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MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Chemistry of Functional Materials Level 11 PHYS5077

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

A lecture course covering the design, synthesis, properties and applications of a wide range of functional materials.

Particular emphasis is given to electronic materials (conductors, semiconductors and superconductors), magnetic materials, meso-and microporous solids and polymers. The course comprises individual lecture courses on: The Electronic Properties of Solids, Organic Polymer Chemistry, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Electronic Structure of Solids and Transition Metal Oxides.


Tuesday 16:00-17:00

Thursday 9:00-12:00

Thursday 14:00-15:00

Friday 14:00-15:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing


Course is 100% written exam

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University does not provide resit examinations for MSc students. In cases where an assessment is affect by reasons of good cause a revised mark, based on other completed assessments, may be substituted.

Course Aims

Each lecture course has an associated tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling exam-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course. Additional pre-exam revision sessions and/or individual meetings will be offered by the lecturers.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:  1. Use band theory in the form of the free electron model and the tight-binding approximation to describe the electronic structure of solids including superconductors

2. Calculate the magnetic moment of lanthanide and orbitally quenched transition metal ions from their electronic configuration

3. Interpret magnetic susceptibility data for paramagnets, antiferromagnets and ferromagnets and determine the sign and strength of exchange interactions from such data and interpret CMR

4. Describe the structure, properties, synthesis and characterisation of microporous and mesoporous materials

5. Understand and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved

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.