Topics in Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry - CHEM6220

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


'Nanoscience will sculpt the scientific landscape of the 21st century.' Here, you will be exposed to the synthesis of nanomaterials spanning nanoparticles, nanorods and porous architectures. You will learn how to control their shape, size, functionalisation, and stabilisation for a wide range of applications. The synthesis of functional inorganic solid is also introduced, including conventional solid-state synthesis, the use of intercalation and high-pressure synthesis to prepare novel materials and how solid-state materials can be synthesised at lower temperatures via solution-based methods. You will also synthesise several functional inorganic solids and nanomaterials in our chemistry laboratory.


Contact hours

Private Study: 106
Contact Hours: 44
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Assignment 1 (7 hours) – 12.5%
• Assignment 2 (7 hours) – 12.5%
• Lab Reports (7 hours each) – 15%
• Examination (3 hours) – 60%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

The assignments and the lab reports are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding and knowledge of core and foundation scientific concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practice and methods in relation to inorganic synthetic chemistry.
2. Demonstrate wide-ranging knowledge of areas of inorganic synthetic chemistry including synthetic pathways of inorganic materials, such as sol-gel, "shake and bake" and high-pressure synthesis.
3. Demonstrate full appreciation of developments at the forefront of some areas of inorganic materials chemistry such as nanoparticles and catalysts.
4. Demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of inorganic synthetic chemistry methods and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems in inorganic synthetic chemistry.
5. Recognise and analyse problems in inorganic synthetic chemistry and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
6. Display professional skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards.
7. Display confident skills required for carrying out documented standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic work in relation to inorganic systems. Skills in observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes. The systematic and reliable documentation of the above. Operation of standard analytical instruments employed in the chemical sciences.
8. Collate, interpret, and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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