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Module Title LM Applications of Supramolecular Chemistry
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 20493
Module Lead Prof Jim Tucker
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions The module is available to all students on the above programmes and is offered to suitably qualified occasional students. For the latter, enrolment is determined on a case-by-case basis using academic transcripts.
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours

This module is composed of two components. The first considers supramolecular photochemistry, and the course outlines the significance of supramolecular structures with useful functions ranging from solar energy conversion systems and molecular electronics to drug delivery systems. The second component of the module relates to supramolecular devices, and describes how concepts of supramolecular chemistry may be applied to the design of functional materials; emphasis is placed on recent developments and potential applications. Both components build on lecture material delivered earlier in the programme.

Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts delivered in the course;
  • Apply their acquired knowledge to the solution of relevant problems;
  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently, i.e. adopt student-centred study modes;
  • Discuss photophysical properties of organic and inorganic fluorescent molecules used as probes;
  • Compare photophysical processes in inorganic and organic systems;
  • Outline experimental evidence for demonstration of energy and electron transfer pathways;
  • Describe the photophysical processes of the natural photosynthetic system and apply known molecular building block for the design of an artificial photosynthetic system;
  • Design molecular and nanomolecular systems that act as wires;
  • Predict requirements for constructing solar energy conversion systems;
  • Propose applications of luminescent labels and sensors;
  • Define a supramolecular device and understand the factors that govern their design and function;
  • Understand how redox-active systems can operate as either guest-binding sensors or switches;
  • Describe how photochromic compounds may be incorporated into supramolecular systems to generate light-controlled devices;
  • Understand how the presence of one or more inputs leads to systems displaying gated behaviour;
  • Describe how interlocked structures may be used as supramolecular devices that control molecular motion;
  • Discuss the merits of immobilising supramolecular devices onto various surfaces.
Assessment 20493-01 : Module Assessment : Exam (School Arranged) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Worksheets (20%) and exam (80%)
Reading List