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CH274 - Electrons in Molecules and Solids

  • Module code: CH274
  • Module name: Electrons in Molecules and Solids
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module introduces students to several fundamental aspects of physical chemistry. Firstly, it will develop students’ knowledge of symmetry and group theory and its role in molecular structure and bonding and the interpretation of electronic and vibrational spectra. It will provide students with working knowledge of the various relaxation pathways available to electronically excited molecules. The second part will introduce the fundamental concepts of solid state chemistry that relate to crystal structure, chemical bonding in solids and to the electronic properties of solids. This will establish to students how quantum and statistical mechanics applied to solid materials can be used to derive various condensed matter properties such as electrical conduction and opto-electronic characteristics. Special emphasis will be given to directly connecting quantum mechanical properties to examples from modern electronics applications. As part of the key skills training in the 2nd year of the chemistry programme, students will be introduced to advanced practices of scientific computing, data analysis, and visualization in the context of chemistry

Principal learning outcomes

After taking this module, students will have a firm understanding of core topics in the spectroscopy and physical chemistry of molecules and solids. Students will learn how symmetry and group theory can be used to understand the structure, spectroscopy (vibrational and electronic), and the chemical reactivity of molecules and how spectral intensities of electronic transitions are related to Franck-Condon factors. Students will be able to use Jablonski diagrams to illustrate the relaxation pathways available to electronically excited molecules and the link between photochemical reaction rates and quantum yields. Building on the student’s existing knowledge of basic quantum mechanics, they will be introduced to the basic principles of chemical bonding and how useful bonding concepts for molecules and solids arise from quantum mechanics. Using these bonding concepts, students will learn how they can predict and interpret the electronic properties of solids. Based on this, students will be introduced to the basic electronic properties of metals and semiconductors and how these properties connect to modern electronic device design. In addition, students will be introduced to scientific computing practices in chemistry such as advanced data analysis and data visualization practices. Students will practice this key skill at hand of examples around the lecture content.

Timetabled teaching activities

28 lectures (1 hour each) 2 lectures on foundations of scientific computing (1 hour each) 7 workshops (1 hour each) 4 revision sessions (1 hour each)

Departmental link

go.warwick.ac.uk/CH274

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: CH274-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed work 20%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) Variants (F101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) (F107) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F109) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F109) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F110) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F110) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F111) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F112) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F121) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) Variants (F122) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry(with Intercalated Year) (F127) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Business Studies (FN11) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional

N/A