Table 1: Chemistry

Table 1 lists units of study available to students in the Bachelor of Science and combined degrees. The units are available to students enrolled in other degrees in accordance with their degree resolutions.

Errata
Item Change Section Date

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CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A 

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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CHEM1901 Chemistry 1A (Advanced) 

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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CHEM1902 Chemistry 1B (Advanced)  

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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CHEM1903 Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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CHEM1904 Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)  

Recommended concurrent units of study: 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics

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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Chemistry

For a major in Chemistry, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed in this subject area, which must include the associated laboratory units.
Junior units of study
CHEM1001
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A
6    A There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study, but students who have not undertaken an HSC chemistry course are strongly advised to complete a chemistry bridging course before lectures commence.
N CHEM1906, CHEM1909, CHEM1901, CHEM1101, CHEM1905, CHEM1109, CHEM1903
Semester 1
CHEM1002
Fundamentals of Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or equivalent
N CHEM1102, CHEM1902, CHEM1907, CHEM1904, CHEM1108, CHEM1908
Semester 2
CHEM1101
Chemistry 1A
6    A HSC Chemistry and Mathematics
N CHEM1905, CHEM1906, CHEM1903, CHEM1001, CHEM1909, CHEM1109, CHEM1901
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Main
CHEM1102
Chemistry 1B
6    P CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or a Distinction in CHEM1001 or equivalent
N CHEM1904, CHEM1907, CHEM1902, CHEM1108, CHEM1908, CHEM1002
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Main
CHEM1901
Chemistry 1A (Advanced)
6    P HSC Chemistry result of 80 or more
N CHEM1109, CHEM1001, CHEM1101, CHEM1905, CHEM1903, CHEM1909, CHEM1906

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CHEM1902
Chemistry 1B (Advanced)
6    P CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or Distinction in CHEM1101 or equivalent
N CHEM1102, CHEM1904, CHEM1002, CHEM1908, CHEM1907, CHEM1108

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
CHEM1903
Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)
6    P HSC Chemistry result of 90 or more.
N CHEM1906, CHEM1905, CHEM1901, CHEM1001, CHEM1109, CHEM1909, CHEM1101

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study.
Semester 1
CHEM1904
Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)
6    P Distinction in CHEM1903
N CHEM1002, CHEM1908, CHEM1108, CHEM1907, CHEM1102, CHEM1902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study.
Semester 2
Intermediate units of study
CHEM2401
Molecular Reactivity and Spectroscopy
6    P (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics
N CHEM2301, CHEM2911, CHEM2903, CHEM2901, CHEM2311, CHEM2915, CHEM2101, CHEM2001, CHEM2502


This is a required chemistry unit of study for students intending to major in chemistry. Students who have passed CHEM1001 and CHEM1002 may enroll in this unit after obtaining Departmental permission.
Semester 1
CHEM2911
Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy Adv
6    P Credit average or better in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903)
N CHEM2311, CHEM2502, CHEM2001, CHEM2101, CHEM2401, CHEM2915, CHEM2901, CHEM2301, CHEM2312, CHEM2903
Semester 1
CHEM2915
Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy SSP
6    P Distinction average in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903)
N CHEM2312, CHEM2901, CHEM2101, CHEM2301, CHEM2502, CHEM2001, CHEM2903, CHEM2311, CHEM2401, CHEM2911

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The number of places in this unit of study is strictly limited and entry is by invitation only. Enrolment is conditional upon available places.
Semester 1
CHEM2402
Chemical Structure and Stability
6    P (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior of Mathematics
N CHEM2202, CHEM2916, CHEM2912, CHEM2302, CHEM2902


This is a required chemistry unit of study for students intending to major in chemistry. Students who have passed CHEM1001 and CHEM1002 may enroll in this unit after obtaining Departmental permission.
Semester 2
CHEM2912
Chemical Structure and Stability (Adv)
6    P Credit average or better in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903)
N CHEM2302, CHEM2916, CHEM2902, CHEM2202, CHEM2402
Semester 2
CHEM2916
Chemical Structure and Stability (SSP)
6    P Distinction average in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903)
N CHEM2402, CHEM2202, CHEM2912, CHEM2302, CHEM2902

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The number of places in this unit of study is strictly limited and entry is by invitation only. Enrolment is conditional upon available places.
Semester 2
CHEM2404
Forensic and Environmental Chemistry
6    P (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics
N CHEM3197, CHEM3107, AGCH3033


To enrol in Senior Chemistry students are required to have completed (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Students are advised that combinations of Intermediate Chemistry units that do not meet this requirement will generally not allow progression to Senior Chemistry.
Semester 1
CHEM2403
Chemistry of Biological Molecules
6    P 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry, 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics.
N CHEM2301, CHEM2903, CHEM2913, CHEM2101, CHEM2901, CHEM2311, CHEM2502, CHEM2001


To enrol in Senior Chemistry, students are required to have completed (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Students are advised that combinations of Intermediate Chemistry units that do not meet this requirement will generally not allow progression to Senior Chemistry.
Semester 2
Senior units of study
CHEM3110
Biomolecules: Properties and Reactions
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916).
N CHEM3910
Semester 1
CHEM3910
Biomolecules: Properties & Reactions Adv
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3110
Semester 1
CHEM3111
Organic Structure and Reactivity
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916).
N CHEM3911
Semester 1
CHEM3911
Organic Structure and Reactivity (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3111
Semester 1
CHEM3112
Materials Chemistry
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916).
N CHEM3912
Semester 1
CHEM3912
Materials Chemistry (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3112
Semester 1
CHEM3113
Catalysis and Sustainable Processes
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916).
N CHEM3913
Semester 1
CHEM3913
Catalysis and Sustainable Process (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3113
Semester 1
CHEM3114
Metal Complexes: Medicine and Materials
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916).
N CHEM3914
Semester 2
CHEM3914
Metal Complexes: Medic. & Mater. (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3114
Semester 2
CHEM3115
Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)
N CHEM3915
Semester 2
CHEM3915
Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3115
Semester 2
CHEM3116
Membranes, Self Assembly and Surfaces
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)
N CHEM3916
Semester 2
CHEM3916
Membranes, Self Assembly & Surfaces(Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3116
Semester 2
CHEM3117
Molecular Spectroscopy & Quantum Theory
6    P (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)
N CHEM3917
Semester 2
CHEM3917
Mol. Spectroscopy & Quantum Theory (Adv)
6    P Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915)
N CHEM3117
Semester 2

Chemistry

For a major in Chemistry, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from senior units of study listed in this subject area, which must include the associated laboratory units.
Junior units of study
CHEM1001 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week; one 3 hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prohibitions: CHEM1906, CHEM1909, CHEM1901, CHEM1101, CHEM1905, CHEM1109, CHEM1903 Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study, but students who have not undertaken an HSC chemistry course are strongly advised to complete a chemistry bridging course before lectures commence. Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignments (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Practical field work: A series of 9 three-hour laboratory sessions, one per week for 9 weeks of the semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The aim of the unit of study is to provide those students whose chemical background is weak (or non-existent) with a good grounding in fundamental chemical principles together with an overview of the relevance of chemistry. There is no prerequisite or assumed knowledge for entry to this unit of study. Lectures: A series of 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1002 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week; one 3 hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prerequisites: CHEM1001 or CHEM1101 or equivalent Prohibitions: CHEM1102, CHEM1902, CHEM1907, CHEM1904, CHEM1108, CHEM1908 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Practical field work: A series of 9 three-hour laboratory sessions, one per week for 9 weeks of the semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
CHEM1002 builds on CHEM1001 to provide a sound coverage of inorganic and organic chemistry. Lectures: A series of 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week; one 3 hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prohibitions: CHEM1905, CHEM1906, CHEM1903, CHEM1001, CHEM1909, CHEM1109, CHEM1901 Assumed knowledge: HSC Chemistry and Mathematics Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Practical field work: A series of 9 three-hour laboratory sessions, one per week for 9 weeks of the semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Chemistry 1A is built on a satisfactory prior knowledge of the HSC Chemistry course. Chemistry 1A covers chemical theory and physical chemistry. Lectures: A series of 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: One 3 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week; one 3 hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prerequisites: CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or a Distinction in CHEM1001 or equivalent Prohibitions: CHEM1904, CHEM1907, CHEM1902, CHEM1108, CHEM1908, CHEM1002 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Chemistry 1B is built on a satisfactory prior knowledge of Chemistry 1A and covers inorganic and organic chemistry. Successful completion of Chemistry 1B is an acceptable prerequisite for entry into Intermediate Chemistry units of study. Lectures: A series of 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1901 Chemistry 1A (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week; one 3-hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prerequisites: HSC Chemistry result of 80 or more Prohibitions: CHEM1109, CHEM1001, CHEM1101, CHEM1905, CHEM1903, CHEM1909, CHEM1906 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Practical field work: A series of 9 three-hour laboratory sessions, one per week for 9 weeks of the semester. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Chemistry 1A (Advanced) is available to students with a very good HSC performance as well as a very good school record in chemistry or science. Students in this category are expected to do Chemistry 1A (Advanced) rather than Chemistry 1A.
The theory and practical work syllabuses for Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1A (Advanced) are similar, though the level of treatment in the latter unit of study is more advanced, presupposing a very good grounding in the subject at secondary level. Chemistry 1A (Advanced) covers chemical theory and physical chemistry. Lectures: A series of about 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1902 Chemistry 1B (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week; one 3-hour practical per week for 9 weeks. Prerequisites: CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or Distinction in CHEM1101 or equivalent Prohibitions: CHEM1102, CHEM1904, CHEM1002, CHEM1908, CHEM1907, CHEM1108 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Chemistry 1B (Advanced) is built on a satisfactory prior knowledge of Chemistry 1A (Advanced) and covers inorganic and organic chemistry. Successful completion of Chemistry 1B (Advanced) is an acceptable prerequisite for entry into Intermediate Chemistry units of study. Lectures: A series of about 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1903 Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour tutorial per week and one 3 hour practical per week for 11 weeks. Prerequisites: HSC Chemistry result of 90 or more. Prohibitions: CHEM1906, CHEM1905, CHEM1901, CHEM1001, CHEM1109, CHEM1909, CHEM1101 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study.
Entry to Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is restricted to students with an excellent school record in Chemistry. The practical work syllabus for Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is very different from that for Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1A (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises. All other unit of study details are the same as those for Chemistry 1A (Advanced). A Distinction in Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) is an acceptable prerequisite for entry into Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program).
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
CHEM1904 Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial per week, one 3-hour practical per week for 12 weeks. Prerequisites: Distinction in CHEM1903 Prohibitions: CHEM1002, CHEM1908, CHEM1108, CHEM1907, CHEM1102, CHEM1902 Assessment: Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignment (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study.
Entry to Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program) is restricted to students who have gained a Distinction in Chemistry 1A (Special Studies Program) or by invitation. The practical work syllabus for Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program) is very different from that for Chemistry 1B and Chemistry 1B (Advanced) and consists of special project-based laboratory exercises. All other unit of study details are the same as those for Chemistry 1B (Advanced). Successful completion of Chemistry 1B (Special Studies Program) is an acceptable prerequisite for entry into Intermediate Chemistry units of study.
Textbooks
A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website. http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/firstyear
Intermediate units of study
CHEM2401 Molecular Reactivity and Spectroscopy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, seven 1-hour tutorials per semester, eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics Prohibitions: CHEM2301, CHEM2911, CHEM2903, CHEM2901, CHEM2311, CHEM2915, CHEM2101, CHEM2001, CHEM2502 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is a required chemistry unit of study for students intending to major in chemistry. Students who have passed CHEM1001 and CHEM1002 may enroll in this unit after obtaining Departmental permission.
This is one of the two core units of study for students considering majoring in chemistry, and for students of other disciplines who wish to acquire a good general background in chemistry. The unit considers fundamental questions of molecular structure, chemical reactivity, and molecular spectroscopy: What are chemical reactions and what makes them happen? How can we follow and understand them? How can we exploit them to make useful molecules? This course includes the organic and medicinal chemistry of aromatic and carbonyl compounds, organic reaction mechanisms, molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, and molecular orbital theory.
CHEM2911 Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy Adv

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, seven 1-hour tutorials per semester and eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: Credit average or better in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) Prohibitions: CHEM2311, CHEM2502, CHEM2001, CHEM2101, CHEM2401, CHEM2915, CHEM2901, CHEM2301, CHEM2312, CHEM2903 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The syllabus for this unit is the same as that of CHEM2401 together with special Advanced material presented in the practical program. The lectures cover fundamental consideration of molecular electronic structure and its role in molecular reactivity and spectroscopy and include applications of spectroscopy, the organic chemistry of aromatic systems, molecular orbital theory and quantum chemistry. For more details of the lecture syllabus, please read the entry for CHEM2401.
CHEM2915 Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy SSP

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, twelve 1-hour SSP seminars per semester, eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: Distinction average in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) Prohibitions: CHEM2312, CHEM2901, CHEM2101, CHEM2301, CHEM2502, CHEM2001, CHEM2903, CHEM2311, CHEM2401, CHEM2911 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, assignments, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: The number of places in this unit of study is strictly limited and entry is by invitation only. Enrolment is conditional upon available places.
The lectures for this unit comprise the lectures for CHEM2401 and the Advanced practical program together with additional SSP seminars. Two streams of SSP seminars are offered: Series One comprises three seminar series on state of the art topics in chemistry (in 2011, these included Advanced Kinetics, Quantum Theory and Organofluorine Chemistry). Series Two is devoted to Advanced Theoretical Chemistry.
CHEM2402 Chemical Structure and Stability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, seven 1-hour tutorials per semester, eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior of Mathematics Prohibitions: CHEM2202, CHEM2916, CHEM2912, CHEM2302, CHEM2902 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This is a required chemistry unit of study for students intending to major in chemistry. Students who have passed CHEM1001 and CHEM1002 may enroll in this unit after obtaining Departmental permission.
This is the second core unit of study for students considering majoring in chemistry, and for students seeking a good general background in chemistry. The unit continues the consideration of molecular structure and chemical reactivity. Topics include the structure and bonding of inorganic compounds, the properties of metal complexes, materials chemistry and nanotechnology, thermodynamics and kinetics.
CHEM2912 Chemical Structure and Stability (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, seven 1-hour tutorials per semester, eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: Credit average or better in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) Prohibitions: CHEM2302, CHEM2916, CHEM2902, CHEM2202, CHEM2402 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The syllabus for this unit is the same as that of CHEM2402 together with special Advanced material presented in the practical program. The lectures include the properties of inorganic compounds and complexes, statistical thermodynamics, the chemistry of carbonyls, nucleophilic organometallic reagents, and synthetic methods. For more details of the lecture syllabus, please read the entry for CHEM2402.
CHEM2916 Chemical Structure and Stability (SSP)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, twelve 1-hour SSP seminars per semester, eight 4-hour practicals per semester. Prerequisites: Distinction average in (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) Prohibitions: CHEM2402, CHEM2202, CHEM2912, CHEM2302, CHEM2902 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, assignments, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: The number of places in this unit of study is strictly limited and entry is by invitation only. Enrolment is conditional upon available places.
The lectures for this unit comprise the lectures for CHEM2402 and the Advanced practical program together with additional SSP seminars comprising three seminar series on state of the art topics in chemistry (in 2011, these included From Planck's Constant to Experiment, Molecular Nanomaterials and Palladium in Organic Synthesis).
CHEM2404 Forensic and Environmental Chemistry

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 1 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, six 1-hour tutorials and five 4-hour practical sessions per semester. Prerequisites: (CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903) and (CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904), 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics Prohibitions: CHEM3197, CHEM3107, AGCH3033 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: To enrol in Senior Chemistry students are required to have completed (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Students are advised that combinations of Intermediate Chemistry units that do not meet this requirement will generally not allow progression to Senior Chemistry.
The identification of chemical species and quantitative determination of how much of each species is present are the essential first steps in solving all chemical puzzles. In this course students learn analytical techniques and chemical problem solving in the context of forensic and environmental chemistry. The lectures on environmental chemistry cover atmospheric chemistry (including air pollution, global warming and ozone depletion), and water/soil chemistry (including bio-geochemical cycling, chemical speciation, catalysis and green chemistry). The forensic component of the course examines the gathering and analysis of evidence, using a variety of chemical techniques, and the development of specialised forensic techniques in the analysis of trace evidence. Students will also study forensic analyses of inorganic, organic and biological materials (dust, soil, inks, paints, documents, etc) in police, customs and insurance investigations and learn how a wide range of techniques are used to examine forensic evidence.
CHEM2403 Chemistry of Biological Molecules

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Richard Payne Session: Semester 2 Classes: Three 1-hour lectures per week, six 1-hour tutorials per semester, five 4-hour practical sessions per semester. Prerequisites: 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry, 6 credit points of Junior Mathematics. Prohibitions: CHEM2301, CHEM2903, CHEM2913, CHEM2101, CHEM2901, CHEM2311, CHEM2502, CHEM2001 Assessment: One 3-hour examination, quizzes, lab reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: To enrol in Senior Chemistry, students are required to have completed (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Students are advised that combinations of Intermediate Chemistry units that do not meet this requirement will generally not allow progression to Senior Chemistry.
Life is chemistry, and this unit of study examines the key chemical processes that underlie all living systems. Lectures cover the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids and DNA, the mechanisms of organic and biochemical reactions that occur in biological systems, chemical analysis of biological systems, the inorganic chemistry of metalloproteins, biomineralisation, biopolymers and biocolloids, and the application of spectroscopic techniques to biological systems. The practical course includes the chemical characterisation of biopolymers, experimental investigations of iron binding proteins, organic and inorganic chemical analysis, and the characterisation of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Senior units of study
CHEM3110 Biomolecules: Properties and Reactions

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Prohibitions: CHEM3910 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
DNA, proteins and carbohydrates represent three classes of essential biomolecules present in all biological systems. This unit will cover the structure, reactivity and properties of biomolecules and the building blocks from which these molecules are assembled. Interactions between biomolecules and metal ions, small molecules and other biomolecules will be covered and the chemical tools for studying biomolecules highlighted. The design and synthesis of small molecules which mimic the functions of biomolecules will also be illustrated.
CHEM3910 Biomolecules: Properties & Reactions Adv

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3110 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
DNA, proteins and carbohydrates represent three classes of essential biomolecules present in all biological systems. This unit will cover the structure, reactivity and properties of biomolecules and the building blocks from which these molecules are assembled. Interactions between biomolecules and metal ions, small molecules and other biomolecules will be covered and the chemical tools for studying biomolecules highlighted. The design and synthesis of small molecules which mimic the functions of biomolecules will also be illustrated. CHEM3910 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3110 students but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3111 Organic Structure and Reactivity

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 4 hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Prohibitions: CHEM3911 Assessment: One 2 hour exam, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The structure and shape of organic molecules determines their physical properties, their reaction chemistry as well as their biological/medicinal activity. The determination of this structure and understanding its chemical consequences is of fundamental importance in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal and materials chemistry. This course examines the methods and techniques used to establish the structure of organic molecules as well as the chemistry which dictates the shapes that they adopt. The first part of the course examines the use of modern spectroscopic methods (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy) which are used routinely to identify organic compounds. The second part of the course examines the chemical consequences of molecular shapes in more depth and looks at the inter-relationship between molecular shape and the processes by which bonds are made and broken (the reaction mechanism). An understanding of these processes allows the outcome of reactions to be predicted, which is an essential tool enabling the construction of complex molecules from simple starting materials.
CHEM3911 Organic Structure and Reactivity (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3111 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The structure and shape of organic molecules determines their physical properties, their reaction chemistry as well as their biological/medicinal activity. The determination of this structure and understanding its chemical consequences is of fundamental importance in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal and materials chemistry. This course examines the methods and techniques used to establish the structure of organic molecules as well as the chemistry which dictates the shapes that they adopt. The first part of the course examines the use of modern spectroscopic methods (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy) which are used routinely to identify organic compounds. The second part of the course examines the chemical consequences of molecular shapes in more depth and looks at the inter-relationship between molecular shape and the processes by which bonds are made and broken (the reaction mechanism). An understanding of these processes allows the outcome of reactions to be predicted, which is an essential tool enabling the construction of complex molecules from simple starting materials. CHEM3911 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3111 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3112 Materials Chemistry

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Prohibitions: CHEM3912 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course concerns the inorganic chemistry of solid-state materials: compounds that possess 'infinite' bonding networks. The extended structure of solid materials gives rise to a wide range of important chemical, mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties. Consequently such materials are of enormous technological significance as well as fundamental curiosity. In this course you will learn how chemistry can be used to design and synthesise novel materials with desirable properties. The course will start with familiar molecules such as C60 and examine their solid states to understand how the nature of chemical bonding changes in the solid state, leading to new properties such as electronic conduction. This will be the basis for a broader examination of how chemistry is related to structure, and how structure is related to properties such as catalytic activity, mechanical strength, magnetism, and superconductivity. The symmetry of solids will be used explain how their structures are classified, how they can transform between related structures when external conditions such as temperature, pressure and electric field are changed, and how this can be exploited in technological applications such as sensors and switches. Key techniques used to characterise solid-state materials will be covered, particularly X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and physical property measurements.
CHEM3912 Materials Chemistry (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3112 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course concerns the inorganic chemistry of solid-state materials: compounds that possess 'infinite' bonding networks. The extended structure of solid materials gives rise to a wide range of important chemical, mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical properties. Consequently, such materials are of enormous technological significance as well as fundamental curiosity. In this course you will learn how chemistry can be used to design and synthesize novel materials with desirable properties. The course will start with familiar molecules such as C60 and examine their solid states to understand how the nature of chemical bonding changes in the solid state, leading to new properties such as electronic conduction. This will be the basis for a broader examination of how chemistry is related to structure, and how structure is related to properties such as catalytic activity, mechanical strength, magnetism, and superconductivity. The symmetry of solids will be used explain how their structures are classified, how they can transform between related structures when external conditions such as temperature, pressure and electric field are changed, and how this can be exploited in technological applications such as sensors and switches. Key techniques used to characterise solid-state materials will be covered, particularly X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and physical property measurements. CHEM3912 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3112 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3113 Catalysis and Sustainable Processes

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1 hour lectures and one 4 hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Prohibitions: CHEM3913 Assessment: One 2 hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
At present rates of consumption, the resources of 5 planets would be needed for everyone on earth to enjoy our standard of living. Since so much of our consumption and waste involves chemical processes in some way, more efficient chemical processes are needed in a sustainable tomorrow. Catalysis is and will increasingly be at the heart of these sustainable processes. This unit examines the fundamentals of catalysis and its use to design sustainable processes. The course will initially focus on the organometallic fundamentals in order to show how they can be used to understand and design homogeneous catalytic processes from a molecular perspective, which, in turn, leads on to biocatalytic conversions where the enzyme is treated like a large ligand with a special surface, pointing towards the surface chemistry involved in supported catalysts - the next topic. Within this general discussion, the special case of the three-dimensional surface found in zeotypes will be developed and the acid/base and redox catalysis (the mainstay of the majority of industrial processes) in such confined spaces of molecular dimensions will be examined. The course will continue with examining the production of polymers as an example of a major industrial process. An introduction on polymer chemistry and polymer properties will be given, followed by the examination of the various synthetic routes and processes that yield to the production of polymers. The recent advances in polymer synthesis and the design of new materials of improved properties and function will be reviewed. The last part of this section will explore the various approaches designed to improve the sustainability of polymer synthesis, in particular for the specific case of free radical polymerization, with an emphasis on the design of novel catalysts. The course will conclude by examining a variety of case studies. All the preceding topics find their way into the discussion of the key role of catalysts in the design of sustainable chemical processes, rationalizing the choices behind catalyst design.
CHEM3913 Catalysis and Sustainable Process (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3113 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
At present rates of consumption, the resources of 5 planets would be needed for everyone on earth to enjoy our standard of living. Since so much of our consumption and waste involves chemical processes in some way, more efficient chemical processes are needed in a sustainable tomorrow. Catalysis is and will increasingly be at the heart of these sustainable processes. This unit examines the fundamentals of catalysis and its use to design sustainable processes. The course will initially focus on the organometallic fundamentals in order to show how they can be used to understand and design homogeneous catalytic processes from a molecular perspective, which, in turn, leads on to biocatalytic conversions where the enzyme is treated like a large ligand with a special surface, pointing towards the surface chemistry involved in supported catalysts - the next topic. Within this general discussion, the special case of the three-dimensional surface found in zeotypes will be developed and the acid/base and redox catalysis (the mainstay of the majority of industrial processes) in such confined spaces of molecular dimensions will be examined. The course will continue with examining the production of polymers as an example of a major industrial process. An introduction on polymer chemistry and polymer properties will be given, followed by the examination of the various synthetic routes and processes that yield to the production of polymers. The recent advances in polymer synthesis and the design of new materials of improved properties and function will be reviewed. The last part of this section will explore the various approaches designed to improve the sustainability of polymer synthesis, in particular for the specific case of free radical polymerization, with an emphasis on the design of novel catalysts. The course will conclude by examining a variety of case studies. All the preceding topics find their way into the discussion of the key role of catalysts in the design of sustainable chemical processes, rationalizing the choices behind catalyst design. CHEM3913 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3113 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3114 Metal Complexes: Medicine and Materials

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916). Prohibitions: CHEM3914 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Coordination compounds, with bonds between a central metal atom and surrounding ligands, play critical roles in biology, biochemistry and medicine, controlling the structure and function of many enzymes and their metabolism. They play similarly vital roles in many industrial processes and in the development of new materials with specifically designed properties. Building on the foundation of crystal field theory, this course offers a comprehensive treatment of the structures and properties of coordination compounds, with a qualitative molecular orbital description of metal-ligand bonds, and their spectroscopic, magnetic and dynamic effects. The exploitation of these properties in medicine and materials will be emphasized. Medical topics include descriptions of the essential and toxic elements of the Periodic Table, metal complexes as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer drugs, and their use as tumour imaging and radiotherapeutic agents. Materials topics include metal directed self assembly into unique structures, ligand design and control of the synthesis of nanoporous materials with new electronic and magnetic properties and applications in catalysis and molecular separations.
CHEM3914 Metal Complexes: Medic. & Mater. (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3114 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Coordination compounds, with bonds between a central metal atom and surrounding ligands, play critical roles in biology, biochemistry and medicine, controlling the structure and function of many enzymes and their metabolism. They play similarly vital roles in many industrial processes and in the development of new materials with specifically designed properties. Building on the foundation of crystal field theory, this course offers a comprehensive treatment of the structures and properties of coordination compounds, with a qualitative molecular orbital description of metal-ligand bonds, and their spectroscopic, magnetic and dynamic effects. The exploitation of these properties in medicine and materials will be emphasized. Medical topics include descriptions of the essential and toxic elements of the Periodic Table, metal complexes as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer drugs, and their use as tumour imaging and radiotherapeutic agents. Materials topics include metal directed self assembly into unique structures, ligand design and control of the synthesis of nanoporous materials with new electronic and magnetic properties and applications in catalysis and molecular separations. CHEM3914 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3114 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3115 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916) Prohibitions: CHEM3915 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The development of new pharmaceuticals fundamentally relies on the ability to design and synthesize new compounds. Synthesis is an enabling discipline for medicinal chemistry - without it, the development of new drugs cannot progress from design to implementation, and ultimately to a cure. This unit will tackle important factors in drug design, and will highlight the current arsenal of methods used in the discovery of new drugs, including rational drug design, high throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry. We will develop a logical approach to planning a synthesis of a particular target structure. The synthesis and chemistry of heterocycles, which comprise some 40% of all known organic compounds and are particularly common in pharmaceuticals, will be outlined. Examples will include important ring systems present in biological systems, such as pyrimidines and purines (DNA and RNA), imidazole and thiazole (amino acids and vitamins) and porphyrins (natural colouring substances and oxygen carrying component of blood). Throughout the course, the utility of synthesis in medicinal chemistry will be illustrated with case studies such as anti-influenza (Relenza), anaesthetic (benzocaine), anti-inflammatory (Vioxx), antihypertensive (pinacidil) and cholesterol-lowering (Lovastatin) drugs.
CHEM3915 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour seminar and one 4 hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3115 Assessment: One 2 hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The development of new pharmaceuticals fundamentally relies on the ability to design and synthesize new compounds. Synthesis is an enabling discipline for medicinal chemistry - without it, the development of new drugs cannot progress from design to implementation, and ultimately to a cure. This unit will tackle important factors in drug design, and will highlight the current arsenal of methods used in the discovery of new drugs, including rational drug design, high throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry. We will develop a logical approach to planning a synthesis of a particular target structure. The synthesis and chemistry of heterocycles, which comprise some 40% of all known organic compounds and are particularly common in pharmaceuticals, will be outlined. Examples will include important ring systems present in biological systems, such as pyrimidines and purines (DNA and RNA), imidazole and thiazole (amino acids and vitamins) and porphyrins (natural colouring substances and oxygen carrying component of blood). Throughout the course, the utility of synthesis in medicinal chemistry will be illustrated with case studies such as anti-influenza (Relenza), anaesthetic (benzocaine), anti-inflammatory (Vioxx), antihypertensive (pinacidil) and cholesterol-lowering (Lovastatin) drugs. CHEM3915 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3115 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3116 Membranes, Self Assembly and Surfaces

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916) Prohibitions: CHEM3916 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Away from the covalent and ionic interactions that hold molecules and solids together is the world of fragile objects - folded polymers, membranes, surface adsorption and stable molecular aggregates - held together by weak forces such as van der Waals and the hydrophobic effect. The use of molecules rather than atoms as building blocks means that there are an enormous number of possibilities for stable aggregates with interesting chemical, physical and biological properties, many of which still wait to be explored. In this course we will examine the molecular interactions that drive self assembly and the consequences of these interactions in supramolecular assembly, lipid membrane formations and properties, microemulsions, polymer conformation and dynamics and range of fundamental surface properties including adhesion, wetting and colloidal stability.
CHEM3916 Membranes, Self Assembly & Surfaces(Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1 hour lectures, one 1 hour seminar and one 4 hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3116 Assessment: One 2 hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Away from the covalent and ionic interactions that hold molecules and solids together is the world of fragile objects - folded polymers, membranes, surface adsorption and stable molecular aggregates - held together by weak forces such as van der Waals and the hydrophobic effect. The use of molecules rather than atoms as building blocks means that there are an enormous number of possibilities for stable aggregates with interesting chemical, physical and biological properties, many of which still wait to be explored. In this course we examine the molecular interactions that drive self assembly and the consequences of these interactions in supramolecular assembly, lipid membrane formations and properties, microemulsions, polymer conformation and dynamics and range of fundamental surface properties including adhesion, wetting and colloidal stability. CHEM3916 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3916 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.
CHEM3117 Molecular Spectroscopy & Quantum Theory

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) and (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916) Prohibitions: CHEM3917 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course will cover the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy as a modern research tool and as a theoretical basis with which to understand everyday phenomena. This course is aimed at the student wishing a rigorous understanding of the fabric of nature -- electronic structure -- and the interaction between light and matter. The course teaches the quantum theory needed to understand spectroscopic phenomena (such as the absorption of light) at the empirical and deeper levels. A student completing this course will take with him/her an understanding of spectroscopy as both a phenomenon and a research tool. The course teaches application and theory, with descriptions of applied spectroscopic techniques. Alongside the coverage of modern spectroscopy, the course provides an accessible treatment of the science behind vision, flames, solar cells and photochemical smog.
CHEM3917 Mol. Spectroscopy & Quantum Theory (Adv)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour seminar and one 4-hour practical per week. Prerequisites: Credit or better in (CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) Prohibitions: CHEM3117 Assessment: One 2-hour exam, written assignments, prac reports (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course will cover the fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy as a modern research tool and as a theoretical basis with which to understand everyday phenomena. This course is aimed at the student wishing a rigorous understanding of the fabric of nature -- electronic structure -- and the interaction between light and matter. The course teaches the quantum theory needed to understand spectroscopic phenomena (such as the absorption of light) at the empirical and deeper levels. A student completing this course will take with him/her an understanding of spectroscopy as both a phenomenon and a research tool. The course teaches application and theory, with descriptions of applied spectroscopic techniques. Alongside the coverage of modern spectroscopy, the course provides an accessible treatment of the science behind vision, flames, solar cells and photochemical smog. CHEM3917 students attend the same lectures as CHEM3117 students, but attend an additional advanced seminar series comprising one lecture a week for 12 weeks.