This literature discussion activity is designed to highlight the use of different instrumentation and what details can be gained from each instrument. It should also help the students review their knowledge of crystal structure, types of crystals, and amorphous solids. The paper is from Chemistry of Materials, 2013, 25, 2394-2403 (DOI: 10.1021/cm303490y). The paper should be given one week prior to class discussion, ideally after covering some of the instrumentation in class including X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).
Students should be able to:
- apply their knowledge of crystal structure, types of crystals, and amorphous solids to scientific literature.
- elucidate the hypothesis of a paper.
- gain a greater understanding of the instrumentation used to determine the structural details of nanoparticles.
Currently I am scheduled to teach inorganic chemistry every other year and have not yet taught the course. I plan to use several literature papers throughout the course to introduce students to the current literature and relate the concepts to the course material we cover.