For advanced understanding of vibrational spectroscopy (Infrared and Raman), principles of spectroscopy are introduced first, based on the fundamental concepts of physical chemistry. Then the applications of vibrational spectroscopy to chemical products and processing, such as in the pharmaceutical industry, are discussed. Recent advances in instrumentation and measuring techniques are introduced.
Following completion of these lectures the students should be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of fundamentals and applications of current Infrared and Raman spectroscopic methods for materials and process characterisation. Students will also be familiar with the broad areas of applicability of spectroscopic methods. At the end of the course the students should also be able to apply the skills learned to various systems and the real-world products.
Vibrational spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR, ATR, TERS, polymers, pharmaceuticals, FTIR spectroscopic imaging, microfluidics
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Fundamentals of vibrational spectroscopy||To understand the advanced vibrational spectroscopy|
|Class 2||Introduction to infrared spectroscopy||To understand the advanced infrared spectroscopy|
|Class 3||Applications of infrared spectroscopy||To understand the advanced applications of infrared spectroscopy|
|Class 4||FTIR spectroscopic imaging||To understand the advanced FTIR spectroscopic imaging method|
|Class 5||Applications of spectroscopic imaging||To understand the advanced applications of spectroscopic imaging|
|Class 6||Introduction to Raman spectroscopy||To understand the advanced Raman spectroscopy|
|Class 7||Recent advances in spectroscopic imaging and other modern spectroscopic techniques||To understand the recent advances in spectroscopic imaging and other modern techniques|
Atkins’ Physical Chemistry; B. Stuart, Infrared Spectroscopy: Fundamentals and Applications
Copies of slides will be provided, the list of books and relevant articles will be provided too.
Written exam at the end of the course
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry is required, some knowledge or experience in materials or polymer sciences would be desirable but not essential.