Syllabus for Photochemistry


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB753
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2008
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits including 90 credits Chemistry or equivalent. The courses 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

  • explain theory and practice of common photochemical and photophysical methods, and be able to execute these experimentally
  • describe the interaction of excited states with their surroundings, and apply theoretical methods for treating excited states
  • explain and discuss theories for photoinduced electron transfer and excitation energy transfer, and apply these methods in quantitative calculations
  • explain the mechanisms of common photochemical transformations, analyse them theoretically, and describe the significance of conical intersections in photochemical reactions
  • describe the structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centra, and apply theoretical analyses to explain the function of antenna systems
  • describe photoinduced processes in semiconductors, and explain how these can be used for photophysical energy conversion
  • explain photocatalytic systems using a theoretical framework, and describe typical photocatalytical reactions
  • explain theory and application of photocatalysis and explain the environmental impact of atmospheric photochemistry


Absorption, excited states, fluorescence, phosphorescence, vibronic coupling, relaxation phenomena, solvent effects.

Electron and energy transfer, isomerisation and dissociation reactions. The Paterno-Büchi reaction, Norrish type I and II reactions, conical intersections.

The solar spectrum, antennas, reaction centres, photoprocesses in organic, inorganic, and sensitized solar cells. Excitons, polarons, solitons, semiconductor junctions, photocurrent and photovoltage.

Photocatalysis, photodamage, DNA, photodynamic therapy.

Atmospheric chemistry, reaction dynamics, metal complexes, higher spin states, applied photochemistry.


Lectures, problem solving classes, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.


Written or/and oral examination (8 credits) at the end of the course. The laboratory course corresponds to 2 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2010

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Turro, Nicholas J.; Ramamurthy, V.; Scaiano, J. C. Principles of molecular photochemistry : an introduction

    Sausalito, Calif.: University science, 2008

    Find in the library