2020 Advances and Applications in Physical Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Hara Masahiko  Tamaki Takanori 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] This course focuses on various spectroscopic methods which are important in practical chemical experiments from the viewpoint of physical chemistry. For students at the other undergraduate majors, the course covers the fundamentals of physical chemistry prior to introduction of the spectroscopic methods and provides opportunities to learn advanced science and technology as well as fundamentals in the fields of applied chemistry. Practical molecular spectroscopic methods are explained by applying knowledge of fundamental physical chemistry. "Physical chemistry" by P.W. Atkins is used as a textbook.
[Aim of the course] Knowledge of physical chemistry is important in organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. In addition, understanding theory and applications of various molecular spectroscopic methods enables students to smoothly analyze data obtained by highly advanced spectroscopy. Students will have the chance to conduct practical chemical experiments by applying knowledge acquired through this course. Topics include various surface analyses such as atomic force microscope (AFM).

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
(1) explain fundamentals and applications of AFM.
(2) explain fundamentals and applications of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
(3) explain fundamentals and applications of secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS).



Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, the previous lecture is reviewed (exercise problems). At the end of class, contents of the lecture is summarized. 'Required learning' is needed to be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Explain fundamentals and applications of AFM.
Class 2 Molecular interactions (Electric properties) Explain molecular interactions (electric properties) in Chapter 16 of the course textbook.
Class 3 Molecular interactions (Molecular interactions) Explain molecular interactions (molecular interactions) in Chapter 16 of the course textbook.
Class 4 SEM/TEM Explain fundamentals and applications of SEM/TEM.
Class 5 SIMS Explain fundamentals and applications of SIMS.
Class 6 X-ray diffraction (XRD) Explain fundamentals and applications of XRD.
Class 7 Surface analyses (summary) Explain the differences of each surface analysis.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Physical Chemistry, P. W. Atkins, 10th Eds., Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, ISBN-13: 978-4807909094 (in Japanese)

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Assessment criteria and methods

Report on knowledge of surface analyses (70%) and problem-solving exercises (30%) are assessed.

Related courses

  • CAP.A366 : Advances and Applications in Physical Chemistry I
  • CAP.B226 : Quantum Chemistry I (Basics)
  • CAP.B227 : Quantum Chemistry II (Advances)
  • CAP.B219 : Physical Chemistry (Kinetic Theory of Molecules)
  • CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium)
  • CAP.B218 : Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics)

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