Chemical Reaction Dynamics

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - Ångström

Entry requirements

120 credits including 90 credits Chemistry or Physics, Chemical Bonding and Computational Chemistry 10 credits, Statistical Thermodynamics 5 credits or equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the 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.

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.

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