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Functional Materials 4M CHEM5053

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • 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 fundamental principles, applications and uses of functional materials.


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

Requirements of Entry

Normally successful completion of associated Work or European Placement or associated taught components of 4M Chemistry (combined) courses at grade C3 or better or admission to the MSc degree programmes in Advanced Functional Materials.

Excluded Courses





90 minute written examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will describe and illustrate the 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. Evaluate materials which are not primarily used for their mechanical properties but for other properties such as electronics, conductivity, optics and magnetism, and relate these to structure.

2. Describe what functions can be built into materials, the methods of their manufacture and how to evaluate their performance.

3. Show insight in some examples, which are discussed during the course, on developments of new materials with special properties and potential applicability of these in the future.

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.