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Making the transition to university chemistry

Michael Clugston, Malcolm Stewart, and Fabrice Birembaut

30 August 2021

ISBN: 9780198757153

264 pages

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Price: £24.99

The perfect companion as students take the significant step from school to university, setting them up to be confident and successful in their chemistry studies.


The perfect companion as students take the significant step from school to university, setting them up to be confident and successful in their chemistry studies.

  • Written specifically to support the transition from the school to university-level study of chemistry
  • Its three-tiered approach reminds students of the familiar ideas from pre-university studies that are central to university-level study; provides a fuller grounding in those ideas than they might have previously received; and gives a taste of the deeper exploration of topics that awaits.
  • Hints and tips throughout flag common misconceptions, helping to set students on the path to a fuller understanding.
  • Extensive full colour illustrations augment the written explanations, making it the ideal guide for students as they take this important step forward in their academic life.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Michael Clugston, formerly Tonbridge School, Malcolm Stewart, University of Oxford, and Fabrice Birembaut, Caen, France

Michael Clugston studied at Wadham College, Oxford, where he was the Major Scholar in Chemistry in 1969. He won a Gibbs Prize in 1972 and a Thesis Prize in 1973. He stayed on for two years to research for a D.Phil. in theoretical chemistry with Peter Atkins, holding a Wadham Senior Scholarship. After a year as a Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow, working with Roy Gordon, he returned to the UK to hold an SRC Fellowship at Cambridge, as well as a Research Fellowship at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. In 1978 he became a full-time schoolmaster at Tonbridge School, where he remained for 40 years until his retirement. From 2009 to 2019 he was seconded to the University of Oxford Chemistry Department for a week each year to teach the Bridging Course. Michael has written for the A-level market: Principles of Physical Chemistry, Chemistry: Principles and Applications (both with Peter Atkins), and Advanced Chemistry (2000, OUP).

Malcolm Stewart obtained a degree in medicinal chemistry and a PhD in carbohydrate chemistry from the University of Dundee. He then spent time at St Andrews (UK), Little Rock (USA) and back to Newcastle (UK) as a postdoctoral researcher before arriving in Oxford where he has been employed since 2001. Originally the Teaching Coordinator for organic chemistry, he became the director of the chemistry teaching labs in early 2018. Aside from his current post involving the management of the whole practical chemistry course at Oxford, he spends much time outside of term heavily involved in the department's outreach programme. Malcolm is also a college lecturer for St Hugh's College, Oxford, a fellow of the higher education academy (2008), was awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma from Oxford in 2004, and was one of the recipients of the inaugural Oxford Vice-Chancellor of Education awards (2020) in recognition for his team's innovative work in developing methods for teaching practical chemistry.

Fabrice Birembaut completed his undergraduate studies at the Université de Lille 1 before moving to Southampton for his PhD in vibrational spectroscopy. He was then involved in multidisciplinary research on the interaction between biological agents. From 2003 to 2005 he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Reading and received the best new lecturer award. In 2008 he became a Teaching Fellow in physical chemistry and outreach officer at the University of Birmingham and completed the first part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. From 2011 he ran the physical chemistry teaching lab at Oxford and was heavily involved in the department's outreach programme, also lecturing at Jesus College, Oxford. He then moved to the University of Maastricht in 2016, as head of the physical chemistry curriculum. Fabrice moved back to France in 2019 where he is director of projects and international development for a private Higher Education school in Normandy.

Table of Contents

    1:Atomic structure
    2:Bonding and molecular shape
    4:States of matter
    6:Chemical equilibrium
    7:Acid-base equilibrium
    8:Redox reactions
    9:Spontaneous change, entropy, and Gibbs energy
    11:Trends across the periodic table
    12:Group 2
    13:The halogens
    14:Transition metals 1
    15:Transition metals 2
    16:Introduction to organic chemistry
    17:Hydrocarbons: alkanes
    18:Hydrocarbons: alkenes
    19:Hydrocarbons: arenes
    22:Aldehydes and ketones
    23:Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
    24:Amines and amino acids
    26:Instrumental analysis


"An excellent text for bridging the gap between A level and university chemistry. If students could start their university courses having read this book the student experience would be many times better." - Dr Ben Ward, Cardiff University