00911 - Applied spectroscopy

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  • Teacher Filippo Tamassia

  • Credits 4

  • SSD CHIM/02

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Industrial Chemistry (cod. 8513)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 28, 2022 to May 04, 2022

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to acquire the scientific knowledge necessary to study and characterize spectroscopically molecules and materials with particular attention to the infrared field. Some modern techniques adopted in research and insustrial laboratories will be discussed. A number of applications of spectroscopy, such as the study of the atmosphere, caultural heritage, astrophysics and materials, will be described.

Course contents

Required scientific background.

Basic knowledge of differential and integral calculus for functions of one variable. Scalar and vectorial physical quantities. Rotational motion. Angular velocity. Angular acceleration. Simple harmonic motion. Harmonic oscillator. Rotational kinetic energy. Inertia moment. Basic electromagnetism. Interference between plane waves.


Part I (Theory, 18 hrs. ca)

Interaction radiation-matter. Molecular energy levels. Rotational spectroscopy. Vibrational spectroscopy. Electronic spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy.

Part II (Experimental techniques, 10 hrs ca.)

Experimental spectroscopic techniques. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Infrared spectroscopy of condensed phase samples.

Part III (8 hrs. ca.)

Applications of spectroscopy: solid state, cultural heritage, atmosphere, astrophysics.


John M. Brown. Molecular Spectroscopy. Oxford Chemistry Primers. Oxford University Press.

Peter F. Bernath. Spectra of atoms and molecules. Oxford University Press.

Lecture notes provided by the teacher on all subjects and available to the studenmts of the course on the university repository.

Teaching methods

All subjects are discussed in detail during the lectures. Students are invited to participate with questions and comments. Numerical exercices will be solved in order to clarify the theoretical concepts. Attending the course is highly recommended.

Assessment methods

The exam will be only oral and will last about 45 minutes. It will cover alla parts of the course.

Teaching tools

Blackboard, projector.

Office hours

See the website of Filippo Tamassia