CHEM40110 Advanced Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

Academic Year 2024/2025

Two advanced aspects of Inorganic chemistry will be introduced and discussed. Specifically these involve (i) the basis and use of heterogeneous catalysis in industrial and environmental applications and (ii) metal-based magnetism and luminescence.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Following completion of this module the student should have an in-depth knowledge of the chemistry behind the use of heterogeneous catalysis and their application in several areas of industrial and "green" chemistry and environmental protection. This will involve an appreciation for the catalytic cycle, the bonding between reagents and catalysts, characterisations of catalytic materials and an understanding of basic catalytic kinetics. Furthermore they will have undertaken a case study of one important class of catalyst i.e. microporous and mesoporous solids.

The students should have an advanced knowledge of the energy states in free and complexed transition and lanthanide metal ions and be able to explain the differences in bonding, magnetism and optical properties of compounds from the two series.

Indicative Module Content:

Heterogeneous catalysis
Industrial and "green" chemistry
Environmental protection
Microporous and mesoporous solids.
Energy states in free and complexed transition and lanthanide metal ions
Bonding, magnetism and optical properties of transition metal and lanthanide complexes

This is a predominantly lecture-based module. The mode of delivery is blended including face-to-face and online modes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mode of delivery, assessment and content of the module may be subject to change.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning -participating in in-class discussion led by lecturer
ability to engage with unique set of problems in in-class assessment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This module is intended for students in the final year of an Honours Chemistry degree program or post graduate students in a Chemical discipline. Other students wishing to take this module must have a comparable background in chemistry and must consult the School.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CHEM40820 - Adv. inorg. chem., taught MSc

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Exam (In-person): in class tests covering both parts of the module n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (In-person): a 2h final exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Performance in in-class tests will be communicated to students in-semester.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Grace Morgan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer