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26130 Spectroscopic methods

Danish title:

Spektroskopiske metoder


Point( ECTS )


Course type:

Taught under single-course student
Technological specialization course, MSc. Eng., Advanced and Applied Chemistry


E2B (Thurs 8-12)


Campus Lyngby

Duration of Course:

13 weeks

Date of examination:


Type of assessment:

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Recommended prerequisites:

Participants restrictions:

Minimum 5 Maximum: 20

General course objectives:

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

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • A student who has fulfilled all the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • 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, EELS, 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
  • Plan, perform and report from physical chemistry experiments
  • Determine the symmetry of small molecules and use group theory to predict their spectroscopic properties


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


Susanne Mossin , Building 206, Ph. (+45) 4525 2391 , slmo@kemi.dtu.dk
René Wugt Larsen , Building 206, Ph. (+45) 4525 2027 , rewl@kemi.dtu.dk


26 Department of Chemistry

Department involved:

47 DTU Energy Conversion

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Last updated: 28. april, 2015