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KOK032 - Applied organic molecular spectroscopy  
Tillämpad molekylspektroskopi
Syllabus adopted 2020-05-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

The course round is cancelled. For further questions, please contact the director of studies MPMCN: MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, contact information can be found here

Teaching language: English
Application code: 30129
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B
Minimum participants: 8
Maximum participants: 50

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c    
0207 Laboratory 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

General chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry or equivalent.


The overall aim of the course is to provide an understanding on how spectroscopic experiments can lead to the confirmation of known molecules and elucidation of shape and structure of unknown compounds of high complexity with a high degree of certainly.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Describe the underlying processes in molecules that give rise to measurable signals.
  • Use and describe how the spectroscopic techniques, NMR, IR and MS work. Describe different NMR-techniques.
  • Describe different ionization techniques and separations method of ions in mass spectroscopy.
  • Explain how frequencies relate to molecular structures and vice versa.
  • Apply your knowledge in structure elucidation of unknown samples.
  • Document and present structure data for known and unknown compounds.
  • Select and describe experimental methods, to explain how structural information can be obtained.


The course will cover spectroscopic techniches such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass spectrometry and IR Spectroscopy. The theory behind the techniques, their applications and structure elucidation will be covered in the course.


The course material will be presented at lectures and will be available at the homepage of the course.

Examination including compulsory elements

There will be one written exam, including problem sets and structure determination from spectra. There will also be a written report, subject "spectroscopy in material characterization". Your grade in the course will be determined by your performance on exam and the written report.

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