CHEN40610 Applied Chemistry: Selected Frontier areas

Academic Year 2023/2024

Advanced and frontier areas involving surface chemistry, catalysis, micelles, micro- and nano- materials, chemical devices, medical applications, sensors, fuels, energy conversion and storage, chemistry of cuisine and food, polymers, bio- related physical chemistry applications and applications of thermodynamics.

All topics may not be covered every year.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

This course will create a base for careers in chemistry, engineering, materials science, development of certain types of advanced sensing devices and methods, teaching, research and development.
Embedded Learning Outcomes:
Basics of colloids, surfactants, surfaces and interfaces (application oriented)
Understanding and exploitation of nano- and porous materials
Applications of adsorption and catalysis
Applications of micro- and nano materials in catalysis, sensors, medical diagnostics, food science, etc.
Learn about liquid crystals and devices
Learn about the exploitation of light as an analytical tool (other than spectroscopies)
Basics of chemical energy conversion methods
Applications of thermodynamic principles in everyday life
Critique chemical, physical and engineering state-of-the-art
Promote green chemistry
Exploit chemical sciences and technology

General Transferable Skills (Outcomes):
Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
Make an oral presentation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Lectures provided by the Professor and tutors (in some years, to handle specialist topics)
- Seminars in groups
- Highly interactive class atmosphere where students are expected to ask questions and enter into brief discussions
- From frontier areas of chemistry to applications of products, methods, processes and services 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Chemistry or Chemical Engineering UG, General chemistry, Physical Chemistry, thermodynamics (Eg., CHEN20030 and CHEN 30030 or equivalent) and general physics.

Learning Exclusions:

Applied Chemistry (CHEN30120)

Learning Recommendations:

Chemical Engineering or Chemistry

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CHEN30120 - Applied Chemistry

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Seminar: Selected topics will be given to students and they are required to explain the theory and state of the art to the class via talks/presentations/video recordings. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: The submission of a Critical review based on the lectures and other materials covered during the term. Sources are open for essay writing to be completed within a specified period. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The marks for seminars will be informed after completion of seminars.

Name Role
Dr Mohammad Reza Ghaani Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Yandi Lan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 14:50