From Quantum to Molecule

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    From Quantum to Molecule

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Physics, Medical Physics, Thermodynamics, Calculus, Mathematical Methods

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The overall aim of this course is to introduce the students to the basic mathematical language required to describe atoms, electrons, and
    molecules by means of the quantum mechanical description of matter. On the one hand, the topics covered in the course are required to gain a better understanding of the physical basis of important chemical properties and physical reactions that appear frequently in a medical context. On the other hand, this formalism also allows us to translate quantum mechanical concepts into measurable quantities that can then be used for medical applications, such as positron therapy or magnetic nuclear resonance. In this course, we will therefore cover a number of topics which range from fundamental quantum mechanics to the corresponding applications in medical sciences.

    The contents of the course are the following:
    - It starts with a introduction to the quantum world, relevant for the description of small objects like atoms, molecules, and electrons. This
    involves presenting important concepts such as the wave-particle duality, the De Broglie relations, and the Heisenberg uncertainty
    principle of quantum mechanics.
    - We will then move to present the fundamental equation of motion of quantum theory, namely the Schroedinger equation, and apply it to a
    number of important systems such as the particle in a box, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom.
    - The course will then explore next how quantum theory allows describing the binding mechanisms between atoms that lead to the formation of molecules. In this context, we will study the valence bond theory, the molecular orbital theory, the concepts of hybridization in molecular interactions, hydrogen bridges, and then Huckel theory for the description of pi-bonds in polyatomic molecules.
    - In the last part of the course we will consider the phenomena associated to light-matter interactions in molecules, known as molecular
    spectroscopy. We study vibrational modes in molecules, and how we can characterise them, as well as the mechanism underlying phosphorescence and photoluminescence. We emphasise their medical applications, such as Photosensitive Therapy and Magnetic Nuclear Resonance.


    Partial (midterm) and Final Exam, as well as short assessments (mini-test)

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