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CH3103 - Materials and Process Chemistry

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Dana Roberts, <Person not found>, Empro Richard Keene, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60% - 80%); pracitcial component (20% - 40%).

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