10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1KB753

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry A1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 13 March 2008
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

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.

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.