Organic Supramolecular and Polymer Chemistry 4M CHEM5057

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • 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 organic-based materials from supramolecular assemblies to polymers.


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

Requirements of Entry

Admission to the MSc degree programme in Advanced Functional Materials.

Excluded Courses





90 minute written examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide understanding and insight into organic materials, from supramolecular assemblies to polymers, and their impact on society and the environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Understand the fundamental principles of non-covalent interactions, molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-replication.

2. Describe how the principles of supramolecular chemistry can be used in the construction of molecular machines and devices.

3. Explain the principles and theory underlying the important polymerisation methods.

4. Understand the effects of polymerisation conditions on polymerisation kinetics and the properties of the polymers produced.

5. Show awareness of the impact of organic 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.