Chemistry principles applied to materials science and nanotechnology...
Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology are rapidly expanding fields of science playing an integral part in development of most modern technologies, including drug delivery devices, electronic materials, biomedical and diagnostic devices, paints and cosmetics, just to mention a few.
This course introduces the concepts necessary to explain phenomena in materials chemistry and nanotechnology. It provides students with a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of materials and covers a diverse range of materials including inorganic materials, colloids, & self assembled systems and focuses aspects of characterisation, chemistry, properties, & novel applications.

The course builds strongly on topics of second level Physical Chemistry, either CHEM2002, CHEM2902 or CHEM2056. In addition, It will be assumed that students have a knowledge of at least the fundamental aspects of the first and second level chemistry subjects including CHEM2050/2901, and of the manipulative and report writing skills learned by successful completion of practical work associated with CHEM2054.

Topics in CHEM3013 enable students to develop a thorough understanding of how chemical principles apply to the design and application of materials in science and nanotechnology.
What do I do in this course?
CHEM3013 provides an introduction to advanced materials chemistry and nanotechnology that can be applied across a range of fields, students will have opportunity to:
  •  understand concepts in colloid and surface science
  •  identify the applicability of chemical concepts in interdisciplinary contexts
  • critically appraise cutting edge characterisation techniques used in nanoscience
  • plan, implement and report on an open-ended collaborative experimental activity
  • develop practical skills in quantitative materials chemistry and nanotechnology necessary for advanced study in cognate disciplines
  • develop written and oral communication skills essential for careers in science.
Career relevance of this course:
In-depth knowledge of materials chemistry and nanotechnology is essential for the disciplines of environmental, health, and pharmaceutical science. Materials science commercial organisations and research agencies are established as major employers of chemistry graduates, while nanotechnology is rapidly gaining importance.
Chemistry in general, and materials science and nanotechnology in particular, impact on a large range of discipline areas. In order to develop advanced materials, scientists need to have a strong grasp of chemical fundamentals and how to apply these. In addition, they will need well developed and flexible quantitative skills as well as strong communication skills. The concepts covered in CHEM3013 will provide the knowledge applicable to advanced study, research and industry placements.
Program planning advice:
This course is compulsory for the Chemical Sciences dual major in the field of Materials and Nanotechnology in the Bachelor of Science and in the Nanotechnology major in the Bachelor of Biotechnology. It is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Chemical Sciences dual major in the field of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. CHEM3013 is also recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Chemistry major.
For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the
UQ Programs & Courses website.