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MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Advanced Materials Chemistry PGT PHYS5084

  • 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 advanced aspects of modern materials chemistry including the design, synthesis, properties and applications of a wide range of materials. Particular emphasis is given to electronic materials (conductors, semiconductors and superconductors), magnetic materials, cement materials and polymers. The course comprises individual lecture courses on: Ionic Materials, Electronic Materials, Magnetic Materials, Polymer Materials and Cement Materials.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing


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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

This course aims to provide students with detailed knowledge of the chemistry of advanced materials. It will provide an opportunity for students to learn about and discuss any related issues. The course will provide students with practice of unseen problem solving skills, note-taking skills, numerical data interpretation and analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of and discuss common structural types of iconic materials, defect chemistry and ionic conductivity when applied to fast ion-conductors, batteries, fuel cells and sensors.

2. 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.

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. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and discuss the main polymer forming processes, and advanced aspects of the mechanisms of the reactions involved and the high temperature chemistry, phase relations and hydration processes in cement materials.

5. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced, specialised materials chemistry, express originality in thinking, be able to solve abstract problems and communicate ideas and concepts to a professional standard and exercise independent thought, autonomy and initiative in learning.

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.