Syllabus for Applied Molecular Physics

Tillämpad molekylfysik


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA559
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with 10 credits in quantum physics or physical chemistry
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for models, terminology and working methods used in applied molecular physics.
  • discuss the chemical structure, dynamics and electron structure for modern molecular materials.
  • demonstrate an understanding the use of molecular materials in different technical applications.


Basic atomic and molecular physics including molecular orbital theory and electronic structure for small to medium-sized molecules;
intermolecular forces and molecular interactions;
coupling molecular physics with statistical thermodynamics and electrochemistry;
selected spectroscopic methods for fundamental and applied molecular physics;
simulation methods for molecular systems;
structure and function of larger systems, e.g. biomolecules, clusters and nanomaterials;
functional molecular surface layers as used in e.g. batteries, solar cells and for artificial photosynthesis.

The course prepares for further studies within basic material physics.


Lectures or tutorial classes to discuss self-study material and exercises. Research seminars and laboratory visits to scientists active in material physics related research. Project work.


Active participation in class and at research visits (3 credits).  Hand-in exercises (3 credits). Written report and oral presentation of student project (4 credits). 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

Hand-out material and selected chapters from the recommended literature.

  • Atkins, P. W.; Friedman, R. S. Molecular quantum mechanics

    5th ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

    Find in the library

  • Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio Atkins' physical chemistry

    10 ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

    Find in the library