Spectroscopic Analysis

This course discusses the important spectroscopic techniques for the identification and structural characterization of compounds with an emphasis on optical spectroscopy of  bio- and organic molecules.  The course starts with an introduction to photophysical principles,  fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy, and the basic properties of light. The fundamentals, practice and applications of electronic spectroscopy (UV/Vis absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence) and vibrational spectroscopy (infrared, Raman) are systematically treated. Special attention is devoted to alternative absorption tecniques,  the integration of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, and spectroscopic imaging techniques.

The preparation and presentation of an instructive lecture (in teams of 2 students) on a spectroscopic topic of societal, economic, educational and/or scientific relevance, is part of the course.

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COURSE FACTS

Study Credits

6 ECTS

TYPE

Compulsory course

CATEGORY

Fundamental

INSTITUTION

VU Amsterdam

CATALOGUE NO.

5254SPAN6Y

TIME PERIOD(S)

Semester 2, Period 5

COORDINATOR

prof. dr. Anouk Rijs

LANGUAGE

English

STAFF

prof. dr. Anouk Rijs

PRE-KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

Basic principles of molecular orbitals, energy levels and molecular vibrations. Basic experience with absorption spectrometry.

CONTACT

Education Desk FNWI
Science Park 904
B1
020 5257100

servicedesk-esc-science@uva.nl

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Understand interactions between light and molecules as studied and employed by optical spectroscopy
  • describe the main components and relative properties (source, detector, …) of routinely employed spectrometers for each technique
  • explain the operating principles, strengths and limitations of key analytical techniques and their application towards (bio)molecular analysis
  • discuss applications of analytical chemical techniques and choose the appropriate method for a given analytical problem.

Chemometrics & Statistics teaches you how to distill useful information generated by analytical methods.

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