We have a modern approach to teaching chemistry that will prepare you for when you begin your career.
Chemistry is usually taught as the separate subjects of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry (IOP). At Lancaster, you will learn the categories of Synthesis, Measurement and Analysis. This will provide you with a more accurate view of the subject as a whole. Your first year will cover a broad understanding of the central concepts of the course. Years 2-3 will give you the opportunity to specialise in the area of your choice.
- Synthesis involves the preparation of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds and biological molecules.
- Measurement covers the study of rates of reactions, thermodynamic feasibility and electrochemical properties. You will also learn quantitative and qualitative measurements.
- Analysis incorporates a wide range of spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques. We also include recent developments in microscale analysis using nanostructures and microfluidics.
For example, research into transition metal complexes covers all three areas. Researchers can synthesise organic ligands and react them with metals. They can then characterise them with spectroscopic techniques, and examine their photochemical behaviour.