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CHM3911 - Spectroscopy, synchrotron and structure

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Associate Professor Stuart Batten


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


Mastery of spectroscopy is essential for graduates in chemistry, materials, bio-science and earth sciences and especially for synchrotron users. Topics covered are: Synchrotron chemistry, Molecular spectroscopy, Crystallography and Computational Chemistry. Together, these complementary areas provide a strong foundation in molecular structure, which is central to the molecular sciences. Computational and spectroscopic techniques (including those related to synchrotron science) are described in terms of principles, instrumentation and applications.


On completion of this unit, students will have developed an understanding of key aspects of spectroscopy, the relationship of spectroscopy to synchrotron science and the advantages inherent in synchrotron sources. Developed a basic understanding of how a synchrotron works and its attributes in chemical analysis. Gained a broad overview of a range of spectroscopic methods, an understanding of how different spectroscopic instruments operate and how they couple to a synchrotron source. Further developed an understanding of molecular structure. Developed an understanding of molecular symmetry and its use in determining spectroscopic selection rules. Gained an understanding of the theory and applications of microwave, THz, IR, Raman and electronic spectroscopies. Gained familiarity with basic concepts of computational chemistry and become proficient in 'hands on' use of some related software. Gained an understanding of basic crystallography and related it to synchrotron techniques. Further developed skills in the use of modern instrumentation. Further developed skills in working in small groups and in the written and oral presentation of scientific data.


One 2-hour examination (35%) and one 50 minute test (10%)
Assignments and computer testing: 25%
Laboratory work and short laboratory reports and proforma reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week


12 points of level-one chemistry and normally CHM2911 and CHM2922 or equivalent. Students without these should consult the coordinator

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