NANS7007 BIO1/NANO3: Time-resolve Molecular Spectroscopy: Principle and Applications (JSS30) (2 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022


The course consists of two parts. The first part focuses on experimental spectroscopy, while the second part is aimed at providing the students a basic understanding of photochemical processes in complex environments.

Part 1, Optical spectroscopy: Methods and Instrumentation
Introduction to optical concepts and measurement principles used in optical spectroscopy
General principles of absorption and emission spectroscopy instruments
Time-resolved absorption spectroscopy, flash-photolysis and pump-probe methods
Time-resolved emission spectroscopy, time-correlated single photon counting, streak camera and up-conversion techniques
Comparison of methods and method applicability ranges
Analysis of spectroscopy time-resolved measurements

Part 2, Theoretical Photochemistry
Introduction to molecular quantum mechanics
Absorption and emission of radiation
Radiation-less transitions between electronic energy levels
Conical Intersection
Photochemical reactions
Excited state quantum chemistry
Validation of theoretical models

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the methods available in optical spectroscopy, method applicability range and limitations. Ability to select right spectroscopy tools to solve the problem in hands.
Understanding the requirements and optimum sample parameters for spectroscopy study.
Understanding of the sample properties which can be studied by spectroscopy techniques, and data analysis methods available.
Basic understanding of elementary photochemical processes.
Basic understanding of the connection between photochemical reactivity and evolution of spectroscopic signals.
Ability to map calculate photochemical reaction pathways with quantum chemistry software.

Description of prerequisites

Basic knowledge of material optical properties and light-matter interactions. Basic knowledge of Physical Chemistry.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Attendance at lectures (<80%), passed exercises, lab/computational work and poster presentation.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Evaluation criteria:
Attendance at lectures (<80%), passed exercises, lab/computational work and poster presentation.
Study methods:
Lectures, exercises, poster presentation
No published teaching