Topics in Functional Materials - PSCI6040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Paul Saines checkmark-circle

Overview

Chemists and physicists are now playing an important role in the growing field of materials research. More recently, there has been a growing interest, driven by technological needs, in materials with specific functions and this requires a combination of physics and chemistry. For example, new materials are needed for the optics and electronics industry (glasses and semiconductors). The aim of this module is to introduce students to this area of modern materials and associated techniques. Examples of the topics that might typically be covered are: Crystals and crystallography; Molecular materials; Glasses; Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Multiferroics; X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS).

Details

Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150

Availability

Not available as an elective module.

Method of assessment

• Assignment 1 (4 pages) – 10%
• Assignment 2 (4 pages) – 10%
• Examination (3 hours) – 80%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of some current topics of interest in materials research.
2. Understand techniques applicable for chemical and physical characterisation methods of materials.
3. Show a critical awareness of the applications of materials in industry.
4. Demonstrate systematic understanding of knowledge relating to materials.
5. Apply their knowledge to solve problems in materials.
6. Understand the underlying phenomena of the electronic structure of materials.
7. Demonstrate a strong appreciation of the key driving forces in materials science and knowledge of selected important functional materials.

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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