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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 26 hours of contact time and about 124 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: