16 Jan 2019

Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - Inorganic Photochemistry

Submitted by Catherine McCusker, East Tennessee State University
Specific Course Information
Course Area and Number: 
CHEM 4957/5957
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
Principles of Modern Photochemistry: an Introduction, Turro, Rammamurthy, Scaiano
Course Meetings and Time
Number of meetings per week: 
2 meetings / week
Time per meeting (minutes): 
90 min / meeting
Number of weeks: 
15 weeks
Lab Associated: 
Average Class Size: 
1 to 5
Typical Student Population: 
Offered to both undergraduates and master's students. Most students are master's students

The class is divided into two parts. In the first part students learn the physical principles involved with the absorption of light and the photophysical and photochemical processes that may occur aafter the abosrption of light. The second part uses literature discussions and student presentations to explore applications of photophysical and photochemical reactions in inorganic chemistry 

Learning Goals: 

The objectives are for students to:

  • Understand the theoretical principles controlling the rate and probability of light absorption and subsequent photophysical and photochemical reactions.
  • Become familiar with possible photophysical and photochemical processes and how they may be experimentally probed.
  • Explore the applications of photochemistry in modern inorganic chemistry.
  • Improve scientific presentation skills.
How the course is taught: 
Lecture and literature discussion
Grading Scheme: 
Final grades based on weighted percentages
Creative Commons License: 
Creative Commons Licence
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