Materials and Solid State Chemistry - LABS5200

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 5 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum
The arrangement of atoms and defects in a solid governs its properties. Here we cover the crystal structures and phase diagrams of solid materials. Bonding in solids is discussed, including metallic, ionic and molecular crystals, defects and non-stoichiometry. You will be introduced to the synthesis, properties and applications of a wide range of materials and their solid state reactions. Applications covered include catalysis, pharmaceuticals, energy materials and nanomedicine.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 120
Private Study Hours: 30
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio 30%
Assignment 20%
MCQ – 20%
Written Exam – 30% - 2 hours
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Peter Atkins 2018 Physical Chemistry Oxford University Press
Peter Atkins 2017 Elements of Physical Chemistry Oxford University Press
Anthony West 2014 Solid State Chemistry and its Applications Wiley
Lesley Smart 2012 Solid state chemistry an introduction CRC Press

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:
Crystal structures. An ability to describe the features of the most common crystalline structures.
Bonding in the solid state. An ability to identify different bonding contributions in the solid state.
How the structure and bonding determines the chemical properties of a compound.
Molecular defects. An ability to describe different defect structures in the solid state and how they affect the materials properties.
Basic concepts of molecular symmetry.
Phase diagrams. An ability to interpret and draw phase diagrams. Understanding of how phase transitions affect industry, such as pharmaceuticals.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills.
Demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data.
Demonstrate the ability to present and communicate data.
Demonstrate the ability to obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Demonstrate time-management and organisational skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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