Select 60 credits of optional modules, examples listed below:
- Advanced Sustainable Polymeric and Advanced Molecular Materials (10 credits): Sustainability is a global challenge and in this module you will learn about the preparation and recycling of sustainable plastics that have a low environmental impact. You will also learn how sustainable organic materials are increasingly used in consumer electronics such as phones, tablets and computers.
- Clusters, Surfaces and Interfaces (10 credits): Electrochemical reactions and chemistry at the nanoscale are widely used in energy conversion, environmental chemistry, synthesis and sensors in healthcare. You will learn about how we use electrochemical reactions and to characterise materials and surfaces at the nanoscale. The course will focus on how they work, in which situations they may best be used and their practical applications in a range of areas.
- Materials Chemistry (10 credits): Effective energy storage is critical to the transition to an energy system based on renewable energy, and solid-state materials underpin many energy storage technologies. This course will explore the chemistry of lithium-ion batteries, and how hydrogen can be used as an energy carrier, including the fundamental scientific principles and recent discoveries in these areas.
- Metals in Action (10 credits): You will learn about the use of metals in the design of supramolecular structures with targeted photophysical properties. These incredible (nano)materials can be deployed and tracked in our cells and will underpin the future of drug delivery and diagnostics.
- Modern Methods for Molecular Synthesis (10 credits): The synthesis of complex molecules is hugely challenging and highly resource intensive, yet vital for areas such as drug discovery. Powerful and selective tools for molecular synthesis are discussed here, with a major focus on sustainability through the use of catalytic methods.
- Soft Matter (10 credits): Soft matter is a fast-growing area of chemistry, with applications in biological systems, healthcare, chemical synthesis, industrial processes and household and personal care products. This course covers how colloids, micelles and emulsions are formed, how they can be studied and how the structure of the constituents affects the resulting chemical and physical properties.
- Statistical Mechanics and Spectroscopy (10 credits): In this course, you will begin to think about chemistry, one molecule at a time. You will see how we can relate the properties of a gas to the behaviour of the individual atoms or molecules. Then we look at state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques used in studying materials and biological systems, including detecting and imaging single molecules. These state-of-the-art experiments are providing completely new insight into biology and disease for applications in healthcare.
- Synthesis of Natural Products (10 credits): Naturally-occurring molecules display a bewildering array of complexity, and the development of elegant and creative synthetic approaches to complex natural products has driven many of the advances in organic chemistry over the past century. In this module, you will learn how to approach the synthesis of these important therapeutic compounds in a controlled and selective way.