Aims/Description: Through this module you will be introduced to state-of-the-art advanced optical experimental techniques, from the underlying physical principles to selected analytical applications. Accordingly, after reviewing how light interacts with matter, we will discuss the principles of lasers and their uses in photo-chemistry. We will then discuss a number of advanced optical experimental techniques. We will pay special attention to the insights these techniques provide in terms of the fundamental molecular properties and chemical reactivity. The overall objective is to shed light on modern-day photo-chemistry through its applications in environmental chemistry research, solar energy conversion and sustainability.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students in Department of Chemistry.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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