Chemistry of Stable, Unstable and Non-existent Compounds (F1704)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You will explore the latest advances in the chemistry of heavy main group elements, and the advanced models necessary to understand their structures.

You’ll learn about the strategies for the synthesis and application of reactive and exotic main-group compounds and ligands. You’ll look at the conceptual treatments and theories used to explain and guide their study.

You will also take part in class discussions and problem-solving exercises.


100%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: