Advanced Physical Chemistry

Course content

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.


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

Learning outcome

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

A mix of lecturers, tutorials/group discussions, and student presentation of a topic or a specific journal article. Visits to companies that used some of the techniques.

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.

Basic competencies in mathematics, physical chemistry, quantum chemistry and spectroscopy are necessary

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 1 hrs
The 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
Criteria for exam assessment

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 course.
Explain the range of experimental techniques discussed in the course and the theoretical principles behind it.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 96
  • Preparation
  • 192
  • Theory exercises
  • 80
  • Practical exercises
  • 16
  • Excursions
  • 26
  • Exam
  • 2
  • English
  • 412