CHEM40730 Advanced kinetics & thermo.

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is an introduction to advanced thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of chemical processes. In the first part, statistical thermodynamics is introduced. The Boltzmann distribution is derived and used to predict the populations of states in systems at thermal equilibrium. To this end, the partition function is defined, interpreted, and, in some cases, calculated. It is shown how thermodynamic information may be extracted from the partition function. Also, a generalized approach to describing systems that are composed of assemblies of interacting particles is demonstrated. To calculate chemically significant quantities, partition functions are related to thermodynamic functions. Formulas that permit partition functions to be factorized into each mode of motion are developed. On this basis, partition functions are applied to gain insight into a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. In the second part, the dynamics of molecular collisions are described in detail in terms of the motion of molecules along and through potential energy surfaces. The factors that affect the rates of chemical reactions are reviewed. Both the collision theory and the transition state theory are introduced in order to provide a quantitative explanation for reaction rates in gases and in liquids.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to:
A. Statistical thermodynamics
1) Derive the Boltzmann distribution and use it to predict the populations of states in systems at thermal equilibrium. 2) Define what is meant by the molecular partition function, interpret it, and, in certain simple cases, calculate it. 3) Develop closed approximations to the partition function, where exact analytical functions cannot be obtained, for certain simple cases. 4) Describe how thermodynamic information, such as the internal energy or the statistical entropy of a system, may be extracted from the partition function. 5) Generalize the statistical thermodynamic approach to describe systems that are composed of assemblies of interacting particles. 6) Employ the partition function to obtain any thermodynamic function, for example, the Helmholtz energy, the pressure, the enthalpy, the Gibbs energy, for a system. 7) Factorize the molecular partition function into a product of translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic contributions. 8) Use spectroscopic data to calculate the molecular partition function and, from this, to calculate thermodynamic properties in order to gain insight into a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes (mean energies/heat capacities, equations of state/molecular interactions in liquids, residual entropies, and equilibrium constants).
B.Advanced Kinetics
1) Describe molecular motion in gases using the kinetic model of gases. 2) Provide a quantitative explanation for rates of bimolecular elementary reactions using the collision theory. 3) Understand how the RRK model predicts the steric factor and rate constant of unimolecular reactions. 4) Describe the factors that affect the rates of diffusion-controlled reactions in solution and understand how the material balance equation takes account of diffusion, convection, reaction. 5) Understand how the concepts of statistical thermodynamics can be applied to the calculation of rate constants using the Eyring equation of the transition state theory. 6) Describe advanced experimental techniques used to monitor the dynamics of molecular collisions. 7) Describe the progress of selected reactions in terms of the motion of molecules along and through potential energy surfaces.

Indicative Module Content:

This module is an introduction to advanced thermodynamic and kinetic analysis of chemical processes. In the first part, statistical thermodynamics is introduced. The Boltzmann distribution is derived and used to predict the populations of states in systems at thermal equilibrium. To this end, the partition function is defined, interpreted, and, in some cases, calculated. It is shown how thermodynamic information may be extracted from the partition function. Also, a generalized approach to describing systems that are composed of assemblies of interacting particles is demonstrated. To calculate chemically significant quantities, partition functions are related to thermodynamic functions. Formulas that permit partition functions to be factorized into each mode of motion are developed. On this basis, partition functions are applied to gain insight into a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. In the second part, the dynamics of molecular collisions are described in detail in terms of the motion of molecules along and through potential energy surfaces. The factors that affect the rates of chemical reactions are reviewed. Both the collision theory and the transition state theory are introduced in order to provide a quantitative explanation for reaction rates in gases and in liquids.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

32

Tutorial

4

Autonomous Student Learning

72

Total

108

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures
enquiry & problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics and Physical Transformations and CHEM30060 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
CHEM40840 - Adv. kinetics, taught MSc


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Comprehensive written examination will take place during the semester. Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 emergency the nature of the examination will be defined in March. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes

70

Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment during semester will be composed on a number of exercises and quizzes. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

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Name Role
Mr Nathan Feely Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 Tues 09:00 - 10:50
Spring