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CH40227: Advanced spectroscopic techniques

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 3 [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 60
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take CH20151 OR take CH20152
In taking this module you cannot take CH30227
Learning Outcomes: After this unit students will be able to:
* Describe a range of current spectroscopic techniques and understand experimental data derived from spectroscopic experiments
* Propose suitable methodologies for undertaking spectroscopic experiments
* Compare techniques and bring together results from different experiments.
* Solve problems using the methods introduced including the application of techniques to unseen situations
* Critically review literature examples of experiments utilizing advanced spectroscopic techniques
* Critically analyse scientific data to suggest improved experimental design.

* To show a range of advanced spectroscopy techniques used in a wide range of current research and develop understanding of the use and application of such equipment.
* To develop fundamental ideas in spectroscopic experimental design.

Skills: Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F).

* Raman spectroscopy and derivatives including surface enhancement and resonance;
* Fluorescence spectroscopies including excitation, FRET, anisotropy and lifetime measurements;
* Ultrafast spectroscopic techniques;
* Transient spectroscopies, measurement of excited states;
* Dichroism spectroscopies relevance to biological molecules.

Programme availability:

CH40227 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)


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