NKEK10004U Advanced Physical Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject
This course will describe aspects of both experimental and theoretical advanced physical chemical methods. It will include both gas phase, condensed phase and solid phase. The focus will be on used of a broad range of spectroscopies to gain information of the underlying physical chemistry. Rotations, vibrations and electronic transitions in molecules will be discussed. Theory of molecular vibration within the local mode model and experimental techniques used to observe the weak overtone transitions associated with the highly vibrational excited molecules will be explained. Single molecule fluorescence, Raman and X-ray spectroscopy will be studied. The main aim is that student will be able to critically read literature in the areas covered.
Theory of rotational, vibrational and electronic transitions.
The different experimental techniques used in gas, liquid and solid phase spectroscopy. Some typical acronymn: IR, Raman, CRDS, PAS, SERS, FRET, XPS, EXAFS, will be understood.
Experimental experience with IR, Raman and flouresense measurements.
Describe different techniques, instruments and the theory behind them.
Use of basic spectroscopic instruments.
Be able to critically read papers in current international physical chemistry journals.
Assess the usefulness of different spectroscopic techniques to solve different research questions.
Apply the theroretical knowledge and analytical skills
Sections from the following Text books:
Physical Chemistry by P. Atkins and J. de Paula, Ninth Edition, OUP, 2010.
Molecular Spectroscopy by Ira N Levine, Wiley and Sons, 1975.
Quantum Chemistry by Ira N Levine, Prentice Hall, 1991.
Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy 3rd Edition (J.R. Lakowicz)
In addition journal articles (about 30) and lectures notes will be handed out.
Details will apear on absalon.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 1 hrsThe student will be given a paper and a question and allowed 30 min preperation time before the oral exam. During the exam the student should present the paper and discuss the question. The paper is one of the papers that have been discussed during the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examiners
Same as ordinary exam
Criteria for exam assesment
Clearly and concisely present a topical journal article, with
emphasis on extracting the key information and discussing this
in context of the theory and experiments covered in the
Explain the range of experimental techniques discussed in the course and the theoretical principles behind it.