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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Chemical Interrogation of the NanoBioworld
Module Code CS404
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Robert Forster
Semester 2: Robert Forster
Autumn: Robert Forster
Module TeachersRobert Forster
Tia Keyes
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The concepts of supramolecular chemistry particularly applied to interfacial self assembly are presented. This modules elucidates the formation, analytical characterisation and properties of electroactive and photoactive interfacial supramolecular assemblies built using polymeric and monomeric surface active components. It focusses on key analytical methods used to study interfacial assemblies and examples of their applications.

Learning Outcomes

1. to demonstrate detailed understanding of the common methods used to construct functional coatings at interfaces and to evaluate the analytical methods which will yield information on structure and behaviour or such films
2. Calculate surface coverage
3. demonstrate an understanding of polymer characteristics and formation of polymer films
4. evaluate electrochemical and photochemical/photophysical reactions of surface films and calculate driving forces for electron and energy transfer for interfacial films or suprmolecular structures

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Supramolecular and Interfacial Chemistry
Supramolecular Assembly, Interfacial Supramolecular Assembly, Top Down Bottom up approaches to Nanotechnology. Surface coverage. Polymer characteristics and formation of polymer films. Self-Assembly, Langmuir Blodgett Methods.

Photo and Electroactive Interfacial Films
Photochemical and Electrochemical Addressability. Dynamics, mechanisms and energetics of energy, electron and ion transfer within interfacial coatings and supramolecular assemblies, plasmonics.

Analytical Methods Applied to Interfacial Assemblies
Electrochemical Methods, Spectroscopic Methods; HREELS, RAIRS, Raman spectroscopy. Surface topological/Imaging methods; STM, AFM, SEM and NSOM.

Applications of Interfacial Films
Surface Wetting, molecular Switching, Catalytic surfaces using nanostructured interfaces, electroanalytical (bio)sensor development, photochemical switching, solar energy conversion, batteries and fuel cells.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Keyes, Forster & Vos: 0, Interfacial Supramolecular Assemblies, Robert J. Forster, Tia E. Keyes and Johannes G. VosSupramolecular Chemistry, Steed and AtwoodPrinciples of Physical Chemistry, Kuhn and Forsterling Supramolecular Electrochemistry, A. E. Kaifer and M. GomezKaiferSupr,
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Date of Last Revision17-JUN-08

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