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CHIM0637-1  Chemistry of materials
- Inorganic materials
- Organic and biological materials

Duration :  Inorganic materials : 20h Th
Organic and biological materials : 20h Th
Number of credits :  
Master in Chemical Sciences, in-depth approach, 1st year4
Master in Chemical Sciences, didactic approach, 1st year4
Master in Chemical Sciences, specialized approach, 1st year4
Master in Chemical Sciences4
Lecturer :  Inorganic materials : Bénédicte Vertruyen
Organic and biological materials : Anne-Sophie Duwez
Coordinator :  Anne-Sophie Duwez
Language(s) of instruction :  
English language
Organisation and examination :  
All year long
Course contents :  
Inorganic materials

- shaping techniques (for bulk and coatings)
- mechanical behaviour
- major inorganic materials: glass, cement, steel

Organic and biological materials

Part time: Oganic + Biological

The course will deal with synthesis, properties, and applications of several classes of organic/biological advanced materials. The recent developments in chemistry have enabled the synthesis of materials presenting more and more complex architectures, trying to compete with the complexity and sophistication of natural materials. The course will describe several strategies and principles used by nature to create complex hierarchical structures, highly organized, capable of fulfilling specific functions. It will show how chemists use those principles to synthesise functional organic or bio-hybrid materials.

Learning outcomes of the course :  
Organic and biological materials

Learning independence. Search for information. Acquisition of questioning mind. Time management. Development of analytical ability (essential information vs details). Preparation of an oral presentation. Development of deductive skills. 
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Inorganic materials

basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry and crystallography

Organic and biological materials

Basis in organic and physical chemistry

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Inorganic materials

Depending on the topic:
- traditional lectures
- required reading + discussion
Visit(s) to academic or industrial labs will be organized to illustrate the course material.

Organic and biological materials

Series of introductory lectures and personal works based on scientific publications.Problem-based learning

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Inorganic materials


Organic and biological materials

self-initiated work

Recommended or required readings :  
Inorganic materials

copy of slides + literature papers, book chapters,...

Organic and biological materials

Made available to the students

Assessment methods and criteria :  
Inorganic materials

-written exam (exercises and short questions of theory)
- oral exam (selected chapters of theory)

Organic and biological materials

Students' presentations

Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Inorganic materials

The lectures are organised on Tuesday afternoons during the first quadrimester.
Contacts :  
Inorganic materials

Benedicte VERTRUYEN, assistant professor
Structural Inorganic Chemistry,
Chemistry Institute B6a (1st floor)

Contact : preferably by e-mail (
by phone (04/366.34.52)

Organic and biological materials

Professor A.-S. Duwez Institut de Chimie, Bât. B6a - 4000 Liège 1 (Sart-Tilman) Tel. : 04/3663482 - e-mail :

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Inorganic materials

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Organic and biological materials

Organic and biological materials


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