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.


65%: Lecture
35%: 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: