Syllabus for Chemical Reaction Dynamics

Kemisk reaktionsdynamik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1KB758
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry A1F, Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits including 90 credits Chemistry or Physics, Chemical Bonding and Computational Chemistry 10 credits, Statistical Thermodynamics 5 credits or equivalent.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After completion of the full course the student should be able to:

  • Explain and discuss common theoretical models describing molecular collision- and reaction dynamics as well as microscopic kinetics.
  • Describe common experimental methods and their limitations in studies, in studies of fast chemical processes and perform adequate analysis of experimental data.
  • Explain and discuss common models for collision controlled reactions in the gas phase and diffusion controlled reactions in the liquid phase, and solve theoretical and numerical problems using relevant theory.
  • Discuss the diffusion concept from a thermodynamic and statistical starting point and use relevant quantitative expressions to calculate diffusion constants.
  • Use statistical thermodynamics to explain the activated complex theory
  • Discuss and qualitatively analyse chemical dynamics from the potential energy context.
  • Explain electron- and proton transfer reactions vibrational energy transfer and relaxation and solve related theoretical and numerical problems on a basic level.


Unimolecular reaction dynamics, collision theory, RRKM,diffusion controlled reactions, activated complex theory, Boltzmann distribution, Potential energy surfaces, adiabatic and non-adiabatic reactions, Wave packets, ultra-fast processes, electron- and proton transfer, IVR, Landau-Zener crossings.


Lectures, problem solving classes, demonstrations and laboratory exercises.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 HE credits)The laboratory course corresponds to 1 HE credit.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.

Last modified: 2022-04-26