Course Coordinator: 
Ye Zhang
Advanced Experimental Chemistry

Materials chemistry is emerging as an interdisciplinary field that involves knowledge from diverse science and engineering research fields. The recent public attention and enthusiasm on nanoscience and nanotechnology not only underscores the importance of interdisciplinary research, but also highlights the promises of materials chemistry. The development of modern chemistry allows chemists to precisely control the three-dimension arrangement of many atoms for developing novel materials. In this laboratory course, we will discuss the development and applications of five kinds of materials and synthesize them using classical chemical reactions through modern techniques. The course is a combination of basic theoretical study, and hands on experimental practice, following with further discussions on modern applications and self-designed possible applications as the after class challenge. The course is designed to be accessible to students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

The aim of the course is to teach students to be able to grasp the fundamental concepts of materials chemistry and gain intuition for developing novel materials for a variety of applications.
Course Content: 

Experiment 1: Temperature-sensitive Polymeric Hydrogel

Experiment 2: Magnetic Nanoparticles/Ferrofluids

Experiment 3: Lyotropic Liquid Crystals

Experiment 4: Gold Nanoparticles

Experiment 5: Supramolecular Nanofibers/Hydrogels

(Each experiment runs up to 10 hours over 2 weeks)

Course Type: 
Performance on experiments 40%, Experiment reports 30%, Presentation on designed application 30%
Text Book: 
Lab manual will be supplied.
Reference Book: 
Nanomaterials: An Introduction to Synthesis, Properties and Applications, 2nd Edition, Dieter Vollath
Soft Condensed Matter (Oxford Master Series in Condensed Matter Physics, Vol 6), Richard A. L. Jones
Polymer Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Paul C. Hiemenz and Timothy P. Lodge