Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Spectroscopic methods

Overall Course Objectives

To provide an overview of spectroscopic methods used to follow inorganic reactions and to characterise inorganic materials

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and molecules
  • Explain in general terms the theoretical background for IR, Raman, Uv-vis and EPR spectroscopy
  • Have knowledge of other characterisation techniques used on inorganic materials and solid catalysts (NMR, ICP, TPX, XAS, XRD, Mass spectrometry, Mössbauer spectroscopy)
  • Suggest relevant experimental techniques to characterise specific materials and be able to describe the time scale, strengths and weaknesses of the methods
  • Use structural and electronic models for molecules, coordination compounds and solid materials
  • Explain the use of ex-situ, in-situ and operando spectroscopy on heterogeneous catalysts
  • Perform and report from physical chemistry experiments
  • Determine the symmetry of small molecules and use group theory to predict their spectroscopic properties

Course Content

Absorption, diffraction and resonance. Interaction between electromagnetic radiation and molecules and materials. Selection rules and intensities. Instrumentation. Overview of characterisation methods of solid materials. Literature studies and cases from main group chemistry, coordination chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, fuel cells, industrial chemistry.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, theoretical and experimental exercises

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5, Maximum: 24.

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

Course code 26130
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Thurs 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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