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Senior Freshman Chemistry

Course Coordinator: Prof. Eoin M. Scanlan

SF chemistry modules are taken by students in:

  • Science
  • Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials
  • Chemistry with Molecular Modelling
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Human Genetics (CH2201 compulsory; CH2202 optional)



Senior Freshman Chemistry comprises two modules: CH2201 (10 ECTS) and CH2202 (10 ECTS) both of which consist of core Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry topics at an intermediate level. These modules further develop the material covered in the Junior Freshman year and will serve as a useful basis for further detailed study in the Sophister years.

Tuition consists of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The practical element of the modules includes the preparation and analysis of a variety of inorganic compounds, studies on synthetic organic chemistry, and set experiments/exercises in physical chemistry and molecular modelling that complement the lectures.

Students will also engage in a team-based activity, known as Broad Curriculum, that will involve research, preparation and delivery of a PowerPoint presentation on some aspect of everyday chemistry.

Students must have taken CH1101, CH1102 and either MA1S11/MA1S12, Mathematics for Scientists or MA1M01, Mathematical Methods during the Junior Freshman year.

Module CH2201

Number of Lectures (h)
Molecular Orbital Theory Prof. Sylvia Draper 6
Coordination Chemistry Prof. Sylvia Draper 9
Thermodynamics Prof. Valeria Nicolosi 8
Kinetics Prof. Mike Lyons 5
Introduction to Organic Chemistry Prof. Eoin Scanlan 14

Module CH2202

Number of Lectures (h)
Nuclear and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Yurii Gun'ko 7
Theoretical and Quantum Chemistry Prof. Dónall Mac Dónaill 9
Molecular Mechanics Prof. Mike Bridge 6
Inorganic Environment Prof. Peter Dunne 6
Organic Spectroscopy Prof. Isabel Rozas 5
Aromatics Prof. Joanna McGouran 9


The College Scholarship Examinations are taken largely by SF students and are held in the week before Semester 2 begins. The benefits of Scholarship are considerable: prestige, free rooms and Commons for up to five years.

Scholarship examination in Chemistry

Chemistry will be examined by two 2-h examinations, covering material from JF year and Semester 1 of SF year. Both papers will have four questions, one of which will be a general question. All four questions are compulsory and will have equal weighting.