3 x 50-minute lectures weekly
6 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
CHEM1102 - Modern Chemistry
Enrolment not permitted
CPES2009 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods is assumed.
Topic description
This topic introduces the various modes of separation used in Chemistry. Areas of study include sample preparation, solid-phase and liquid-liquid extraction, chromatography, electrophoresis and microfluidics. A considerable focus will be on the mechanisms of separation, analytical performance and utility of each technique along with instrumentation and sample requirements.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to introduce students to the various commonly used chemical separation methods. Specifically, this topic aims to give students:
  1. An understanding of the various separation mechanisms used by chemists
  2. An in-depth understanding of the thermodynamic and kinetic theory of separations
  3. The ability to explain the various modes of band broadening in chromatography and electrophoresis
  4. The ability to assess the quality of separations
  5. A comprehensive knowledge of the instrumental requirements of each separation technique
  6. Hands-on training in the use of a range of separation instruments to analyse and/or quantify a range of substances within a guided laboratory setting (including various sample extraction methods, GC, HPLC, ion chromatography and electrophoresis)
  7. Further training in the preparation of written reports
  8. An opportunity to work individually or as part of a team in order to investigate a range of analytical problems
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of various separation techniques available to chemists, including the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic theories and the ability to identify appropriate methods for the separation of substances from within different matrices
  2. Explain the various modes of band broadening and their impact on the quality of a separation
  3. Use mathematical methods to assess the performance of a separation
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the instrumental requirements of each technique
  5. Use the various separation techniques to analyse and characterise substances within a laboratory setting
  6. Prepare written reports
  7. Work individually or as part of a team in order to investigate a range of analytical problems