Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Physical Chemistry 3

Overall Course Objectives

To give an introduction to the theory of mass- and charge transport, kinetic theory of gases, and reaction dynamics. Furthermore, to give an introduction to the theory of energy states associated with the translational-, rotational- and vibrational motions of molecules, including nuclear- and electron spin, as a foundation for different spectroscopic techniques and statistical thermodynamics.

Learning Objectives

  • Define transport coefficients to be used in the description of non-equilibrium phenomena in thermodynamic systems and apply them in calculations.
  • Explain the kinetic model of ideal gasses.
  • Apply the kinetic model to calculate transport coefficients for ideal gasses.
  • Apply chemical kinetics to perform calculations of the rate of simple and complex chemical reactions.
  • Explain the quantum mechanical background for the existence of spectra with well defined spectral lines.
  • Describe the interaction between electromagnetic fields and molecules.
  • Determine the structure and properties of molecules from spectroscopy.
  • Explain the background for MW, IR, UV, and NMR spectroscopy.

Course Content

Mass and charge transport, diffusion and electrolytic conductivity. The kinetic model of gases. Topics in reaction kinetics, including adsorption and heterogeneous catalysis. Introduction to the atomic-level description of chemical reactions. Interaction between electromagnetic radiation and molecules, quantization of molecular energy, the Schrödinger equation, spectroscopy with microwave (MW), infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic (NMR)- and electron spin (ESR) resonans spectroscopy.

Recommended prerequisites

01005/26222/01906/28012/28322, Physical chemistry and mandatory mathematics.

Teaching Method

Lectures, problem sessions, homework assignments


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 26231
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 13-17

7.500,00 DKK