Functional Materials 4H CHEM4041

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce the applications and uses of functional materials for level 4 students.


18 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials to be arranged

Requirements of Entry

Normally grade D3 or above in Inorganic Chemistry 3, Organic Chemistry 3 and Physical Chemistry 3.

Excluded Courses





90 minute written examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will introduce fundamental principles, applications and uses of functional materials with an emphasis on electronic and optical properties, and conductivity, important in the operation and design of devices and new technologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Identify some of the important physical properties in solid state materials such as magnetoresistance, ferroelectricity and conductivity, and how these properties are interconnected with structure and bonding.

2. Recall the synthesis, characterisation and application of organic semiconductors.

3. Explain the function of a range of electronic and photonic devices and how to evaluate their performance and efficiencies.

4. Describe novel carbon-based materials, including carbon nanotubes and graphene and related materials and their physical and chemical properties.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.