Advanced Physical Chemistry
Full course description
The course introduces students to chemical kinetics, the branch of physical chemistry that helps to understand the rates of chemical reactions and provide concrete evidence for the mechanisms of chemical reactions. It will first cover phenomenological kinetics of simple and complex reactions (e.g. parallel, consecutive, chain reactions, chemical oscillations), before moving on to collision theory and transition state theory (developed by Eyring, Evans and Polanyi). The course will end by presenting elements of photochemistry and some kinetic theories of catalysis.
Students are expected to:
- Calculate and interpret kinetics data (e. g. chemical reaction rates, rate constants).
- Use steady state approximation and predict mechanisms of chemical reactions.
- Apply transition state theory and collision theory.
- Understand photochemistry and Jablonski diagrams.
- MAT1007 Mathematical Tools for Scientists
- CHE2003 Physical Chemistry
- Atkins, Peter. Physical chemistry (any edition). Oxford University Press.
- McQuarrie, Donald A.; Simon, John D. Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (any edition). University Science Books.