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Senior Fresh Chemistry

This information is valid only for current students who entered Trinity College Dublin in 2017 or earlier. Please note that students who repeat years in the future may have to follow restructured programmes following changes introduced as part of the 'Trinity Education Project'.

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 (CHU22201 compulsory; CHU22202 optional)



Senior Fresh Chemistry comprises two modules: CHU22201 (10 ECTS) and CHU22202 (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 Fresh year.

Module CHU22201

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 CHU22202

Number of Lectures (h)
Nuclear and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry Prof. Yurii Gun'ko 7
Theoretical and Quantum Chemistry Prof. Dónall Mac Dónaill 9
Molecular Modelling Prof. Mike Bridge 6
Inorganic Chemistry of the 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.