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Nanostructured Materials 4M CHEM5055

  • 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 of chemical synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured 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 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 important concepts of solid state materials, surfaces and nanomaterials.

2. Use advanced chemical technologies and design concepts to propose novel materials and their synthesis.

3. Define the relationship between nanoscale structure, composition and behaviour for materials, and effects of size and morphology on functionality.

4. Show awareness of the impact of nanoscale materials in society and environment.

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.