Modern Inorganic Materials (F1197)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You explore the fundamental electronic and magnetic properties of modern materials, including cooperative magnetism, electronic structure and conductivity and the applications of these materials.

You are introduced to the correlated application of advanced physical techniques, including SQUID magnetometry, X-ray diffration, transport measurement, EPR and Mössbauer spectroscopies.

In the second part of the module, you focus on presenting examples of modern inorganic materials. This includes metal organic frameworks – coordination polymers and polynuclear coordination clusters to which the particular technique(s) can be applied and their properties with particular emphasis on:

  • absorption
  • molecular magnetism
  • catalysis
  • drug delivery
  • fluorescence.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 180 hours of work. This breaks down into 28 hours of contact time and 152 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.