2023 Instrumental Anaylsis (Surface・X-ray・Electronics etc.)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Toyoda Sakae  Wada Hiroyuki  Imaoka Takane  Suzuki Kota  Sawada Tomohisa  Tsukahara Takehiko  Takao Koichiro 
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Course description and aims

This course provides basic principles of instrumental analysis commonly used in the field of applied chemistry, focusing mainly on separation, identification, quantification, and structural/functional analysis of inorganic substances.

By being exposed to the latest instrumental analysis methods, students will learn concepts that can be practically applied to research in the field of applied chemistry.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this lecture, students will understand instrumental analysis used in the field of applied chemistry, and will be able to select appropriate analytical methods and perform accurate measurements in their research. The course also aims to provide students with an understanding of the history of the development of each instrumental analysis method and to enable them to consider future developments and the analytical methods needed.


Separation and quantitative analysis, X-ray diffraction analysis, inorganic elemental analysis, thermal analysis, isotopic and mass spectroscopic analysis, spectroscopic analysis, surface analysis

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The basic principles and research methods of spectroscopic analysis, surface analysis, thermal analysis, separation and quantification analysis, and isotope-related analysis, which are fundamental to applied chemistry, will be covered. The history of development of each analytical method and state-of-the-art analytical methods will be introduced with examples. The course is designed to be useful for research activities by learning how to handle data obtained by each analytical method in the form of exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Separation and quantitative analysis To be able to explain the principles of chromatography, a versatile separation and quantitative analysis, and to be able to select the appropriate stationary phase, mobile phase, and detector according to the purpose.
Class 2 X-ray diffraction analysis To understand the principles of X-ray diffraction analysis and to be able to describe experimental and analytical methods for crystal structure analysis in single and polycrystalline materials.
Class 3 Inorganic elemental analysis To be able to explain the principles of inorganic elemental analysis such as atomic absorption, ICP-AES, XRF, etc., and to be able to select appropriate analytical methods and handle data correctly.
Class 4 Thermal anaysis To explain the principles of thermal anayses such as TG-DTA, DSC, and calorimetry and how to use them.
Class 5 Isotopic and mass spectroscopic analysis To be able to explain the principles and properties of isotopic and mass spectrometric methods such as ICP-MS, TIMS, and alpha/beta/gamma radiation spectrometers.
Class 6 Spectroscopic analysis Explain the principles of the various spectroscopic methods (XAFS, EDS, EELS, Raman, and FTIR) used to analyze the composition, structure, and properties of inorganic materials and catalysts, including the selection of the most appropriate method and the interpretation of the resulting data.
Class 7 Surface analysis To be able to explain surface analysis methods such as electron microscopy, manipulated probe microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and X-ray fluorescence 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.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by instructors.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems (50%) and final examination (50%)

Related courses

  • CAP.O303 : Instrumental Analysis (Advanced Organic Molecular Spectrum Analysis)
  • CAP.N306 : Computational Materials Chemistry
  • CAP.N303 : Coordication Catalytic Chemistry
  • CAP.N304 : Inorganic Solid Chemistry

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

No prerequisites.

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