NKEK13018U Advanced Photochemistry

Volume 2021/2022

MSc Programme in Chemistry with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Nanoscience


The course focus on photophysical properties of molecular systems, in particular related to UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence. Special emphasis is on: energy and electron transfer, polarization, and solvent effects, single molecule spectroscopy and super resolution imaging, time resolved fluorescence and transient absorption. 

Learning Outcome

After having passed the course, the student should be able to:



  Concepts of  the interaction of light with molecules

  Concepts of  photo physical manifestations of the local molecular environment

  Concepts of  for the kinetics involved in deactivation of electronically excited states of molecules

  Concepts of  the basics of photo induced electron transfer

  Concepts of  steady-state and time-resolved anisotropy of fluorescence emission

  Concepts of  the principles of steady-state and time-resolved experimental techniques

  Concepts of   resonance energy transfer and its applications

  Concepts of  application of fluorescence techniques in sensors

  Concepts of  single molecule fluorescence techniques

  Concepts of  super resolution fluorescence imaging



- Apply the above mentioned knowledge for understanding and calculating photophysical properties of molecular systems.


- Read contemporary research papers on photophysics, understand them, present them and write an self consistent essay on it.

Joseph R. Lakowicz: "Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy", 3rd edition. Lecture notes. Selected research articles.

Basic photophysic, basic physical chemistry.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures, student presentations, discussions, and preparation individually and/or in groups.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Class Instruction
  • 18
  • Preparation
  • 90
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Exam
  • 40
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 25 min (no preparation time)
Oral exam: based on the written essay and the general curriculum of the course.
Exam registration requirements

Written assignment: 5 page essay on specific topic based on curriculum and research papers. To be submitted in 5 days after assignment.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiner

Same as ordinary exam. A new 5 page essay on specific topic based on curriculum and research papers will be assigned, to be submitted in 5 days after assignment.

Criteria for exam assesment

see learning outcomes