Atmospheres and Interfaces

Module code: F1022
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

In this module, you are introduced to concepts and principles in atmospheric chemistry and surface science.

Many properties of atmospheres are governed by mass transport and chemical cycles that are readily understood by application of fundamental physical and chemical principles.

As well as key physical laws governing atmospheric behaviour, you explore homogeneous reactions that give rise to important atmospheric constituents and the role of aerosols in heterogenous reactions.

In the second part of the module, you focus on a more detailed view of the structures and properties of surfaces. And you develop a fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and modern nanochemistry.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand and describe key stages in the origin and formation of the Earth's atmosphere and the four layer structure of the atmosphere
  • Understand the laws governing transport in the atmosphere
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of surface adsorption, desorption and dissociation
  • Understand and be able to apply principles defining surface crystal structure and characterization