynamics of molecules. This module offers the student the opportunity to study the underlying physical principles of NMR and EPR in both liquid and solid state, and the surrounding magnetic interactions that determine the appearance of the experimental spectra. Coverage of conventional principles in magnetic resonance, showing how the resonance frequency of a nucleus (or electron) is affected not only by the applied field but also by the electronic environment and surrounding nuclei, will be presented to the students. Subsequently the more modern versions of NMR and EPR, based on pulses of EM radiation, will be covered. The basic mathematical principles of the pulse sequences enabling more elaborate NMR experiments to be performed, will be treated, showing how these techniques are necessary to characterise particularly complex systems, such as those encountered in chemical biology. Particular emphasis will be devoted to NMR and EPR/ENDOR analysis of solid state spectra. The anisotropic interactions responsible for the broad and more complex spectral line shapes experienced in the solid state (compared to the isotropic profiles experienced in the liquid state) will be treated using a series of examples. The advanced methodology of angular selective ENDOR, used to analyse and extract structural information, for paramagnetic species in frozen solution, will also be treated.

Assessment

  • Examination - spring semester: 80%
  • Written assessment: 20%
Module codeCH7401
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits60

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH7401
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits60

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH8401
LevelL7
SemesterDouble Semester
Credits120

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH9401
LevelL7
SemesterAutumn Semester
Credits30

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%
Module codeCH9401
LevelL7
SemesterSpring Semester
Credits30

This module is only available to exchange students.  A student taking this module will gain experience of original research, and have the opportunity to put into safe practice the previous training in techniques and methods of chemistry, and to produce a dissertation to a professional standard including review of appropriate literature.

Assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%