Advanced Photochemistry

Course content

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. 


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

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.

Lectures, student presentations, discussions, and preparation individually and/or in groups.

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.

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.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcomes

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 18
  • Class Instruction
  • 18
  • Preparation
  • 90
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Exam
  • 40
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No admission restriction
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • Department of Chemistry
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Bo Wegge Laursen   (3-72877c507378757d3e7b853e747b)

Tom Vosch
Bo Wegge Laursen

Saved on the 01-03-2021

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