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CHEM105 Foundations of Chemistry

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Materials are used everywhere in our daily life. There is strong emphasis in the area of modern science and technology research, particularly on the development, chemistry and applications of materials. With a description of key introductory concepts of inorganic chemistry, this unit investigates the chemistry, properties and industrial applications of a spectrum of materials such as metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and composites. Principles of key analytical techniques used to characterise solid-state materials are discussed, particularly X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and physical property measurements. In completing this unit, students will develop the skills required for further innovation in material development.

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