BIP-33806 Molecular Structure and Optical Spectroscopy


Credits 6.00

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

BIP-10303, BIP-23806

Continuation courses:

Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (BNT-20303), Biophotonics and Photosynthesis (BIP-32306), Biophysical Imaging (BIP-32803)


The course deals with relations between quantum mechanics, chemical bonds, molecular structure and optical properties. Important aspects are molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, symmetry, perturbation theory, basics of quantum chemical calculations, molecular dynamics, (time-resolved/polarized) absorption and fluorescence. Links to recent research will be established. Tutorial's will complement lectures. Practical's will provide training in the use of spectroscopic equipment and interpretation of spectroscopic data.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand relation between electronic structure and spectroscopic properties;
- apply theory of chemical bonds for understanding/estimating molecular structures and bond stability;
- design and conduct experiments during practicals to determine spectroscopic properties of molecules;
- evaluate spectroscopic results using underlying molecular structure and dynamics.


Lectures, tutorials, work in groups, practicals, reporting.


The course will be concluded with a written exam. The required material for this exam consists of the course materials used. The exam has an open-book character. The lab experiments are evaluated on basis of: active participation, knowledge, execution of problems and experiments, experimental results, working out the exercises, written/oral presentation. The final mark is calculated as follows: 65% written exam and 35% exercises and practicals. The bottom mark for both parts is a 5. The final mark can be assessed only after completing all practical courses. Partial results remain valid for 5 years.


Atkins, P.; De Paula, J. Physical Chemistry. 10th ed. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199697403. Course syllabus and manual will be provided at the start of the course.