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CH2102 - Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Methods

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Offered in SP1, in odd numbered years only

Spectroscopic methods are widely used methods for the analysis and characterisation of materials. These lectures begin with the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and the corresponding spectroscopic techniques. The basic principles of absorption and emission of radiation will be presented with a summary of aspects of the physical chemistry behind these spectroscopic techniques and their instrumentation. When individual techniques are later discussed, the main focus will be the application of these methods in characterising molecules and reactions. The spectroscopic methods presented will include mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy (infrared and Raman spectroscopy), UV-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance. Topics will be presented with a historical background, highlighting the advances that have increased the applications for these techniques in modern chemistry. This course will conclude with a discussion on the application of instrumental methods to structure confirmation and structure determination for organic molecules.

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide students with an understanding of the theory behind modern chemical spectroscopy;
  • to develop the ability of students to use spectroscopic techniques for the structural characterisation of molecules;
  • to develop the practical skills of students required to collect and interpret spectroscopic information.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)
CH2002 CH3004 CH2022 CH2032 CH3022 CH3032 CH5202

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