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CHM2180 - Materials chemistry: biomaterials, macromolecules and smart materials

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Stuart Batten


Not offered in 2007


The unit describes the structure, properties and synthesis of biomaterials, macromolecules, and 'smart' inorganic materials which are designed to carry out a range of sensing or active functions. Includes: materials produced by plants and animals such as collagen, bone, cellulose and membranes; properties of everyday materials such as polypropylene and polyurethane and the link between properties, structure and synthesis. It also examines the structure if ceramics and glasses. Some of the lecture material will also be available via computer based modules and quizzes, allowing students to progress at an individual pace through some segments of the course.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Assignments: 10%
Laboratory reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week.


6 points of first level chemistry or BMS1011


CHM2931, CHM2932, CHM2182, CHM3182, CHM3180