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Instrumental methods of analysis provide scientists with different lenses to observe and elucidate fundamental chemical phenomena and to measure parameters and properties at the atomic, molecular, and bulk scales. This course introduces a framework for learning about a variety of instrumental techniques that typically include chromatography, mass spectrometry, thermal methods, atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and optical and electron microscopies. Lectures will cover the theory and uses of these techniques. By exploring the primary literature and review articles we will discuss recent advances in instrumental methods that address today’s analytical questions. The theoretical knowledge will be complemented by hands-on use of our research instruments to study molecules and materials of interest. The skills learned are useful in a wide variety of scientific areas and will prepare you well for research endeavors.
Format: lecture/laboratory; hybrid: classroom/online activities (2 x 75 min); 4 h per week of laboratory (M or W; segmented into discussion and experimental periods with 30-min break)
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
class participation, two mid-term exams, problem sets, oral presentations and discussions of selected topics, an independent project and performance in the laboratories including lab reports
CHEM 155 or 256 and 251/255; may be taken concurrently with CHEM 256 with permission of instructor
Chemistry and Environmental Studies majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIMO Interdepartmental Electives
ENVI Natural World Electives
EVST Methods Courses