Polymeric and Organic Materials - CH530

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR H Shepherd


CH309 CH382/PS381, and CH314 as prerequisite; CH506 as co-requisite.





Chemistry in context
Plastics, Liquid Crystals and Organic LEDs are ubiquitous in everyday life; your smartphone, tablet or television screen is likely an Organic LED. Here, the chemistry of these common materials is explored. Specifically, the structure and nomenclature of organic and inorganic macromolecules are covered, as well as polymer syntheses. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of polymers, liquid crystals and light emitting materials are dissected and device structure of organic LEDs is deconvoluted.
(Lab component.)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

24 hours of lectures, 3 practicals (18 lab hours), 3 hours of drop-in sessions.

Private study 105 hours; Total study hours - 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Coursework - 40% Exam - 60%

Indicative reading

G. Solomons, Organic Chemistry 11th Ed.

  • J. M. G. Cowie, Polymers: Chemistry and physics of Modern Materials 3rd ed.
  • Y. Jean, F. Volatron and J. Burdett, An introduction to molecular orbitals
  • S.-S. Sun, L. R. Dalton, Introduction to Organic Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • P. J. Collins, M. Hird, Introduction to Liquid Crystals: Chemistry and Physics.

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  • Learning outcomes

    Fundamental concepts relating to polymer chemistry.

  • Operating instrument and interpreting spectra from spectroscopic data.
  • Structure-property relationships liquid-crystal (LC) materials.
  • Synthetic approaches to polymers, LCs, and light emitting organics.
  • Concepts relating to spectroscopy
  • An ability to interpret spectroscopic data.
  • An ability to link chemical structure to experimental observables
  • The skills to perform practical experiments to gain spectroscopic information.
  • The skills to operate standard chemical instrumentation, record data, evaluate observations and errors.
  • A knowledge of basic spectroscopy; infra-red, UV-VIS, fluorescence.
  • An understanding of how polymers are synthesised and analysed.
  • More detailed understanding of small molecule synthesis approaches.
  • A knowledge of LC behaviour and how it relates to observable properties.
  • A basic understanding of device compositions.
  • An ability to make use of appropriate texts, or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.
  • Problem-solving skills, an ability to formulate problems in precise terms and to identify key issues, and the confidence to try different approaches in order to make progress on challenging problems.
  • Analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.
  • Personal skills – the ability to work independently, to use initiative, to organise oneself to meet deadlines and to interact constructively with other people.

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