Master’s studies

Syllabus for Photochemistry



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB753
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-04-28
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 90 credits in chemistry and physics, including at least 60 credits in chemistry. Spectroscopy, 10 credits, and Chemical Bonding and Computational Chemistry, 10 credits, or equivalent, are recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

  • describe and explain photochemical and photophysical processes and mechanisms with suitable theoretical models, and apply established experimental methods for the investigation of these processes
  • describe the interaction of excited states with their surroundings and analyse photoinduced electron transfer and excitation energy transfer with quantitative models
  • apply knowledge about photochemical and photophysical processes and the reactivity of excited states to explain applications in photochemical energy conversion and other selected issues.


Excited states,radiative and non-radiative deexcitation, potential energy surfaces, reaction dynamics, electron and energy transfer, pericyclic reactions.

Selected applications in e.g. solar cells, photocatalysis and artificial photosynthesis, natural photosynthesis and other biological photoprocesses, atmospheric chemistry.


Lectures, problem solving classes, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.


Written examination at the end of the course, 8 credits. The laboratory course corresponds to 2 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017