The functional properties of solids, which are widely used for their ability to conduct electricity and ions, is determined by their structure on the atomic scale. An understanding of this is vital to the development of new materials, including those required to enable the clean energy technologies of tomorrow. This module will provide you with an understanding of the structures of solids and how they're determined. We will also explore the properties of materials, including electronic and ionic conductivity, and the role solids play in energy-related technologies.
Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Not available as an elective module
Method of assessment
• Online Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 5%
• Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 5%
• Assessed Worksheet 1 (4 hours) – 15%
• Assessed Worksheet 2 (4 hours) – 15%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%
Academic year 2023/24 examined: In-Person Exam (Standard Exam)
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1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the terminology, conventions, and core concepts in solid state and materials chemistry including structure, packing, and thermodynamic descriptions of solid state and materials systems, such as phase diagrams;
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles, terminology, and core concepts of the physical, mechanical, and electronic properties of solid state materials and systems;
3. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the terminology, conventions, and core concepts of how structure and defects determine physical properties of solid state materials and systems;
4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles and methods for the characterisation and study of solid state systems such as diffraction methods.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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