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CH3103 - Materials and Process Chemistry

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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Offered in SP2, in even numbered years only

Thermodynamics is essential to understanding and predicting chemical reactivity. This subject will provide students with the necessary background in thermodynamics and discusses its application in areas relating to energy, materials and industry. Topics include: Fundamental and applied thermodynamics; surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis; corrosion and industrial electrochemistry; minerals processing chemistry; the production of polymers and their properties; band theory and photovoltaics; nanomaterials (including an introduction to metallosupramolecular chemistry, self assembly, molecular recognition, molecular machines; smart polymers).

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide students with a sound background in chemical thermodynamics;
  • to enable students to apply chemical thermodynamic principles to industrially important processes, including those used in minerals processing;
  • to enable students to be familiar with the electrochemical principles relating to corrosion and industrial electrochemistry;
  • to enable students to be familiar with the production and properties of modern materials including polymers and nanomaterials.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr George Vamvounis
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Dr Rosalie Hocking, Dr George Vamvounis, <Person not found>, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); pracitcial component (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.