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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Computational Chemistry

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1 And Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Kurt Valentin Mikkelsen (3-70726e45686d6a7233707a336970)
  • Department of Chemistry
Course number: NKEA07016U

Course content

Theoy and application of molecular mechanics methods, statistical mechanics methods, statistical computational method, Ab Initio methods, Density Functional Theory methods, Hybrid Quantum / Classical methods, methods for simulation of molecular properties and spectra, methods for  simulation of thermodynamical properties, methods for simulation of chemical reactions, molecular dynamics methods for chemical problems within organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, spectroscopy. The lectures concern the theories behind the different methods and the practical application of them on chemical problems.The computer exercises help the student to apply modern computational chemistry software and complete the computational chemistry project that each student has to do in order to pass the course.

Learning outcome

The student will be able to derive, analyze, and utilize the following items:

  • Molecular mechanics methods,
  • ab initio methods,
  • density functional theory methods,
  • hybrid quantum-classical methods
  • simulating molecular properties and thermodynamical properties
  • molecular reactions dynamic

The student will be able to establish, evaluate and complete a theoretical investigation of a chemical problem using modern scientific computing software within chemistry.

The student will be able to evaluate a concrete computation chemistry problem and utilize the most efficient and suitable calculation method.

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MSc Programme in Chemistry

MSc Programme in Nanoscience


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Jan Halborg Jensen, Solvejg Jørgensen, Henrik G. Kjærgaard, Kurt V. Mikkelsen, Sten Rettrup, Stephan P. A. Sauer


2 blocks


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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, computer exercises and discussion sessions.


No admission restriction




The home page of the course provides the information about books and material.


Category Hours
Lectures 108
Practical exercises 80
Exam 0,5
Project work 111
Preparation 112,5
English 412,0


Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral defence, 30 min (without preparation)


All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

The report should be written in the form of a scientific article. It should contain: abstract, keywords, introduction, theory + method, computational results and discussion ending with a conclusion. There has to be figures, tables and references.
It should contain Motivation for your work, a short description of related work, goal and relevance of your work, Argumentation for why you have chosen the given method.
Details of the calculations (used programs, basis set, geometries, etc), in short all the
information needed to reproduce your calculations. Presentation of your results (use figures, pictures if necessary tables) and iscussion of the results, such as what did you learn from your results?

Censorship form

External censorship


same as ordinary exam.  Any deficiencies in the report must be corrected and a new oral exam is held

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