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), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-10-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    One of the following is required: (1) 120 credits with 90 credits in chemistry and physics, including at least 60 credits in chemistry. Participation in Spectroscopy, 10 credits. Chemical Bonding and Computational Chemistry, 10 credits, are recommended; (2) 120 credits with 75 credits in physics or chemistry, as well as participation in 30 credits of courses in materials science. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

On completion of 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.

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: Autumn 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Balzani, Vincenzo; Ceroni, Paola; Juris, Alberto Photochemistry and photophysics : Concepts, Research, Applications

    Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2014

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26