2022 Applied Vibrational Spectroscopy

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kazarian Sergei 
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Course description and aims

For 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.

Student learning outcomes

Following completion of these lectures the students should be able to demonstrate 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,

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

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

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of vibrational spectroscopy To understand the fundamentals of vibrational spectroscopy
Class 2 Introduction to infrared spectroscopy To understand the infrared spectroscopy
Class 3 Applications of infrared spectroscopy To understand the applications of infrared spectroscopy
Class 4 FTIR spectroscopic imaging To understand the FTIR spectroscopic imaging method
Class 5 Applications of spectroscopic imaging To understand the applications of spectroscopic imaging
Class 6 Introduction of Raman spectroscopy To understand the basics of 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 spectroscopic techniques


Atkins’ Physical Chemistry; B. Stuart, Infrared Spectroscopy: Fundamentals and Applications

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Copies of slides will be provided, the list of books and relevant articles will be provided too.

Assessment criteria and methods

Written exam at the end of the course

Related courses

  • MAT.C302 : Spectroscopy

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry is required, some knowledge or experience in materials or polymer sciences would be desirable but not essential.

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