Course Catalog

Physical Chemistry (CHEM 401)

Offered By:  Engineering and Materials Science Faculty


  1. Fundamentals of Spectroscopy:
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy and Applications
  • Electronic Spectroscopy and Applications, Fluorescence and Phosphorescence (Luminescence)
  • Principles of Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Applications
  • NMR, EPR
  1. Electrical and Magnetical Properties of Molecules:
  • Dipole Moment, Polarizability, Refractory Index
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • Magnetic Properties of Molecules
  1. Chemical Equilibrium:
  • Repetition of basic Principles: Exergonic and endergonic reactions (G, H, S)
  • Catalysts
  • Survey of Chemical potential, electrochemical potential EMK
  • Reversible and irreversible processes
  1. Electrochemical/chemical Processes:
  • Electrolysis: (technical chlorine-alkaline electrolysis, solvay-process). Hall process, aluminum (energy consuming production method, recycling), Haber-Bosch process, phosphorus and environment, oxygen liquification, ozone, Frash-process, sulfuric acid.
  1. Kinetics of Chemical Reactions:
  • Rate Laws
  • Complex reactions
  • Introduction to Theory of activated Complex
  • Energy hypersurfaces


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