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This subject provides a series of specialised modules in different areas of chemistry. Students must choose two modules. A selection of the following 12-lecture modules will be available:
Advanced Structural Elucidation
This module will provide an understanding of the fundamental gas phase ion chemistry and underlying principles of operation of modern mass spectrometry instrumentation that underpins the structure determination of organic and biological molecules using MS. The combination of background theory and range of examples will enhance students' ability to acquire and analyse experimental data.
Structure Elucidation by Synchrotron Light and NMR Spectroscopy
This module will discuss the principles, instrumentation and applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and synchrotron radiation. The use of NMR for 3D structure determination of biomolecules and the use of the synchrotron, particularly in the X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum, will be described with examples drawn from chemical and biochemical systems, advanced materials and processes
Electronic Structure and Spectra
This module will explore the application of symmetry to the interpretation of various spectroscopic techniques (absorption, emission, vibronic structure, CD, MCD), in order to determine the structure of, for example, metal complexes.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to provide students with an increased knowledge and understanding of advanced chemical principles, with emphasis on:
Such knowledge will facilitate insights into the structure and properties of matter and the nature of chemical transformations.
- background spectroscopic theory
- the use of instrumentation
- analysis of experimental spectroscopic data
At the completion of this subject, students will gain skills in:
- advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
- an ability to evaluate the professional literature
- an understanding of the changing knowledge base
- a capacity to apply concepts developed in one area to a different context
- the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental observations.
Last updated: 3 November 2022