Molecular Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry provides the general framework for analyzing and understanding the behavior of matter at the molecular level. This specialization will teach you about the key experimental and theoretical approaches. You will acquire a solid foundation in physical chemistry which together with your general knowledge on chemistry will allow you to contribute to applications within all areas of chemistry including catalysis and drug development.  The focus is on the quantitative description of structure, dynamics, and function of molecules.

On the theoretical side you will learn about the key theories which connect the properties of individual molecules with observables in the laboratory.  To that end, you will have a chance to make use of the mathematics you have learned – and more.  The solution of problems within physical chemistry makes extensive use of computers – including large-scale scientific computing on the biggest computers around. On the experimental side you will get hands-on experience with key methods like spectroscopy and scattering.   This includes the new international large-scale facilities like the MAX IV synchrotron beamlines in Lund and the free-electron femtosecond X-ray laser E-XFEL in Hamburg.

This study line will especially appeal to students who wants to acquire strong general competences with a focus on theory, computer simulation, and data analysis.

Program Provisions

To complete the study line in Molecular Physical Chemistry, the students must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have passed General Competence Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points.

  • Have passed Technological Specialization Courses adding up to at least 30 ECTS points.

  • Have performed a Master Thesis of at least 30 ECTS within Physical Chemistry.

  • Have passed a sufficient number of Elective Courses to bring the total number of ECTS points of the entire study to 120 points.

The specialization courses cover experimental courses including spectroscopy (26130) and scattering techniques (47336) as well as courses focusing on theory and computation. A natural progression among the latter courses starts with Applied Computational Chemistry (26245) and Quantum Chemistry (26261). Followed by Molecular Electronic Structure Methods (26263, the advanced course in quantum chemistry), Advanced Physical Chemistry (26236, statistical mechanics and molecular reaction dynamics), and Computermodelling in Chemistry (26255, classical molecular dynamics simulations of structure and properties).

Study line responsible

Study line Molecular Physical Chemistry

General Competence Courses
Mandatory:

All students should take one of the following three courses. (the course content of the three courses are identical, but the course are places in different 3-week periods).

42501 Innovation in Engineering 5 point June
or
42504 Innovation in Engineering 5 point August
or
42500 Innovation in Engineering 5 point January

Students with advanced innovation competences may take one of the following courses as an alternative to 42500/42501/42504

42505 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams 5 point August
or
42503 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary teams 5 point June
or
42502 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary Teams 5 point January

In addition the 5 points achieved in the above courses, all students need to obtain 5 points in other innovation courses. The student can choose between the following courses.

Only 5 points from these courses count as general competences and extra point obtained will count as technological specialization,

26620 Chemistry and Innovation 5 point June
28310 Chemical and Biochemical Product Design 10 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17) and January
28485 Biobusiness and Process Innovation 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
38103 X-Tech Entrepreneurship 10 point Spring F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17), Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)

Choose at least 20 points among the following courses:

26231 Physical Chemistry 3 5 point Spring F5B (Wed 13-17)
26317 Instrumental chemical analysis 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
26422 Biomolecular Chemistry 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)
26433 Organic Chemistry 3 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
28212 Polymer Chemistry 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
28315 Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry 5 point E7 (Tues 18-22)
47339 Solid state and structural chemistry 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
or
26134 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry 3) 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)

Among the General Competence Courses, the following are mandatory for the study line.

26231 Physical Chemistry 3 5 point Spring F5B (Wed 13-17)
47339 Solid state and structural chemistry 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)

Technological Specialization Courses

Choose at least 30 points among the following courses:

26130 Spectroscopic methods 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
26236 Advanced Physical Chemistry 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
26245 Applied computational chemistry 5 point June
26255 Molecular dynamics and machine learning 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
26261 Quantum Chemistry 5 point Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
26263 Molecular electronic structure methods 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
26290 Chemistry at the Nanoscale 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
28315 Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry 5 point E7 (Tues 18-22)
47336 Applications of X-ray and neutron scattering in biology, chemistry and physics 5 point August

Elective Courses

Choose at least 5 points among the following courses. 

In general the courses below are proposal for the study line

02450 Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17), Autumn E4A (Tues 13-17)
10102 Quantum Mechanics 10 point Spring F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
10104 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 5 point Spring F1A (Mon 8-12)
10302 Electronic Structure Methods in Material Physics, Chemistry and Biology 10 point Spring F5 (Wed 8-17)
10304 Experimental Surface Physics 10 point Spring F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
10339 Concepts in heterogeneous catalysis and applications to energy conversion 5 point Autumn E3B (Fri 13-17)
28242 Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
28530 Transport Processes 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
28917 Statistical Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineering 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)

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Autumn start - proposed study plan

Recommended additional General Competence courses: 26422, 26433

Recommended additional Technological Specialization/Elective courses: 10104, 10302, 10339, 10304, 26263, 26290, 28530

General competences
Technological specialization
Thesis
Electives
1.Semester
26236
Advanced Physical Chemistry
5 point
26255
Molecular dynamics and machine learning
5 point
47339
Solid state and structural chemistry
5 point
28315
Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry
5 point
26261
Quantum Chemistry
5 point
26620
Chemistry and Innovation
5 point
2.Semester
26231
Physical Chemistry 3
5 point
47336
Applications of X-ray and neutron... Applications of X-ray and neutron scattering in biology, chemistry and physics
5 point
26317
Instrumental chemical analysis
5 point
28212
Polymer Chemistry
5 point
26245
Applied computational chemistry
5 point
Electives
Electives
Shared
3.Semester
26130
Spectroscopic methods
5 point
28242
Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis
5 point
42500
Innovation in Engineering
5 point
Electives
Electives
10 point
4.Semester
Thesis
Master's thesis
30 point

Spring start - proposed study plan

Recommended additional General Competence courses: 26422, 26433

Recommended additional Technological Specialization/Elective courses: 10304, 10339, 26130, 26255, 26265, 26290, 28242, 28530 

General competences
Technological specialization
Thesis
Electives
1.Semester
26231
Physical Chemistry 3
5 point
28212
Polymer Chemistry
5 point
26317
Instrumental chemical analysis
5 point
10104
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
5 point
26245
Applied computational chemistry
5 point
Electives
Electives
Shared
2.Semester
26236
Advanced Physical Chemistry
5 point
47339
Solid state and structural chemistry
5 point
26261
Quantum Chemistry
5 point
28315
Applied Colloid and Surface Chemistry
5 point
42500
Innovation in Engineering
5 point
3.Semester
10302
Electronic Structure Methods in Material Physics, Chemistry and Biology
10 point
47336
Applications of X-ray and neutron... Applications of X-ray and neutron scattering in biology, chemistry and physics
5 point
26263
Molecular electronic structure methods
5 point
26620
Chemistry and Innovation
5 point
Electives
Electives
5 point
4.Semester
Thesis
Master's thesis
30 point