Energy and Structure

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Energy and Structure

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed knowledge

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The themes of energy and structure are used to examine aspects of applied physical chemistry with a focus on the relationship between macroscopic properties and molecular-scale structure. Electrode dynamics, including the metal-solution interface and structure of the double layer, is examined, along with rates and mechanisms of charge transfer reactions, electrochemical techniques and corrosion. Key surface chemistry concepts are introduced, including the role of surface energy and adsorption of molecules at phase boundaries or interfaces. Surfactant self-assembly into soft materials including micelles, liquid crystals and microemulsions is examined, and the relationship between these structures and those formed by room temperature ionic liquids is explained.


    Learning outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Developed expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry;

    2. A greater understanding of the range of physical processes operating in chemistry;

    3. Developed a deeper understanding of the methods and theories of applied physical chemistry;

    4. An understanding of the role of the physical chemist in the interpretation of physical and chemical phenomena;

    5. An understanding of the concepts of electrode dynamics, surface chemistry, and soft matter;

    6. Laboratory experience with some methods employed in applied physical chemistry;

    7. Expanded skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments;

    8. An extended understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with hazardous substances.


    The course involves study of:


    • the electrically charged interface
    • charge transfer at the interface
    • multi-step charge transfer processes
    • mass transport control
    • experimental techniques
    • corrosion


    • surface energy
    • adsorption
    • the solid-gas interface
    • the solid-liquid interface
    • the liquid-gas interface


    • surfactants, micelles and adsorption
    • liquid crystals
    • emulsions and microemulsions
    • room temperature ionic liquids


    Contact hours
    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.