3 x 60-minute lectures weekly
5 x 180-minute laboratories per semester
2 x 180-minute computer labs per semester
Enrolment not permitted
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Topic description

This topic deals with the basic theory, instrumentation and data analysis involved in atomic and molecular spectroscopies. It will cover the consequences of atomic and molecular structure in relation to spectroscopic techniques used to analyse them with an industrial focus. There will be particular emphasis on atomic absorption, UV-visible, Fluorescence, Infrared and Raman spectroscopies. Other topics will include Electron spectroscopies, namely X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF). Synchrotron spectroscopies will be briefly highlighted. The topic will include Laboratory work collecting relevant spectroscopic data for organic and inorganic compounds. The topic will also encompass modern and industrially relevant methods of data handling and statistical analysis and interpretation of laboratory obtained spectroscopic data.

Educational aims

This topic aims to give students to fundamental knowledge of spectroscopy in relation to atomic and molecular structure which will be central to their future studies in chemistry and/or biology. This topic also introduces students to the basic components used in spectroscopic instruments in the laboratory or industrial environment. Hands-on use of instrumentation will also be carried out in the laboratory as well as integrating results using these instruments with data analysis.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the theory and instrumentation of instrumental analysis methods related to atomic, optical and electron spectroscopies
  2. Have a basic understanding of the physical and chemical basis which gives rise to spectra
  3. Capable of making the right decision and choice of the suitable analytical method for the selected analytical problem
  4. Understand the advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each instrument
  5. Apply statistical and mathematic method of analysis to spectra in the form of calibration plots, fitting, concentration prediction, standardisation, validation and multivariant analysis, including deconvolution
  6. Research the chemical literature and evaluate information from that research
  7. Prepare and deliver a scientific presentation
  8. Work effectively as a team member with others from diverse backgrounds to accomplish common goals

Key dates and timetable

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