Full course description
This course focuses on advanced aspects in physical chemistry and how it contributes in solving problems encountered in biology, (bio)chemistry and the environment. Thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, (macro)molecular structures, and spectroscopy are the four pillars of the course addressing a broad spectrum of topics related to the life and environmental sciences, including (i) bioenergetics, (ii) phase transitions, (iii) ion and electron transport, (iv) chemical reaction and enzyme kinetics, (v) (bio)macromolecules and self-assembly, and (vi) molecular spectroscopy. Case studies are embedded to create an understanding how to apply the general principles of physical chemistry to biological, (bio)chemical and environmental problems. Development of plausible models for physical or chemical mechanisms, including the numerical analytical methods to solve the models and testing against observations and experimental evidence, are essential throughout the course.
- To provide an understanding of basic concepts from chemistry and physics on a more advanced level.
- To apply the general principles of thermodynamics in understanding and description of (biological) processes.
- To predict the rate of reactions under various environmental conditions, for example occurring in living organisms.
- To predict and determine structure formation of (biological) macromolecules and their function.
- To get familiar with spectroscopic tools in analyzing biological systems at various length scales.
Either 1. SCI2032 Physics II and SCI1004 Introduction to Chemistry;
or, 2. SCI2017 Organic Chemistry and SCI2038 Physics (or SCI1030 Physics I) or SCI2018 Calculus;
or, 3. SCI2035 Biochemistry I and SCI2038 Physics (or SCI1030 Physics I) or SCI2018 Calculus.
Students with a sufficient high-school background in physics can request an exemption for Physics. Please contact the course coordinator.
- Atkins, P., De Paula, J. (2009) Physical Chemistry (9th ed.) Oxford University Press.