Nanostructured Materials 4H CHEM4045

  • 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 covers various aspects of nanostructured materials synthesis and characterisation 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 provides an introduction and insight into contemporary inorganic solid state and materials chemistry research. The focus of the course is on the link between synthesis, structure and properties and the underpinning concept of materials design.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Describe the fundamental properties such as crystallinity, composition, crystal phase, phase mixing, domain structure, porosity and pore structure.

2. Explain the principles of synthesis in the solid state and evaluate the applicability of various synthesis routes to inorganic solids.

3. Define the relationship between nanoscale structure, composition and behaviour for materials classified in terms of their number of dimensions.

4. Describe the effects of size and morphology on materials functionality and assess how these effects impact on the structures and properties of nanomaterials.

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.