Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Instrumental chemical analysis

Overall Course Objectives

The students obtain fundamental competences in chemical and biochemical analysis and the apparatus that is used for the analyses, furthermore gives insight into sample preparation. The course supply competences in technology of analysis, instrumental analysis, quality assurance, applied technology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles of operation of the instruments, HPLC, GC, MS, AAS and ICP
  • Describe the principle components of MS instruments
  • From a list of molecules decide which instruments are well suited for identification and analysis of these molecules
  • Identify the type of samples that may be applied to specific instruments
  • List the advantages and drawbacks of the analytical protocols (LC, GC, MS and biosensors)
  • Propose a method of sample preparation that is required for the analytical method
  • Describe the basic principles of separation on columns of high performance liquid chromatograph
  • Describe the basic principles of separation by Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) and how different detector combinations and calibrations can be applied for polymer analysis.
  • Give basic insigt in quality assurance and statistical tests

Course Content

Virtually everybody in chemistry and biochemistry is working with various analytical methods that are applied to production, quality control and research. Many important decisions in the society are executed on the basis of results of chemical analysis. Examples comprise additives to food products, drinking water, waste water, quality of pharmaceuticals, nutrients and forensics. Process control constitute another areas of research, where chemical analysis and biochemical analysis are important.
A wide variety of technologies are treated at the course, such as sample preparation, spectrometric technologies and automatic technologies. A introduction is given to chromatography comprising gas chromatography (GC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The separation technologies are hyphenated with detectors, such as mass spectrometers, photo multipliers (diode array), electrodes and light scattering. Measurements by other spectrometric methods and analysis by biosensors also has widespread application.
Inorganic chemistry:
The subjects include ISE, coulometry, stripping analysis, optical methods, turbidimetry, ICP-AES and ICP-MS. Automatic methods.
Organic chemistry: Methods for the separation and characterization of organic molecules including characterization of polymers

Recommended prerequisites

26300/26301/26428/27022, The basic course of chemistry or biotechnology must be passed.

Teaching Method

The course is primarily lectures and group work on the subjects from lectures. The examination is oral.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 50.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Chemical Engineering
Course code 26317
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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