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Module Code: CHE302
Module Title: Modern Applications of Physical Chemistry
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to extend student's knowledge of Physical Chemistry to include specialised topical area including

1. Fundamental of Statistical Thermodynamics.

2. Surface chemistry and Colloidal chemistry.

3. Physical Chemistry of condensed matter and electrochemistry of fuel cell.

Learning outcomes 
By the end of the module, students should be able to

A/ Evaluate macro-thermodynamic information from the statistical micro-thermodynamics point of view.

B/ Critically discuss the relationship between reaction equilibrium and molecular partition function.

C/ Evaluate surface phenomena and the properties of colloids, micelle and membrane.

D/ Critically discuss the physical chemistry of fuel cells.

E/ Apply equations relating to the physical chemistry of the condensed state covered in the lectures and to use these in problem solving.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures will be used to provide the background knowledge necessary for students to succeed in this module. The lectures will be supported by tutorials.
i. Brief review of thermodynamics, Boltzmann distribution.

ii. Partition function q; q(translational); q(rotational); q(vibrational); q(electronic).

iii. Approximations and assumptions involved in Statistical Thermodynamics.

iv. Common thermo-functions (U, H, P, S, G, A) expressed as functions of partition function.

v. Determination of reaction equilibrium constants using partition function.

vi. Basics of surface phenomena; Liquid-vapor interface; capillary action; wettability; surface tension; thermodynamics of surface layers.

vii. Colloidal, micelles, and membrane; surfactant and self-assembly structure; macromolecules’ structure and dynamics.

viii. Physical Chemistry of the condense phase: electrochemistry, half-cell reactions, standard electrode potentials, use of the Nernst equation.

ix. The electrochemistry of fuel cells and electrode reactions.

x. Solid state ionic and oxygen non-stoichiometry, Introductory to impedance spectroscopy.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Test1 15.00
2 Test2 15.00
3 Continue Assessment (3) 10.00
4 Final Exam 60.00

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