CH4AN1-Advanced Analytical Techniques for the Molecular Sciences

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CH3AN2 Advanced Analytical Techniques for Inorganic Structure Determination or CH3DL Placement Distance Learning
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 Chemistry
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Rainer Cramer


Summary module description:
Study of modern analytical chemistry techniques relevant to the molecular sciences.

To give students familiarity in theory and applications of advanced analytical techniques.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should develop an understanding for the analytical techniques covered in the module. They should appreciate how such techniques can be used independently and in conjunction with other techniques to elucidate molecular structure and identity. Students should be able to solve problems in analytical chemistry based upon application of the techniques.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience in problems solving, numeracy and report writing.

Outline content:
G D Brown (8 lectures (4x2hours) + 1 workshop) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Revision of basic principles, vector model and rotating frame analysis, pulsed-Fourier transform NMR, carbon NMR (coupling constants, broadband decoupling), 2D-NMR, including J-resolved spectra and homo- and heteronuclear correlation.

R K Cramer (4 lectures (2x2hours)) Electrophoretic Methods of Analysis
Electrophoresis and related topics. Survey of the range of electrophoretic techniques available for the separation, purification and analysis of polymers, macromolecules and biomolecules such as proteins and DNA with an introduction to biomacromolecules.

R K Cramer (6 lectures (3x2hours) + 1 workshop/practical (2 hours)) Advanced Mass Spectrometry
Revision of basic principles and instrumentation, fragmentation in mass spectrometry and spectral interpretation, quantitative analysis, hyphenation of other analytical and preparative techniques with mass spectrometry (incl. interfacing chromatographic instrumentation with a mass spectrometer), introduction to modern biological/biochemical mass spectrometry.

F Hartl (6 lectures (3x2hours) + 1 workshop) Advanced Electrochemical Methods of Analysis
Application of ultramicroelectrodes; chronoamperometry, rotating disk and ring-disk electrodes, stripping and differential pulse voltammetry; spectroelectrochemistry in thin-layer cells.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
24 hours lectures plus associated workshops and instrument visits.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Supervised time in studio/workshop 4
Guided independent study 72
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Students will attend problem solving workshops on the topics covered in lectures.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hrs

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 50%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be held in August and will be by examination only worth 100%.
    Final year students are not eligible to resit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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