Structure and Spectroscopy

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structure and Spectroscopy

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM 114 or (A- or better in CHEM 113 and concurrent enrolment in CHEM 114)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course will be a skills-based approach to structural elucidation in chemistry and will introduce the principles of solid state chemistry, crystal structures, Bragg's Law, crystallography; the basic concepts of the common forms of chemical spectroscopy; IR, NMR, adsorption and emission spectroscopy.

    Course content

    • TOPIC 1: Introduction and Infrared spectroscopy
    • TOPIC 2: Nuclear magnetic resonance
    • TOPIC 3: Mass spectrometry
    • TOPIC 4: Integrated IR, 13C and 1H NMR spectroscopies, Mass Spectrometry
    • TOPIC 5: Electronic spectroscopy
    • TOPIC 6: X-ray diffraction

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Understand and be able to justify the use of the electromagnetic spectrum to determine chemical structure for each of UV-Vis, IR, Raman, Microwave, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction.
    • Understand and be able to explain how each of UV-Vis, IR, Raman, Microwave, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction is applied to obtain data.
    • Understand and be able to explain how mass spectrometry is applied to obtain data.
    • Use spectral data to determine chemical structure.
    • Apply the concepts in the laboratory (where appropriate).

Course Disclaimer

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