Chemistry of the p-Block and f-Block Elements (F1024)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module, you explore selected areas of Main Group Chemistry and you're introduced to the chemistry of the lanthanide and actinide elements - in both cases highlighting differences with the chemistry of elements from the transition series.

As part of the module, you cover topics such as:

  • aspects of bonding in the p-block elements
  • NMR spectroscopy of the p-block elements
  • main group cluster species
  • introduction to lanthanides and their chemistry
  • coordination chemistry and applications of lanthanide complexes
  • actinide chemistry.


85%: Lecture
15%: Practical (Workshop)


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

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: