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CH4011 Advanced Coordination Chemistry: Introduction and revision of concepts and definitions (classification, stereochemistry, formation of metal complexes). Ligand design and complex synthesis, macrocyclic and macro-bicyclic ligands: cryptates, cages and sepulcrates. Macrocyclic effect, template synthesis. Ligand based reactions, activation of ligands. Metal-ion control over ring closure reactions: Nucleophilic displacement, Imine formation, C-C bond formation. Control of macrocyclic cavity (ring) size. Preparation of coordination compounds; inert and labile complexes, stability and rate of formation. Classification of inorganic reactions. Inorganic reaction mechanisms: Substitution reactions / mechanism at TM sites, A, D and I processes. Substitution at 4-coordinate sites, tetrahedral (A vs. D mechanisms) and square planar (A vs. D mechanisms) geometries. Square planar sites: solvent intermediate, stereochemistry of substitution, influence of the entering group, influence of ‘spectator’ ligands, trans effect and trans influence. Substitution at TM sites with coordination number greater than 4. Substitution at 6 coord. sites: solvolysis reaction, influence of the leaving group, influence of spectator ligands, stereochemistry of substitution. Substitution by direct replacement.


CH4106 Advanced Physical Chemistry I


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves core courses in photochemistry, redox active nanostructured materials and systems and advanced reaction dynamics.


CH4006 Photochemistry: Introduction (1 lecture). Absorption of light. Selection rules and transition probabilities. Singlet states: (2 lectures) Fluorescence, quantum yields, lifetime measurements, radiationless processes. Jablonski diagram. Transient Spectroscopy: (1 lecture). Fluorescence lifetime determination: laser flash photolysis. Triplet states: (1.5 lectures) nature, population, spin-orbit coupling, phosphorescence, energy transfer, reactions. Nanosecond and picosecond laser photolysis. Photoreduction of benzophenone and derivatives as an illustrative example of an organic molecule in solution (1.5 lectures). Another illustrative example of photo-reactions, e.g. Photo-induced electron transfer reactions or photochemistry of co-ordination compounds.


CH4008 Advanced Physical Chemistry: Electrochemistry: Classification, synthesis and fundamental properties of electroactive polymer materials. Ionic and electronic conductivity mechanisms exhibited by electroactive polymers. The experimental determination of electronic and ionic conductivity in electroactive polymers using microelectrode and complex impedance spectroscopic methods. The use of electroactive polymer materials as amperometric chemical sensor devices. Molecular Reaction dynamics: Potential energy surfaces and molecular reaction dynamics. P.E. Surfaces. H3. Attractive and repulsive surfaces. Molecular reaction dynamics. Monte Carlo methods. Reaction cross-section H + H2 reaction. Molecular Beams and I.R. Chemiluminescence. Molecular beam methods. Reactive collisions - forward, backward and sticky collisions. IRCL Technique. F + H2 D2; H + F2. Tunnelling; MRD & ACT.


CH4107 Advanced Physical Chemistry II


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This core module involves lectures in quantum chemistry and solid state chemistry.

CH4007 Quantum Chemistry: Many-electron wave functions: insolubility of the Schrödinger equation. Ground and excited state of the helium atom. Effect of electron exchange on the wave function and on the energy. Electron spin wave function and total electronic wave function. Pauli exclusion principle: discussion of the singlet and triplet states of the He atom. Hund's Rule. Electron correlation. The Slater determinant. Self-consistent field theory. Accurate calculations of atomic state energies. Accurate calculations on small molecules (H2). Computational quantum chemistry. Gaussian orbitals. Schrödinger equation for the rigid rotor. Rotational wave functions. Selection Rules. Fermiian and Boseian molecules. Nuclear spin states. Spin isomerism and its effect on rotational levels. Ortho- and para-hydrogen. The interaction of radiation with matter. Time-dependent wave functions and evolution of electronic states. Transition probability. Qualitative Molecular Orbital Theory: Walsh diagrams.


CH4009 Solid State Chemistry: Band Theory Revision of orbital approach; the Free Electron (FE) theory; the effect of the lattice-diffraction; Brillouin Zones; Block's Theorem; the Nearly Free Electron (NFE) theory; application of the NFE to various materials; failures of the NFE model-d electrons and ionic compounds; the tight-binding approximation. Applications Semiconductors-intrinsic; the effect of doping; carrier concentrations; the p-n junction; superconductivity-the phenomenon; the BCS theory; order parameters; Cooper Pairs; sagging bed model.


CH4108 Option Module


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: In this module students select four advanced option courses from a list which currently includes: Molecular Dynamics, Matter Transport in Solids, Quantum Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Supramolecular Chemistry, Topics in Structural Chemistry, Statistical Thermodynamics, Organic Synthetic Methods II, Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Special Topics, DNA Structure and Drug-DNA Complexes, Bio-Organic Chemistry, Electrochemical Biosensors. Note that not all option courses may be offered in any given year. See Senior Sophister Course Booklet for further details.


CH4702 Computational Chemistry II


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: Courses in computational drug design and more advanced lectures in molecular quantum chemistry (It encompasses CH4072 and CH4074).


CH4703 Computational Chemistry II I


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves courses in High Performance Computing and Advanced Molecular Dynamics (It encompasses CH4071 and CH4073).


CH4401 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I


Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves the chemistry, biochemistry and drugs associated with the central nervous system (It encompasses CH4050)


CH4402 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry II

Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves courses in computational drug design and analytical techniques (It encompasses CH4052 and CH4056)


CH4403 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry III

Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves courses in site-specific drug delivery and combinatorial chemistry (It encompasses CH4053 and CH4055)


CH4404 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry IV

Duration: Hilary Term

Contact hours: 20 hours

Assessment: By end of year examinations

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: This module involves courses the cardiovascular system, gastric ulcers, asthma, HIV/Aids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (It encompasses CH4051 and CH4054).


CH4012 Practical Chemistry Project


Duration: Michaelmas Term

Credits: 15 - 20 ECTS

Description: In the final year the practical class consists of a full time research project, during the Michaelmas Term, working with one of the research groups in the School.


Depending on the workload this project may be awarded 15-20 credits; ECTS applications should specify the number of credits required, and specify the general area of chemistry in which a project is desired.







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