Cross-disciplinary Materials Science

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMPH049-05
Vaknaam Cross-disciplinary Materials Science
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 5
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Cross-disciplinary Materials Science
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. predict bonding and properties of atoms based on their position in the periodic table, and infer material properties from basic concepts of coordination chemistry and crystallography;
2. draw stereochemical representations and resonance structures of simple molecules, and explain the concept of chirality and assign stereochemical descriptors;
3. identify common functional groups, calculate pH values in solutions and gels, predict chemical stability and reactivity of a molecule based on chemical structure, and illustrate differences in intra- and intermolecular interactions in groups of molecules;
4. illustrate the concepts of chemical equilibrium, reaction order, chemical kinetics, and transition states in reaction coordinate diagrams;
5. predict reactivity of functional groups based on their nucleophilicity and electrophilicity, and categorize substitution reactions by their mechanism (SN1 vs. SN2) and explain trends of reaction rates based on leaving group structure and reactivity;
6. identify the chemistry responsible for a given interfacial behavior, choose a suitable polymer type and polymerization reaction for a given application, and predict basic properties of a material during 3D printing;
7. convey a chemistry concept and its relevance to on-going research in structured and concise form in writing tailored to a general audience, and synthesize concepts learned in the course with respect to current research in the broad field of materials sciences and communicate the conclusions in a short explainer video.
Omschrijving This course serves as an introductory course in chemistry to physicists in the Physics and Applied Physics Master´s programmes. It provides the basic concepts and knowledge on the topic of inorganic & organic chemistry necessary to be successful in the broad field of materials sciences. It also gives students the opportunity to convey the acquired concepts in a clear an concise manner using the form of a report and an explainer video.

Topics covered include:
1) Molecular structure and bonding
2) Stereochemistry and chirality
3) Introduction to chemical reactivity and functional groups
4) Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
5) Substitution reactions
6) Surface functionalization & polymer chemistry

This course is the first one of its kind in chemistry for physics students and does not assume prior knowledge in the concepts taught. It does, however, require sufficient command of the English language and basic concepts covered during the BSc programme physics. However, introductory courses such as ´Structure of matter´ (WBPH034-10), ´Atoms of Molecules´ (WBPH003-05) and electives such as ‘Molecular biophysics’ (WBPH023-05), ‘Chemical biology’ (WBCH036-05), and ‘Cellular chemistry’ (WBCH021-05) should provide a sound foundation for the understanding of molecular behaviors in advanced materials.

The course is a guided self-study, combining lectures, tutorials, final report and presentation, the completion of which will enable students to continue on in the interdisciplinary Materials Track in the succeeding block Ib. Tutorials reinforce the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures and provide an opportunity to apply concepts relating to chemistry in advanced materials. Scientific writing is a key factor for students´employability and requires practice. During the course, students will write a guided, but independent report to further deepen a course concept and to put it in the context of on-going research in materials sciences. The written report is accompanied with a short explainer video, that further trains students in media literacy and developing a well-structured presentation of scientific content.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(The scores from the written exam, written report, and oral presentation are averaged: Written Exam (50%), Outline (5%), Written Report (35%), Oral Presentation (10%). The maximum number of points (#P) is 100. The grade is computed as #P/10 and is then rounded to the nearest 0.5.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. M.M. Lerch
Docent(en) dr. G.R. Blake ,dr. M.M. Lerch
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Inorganic Chemistry Shriver and Atkin´s 9781429299060
Organic Chemistry Paula Yurkanis Bruice 9781292160436
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from either a bachelors program in Physics or Chemistry and competency with the English language, both written and oral.
Opmerkingen The course unit is followed by, and prepares students for, AM001-4 (the core courses in the aforementioned masters tracks) for which the learning objectives attained are required as prior knowledge.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Applied Physics  ( Verplichte vakken) - semester I a verplicht
MSc Physics: Advanced Materials  ( Compulsory courses) - semester I a verplicht
MSc Physics: Science, Business and Policy  (Keuzevakken in Advanced Materials) 1 semester I a keuze: AM