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Advanced Photochemistry
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5773-19-10-32Activity has taken place
Universitetsparken 5, 2100 København Ø
Date and timeSeptember 2019 - November 2019
Regular seats25
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personBo Wegge Laursen    E-mail address: bwl@chem.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserBo Wegge Laursen    E-mail address: bwl@chem.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 1
Scheme groupA (Tues 8-12 + Thurs 8-17)
Exam requirementsWritten assignment: 5 page essay on specific topic based on curriculum and research papers. To be submitted in 5 days after assignment.
Exam formOral examination
Exam detailsOral examination, 25 min. oralexam based on the written essay and the general curriculum of the course
Exam aidsWithout aids
Grading scale7 point grading scale
Criteria for exam assessmentSee learning outcomes
Exam re-examinationSame as ordinary exam
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Project work40.00


The course focus on photophysical properties of molecular systems, in particular related to UV-Vis absorption and fluorescence. Special emphasis is on: energy and electron transfer, polarization, and solvent effects, single molecule spectroscopy and super resolution imaging, time resolved fluorescence and transient absorption.

Learning outcome
After having passed the course, the student should be able to:


- Concepts of the interaction of light with molecules

- Concepts of photo physical manifestations of the local molecular environment

- Concepts of for the kinetics involved in deactivation of electronically excited states of molecules

- Concepts of the basics of photo induced electron transfer

- Concepts of steady-state and time-resolved anisotropy of fluorescence emission

- Concepts of the principles of steady-state and time-resolved experimental techniques

- Concepts of resonance energy transfer and its applications

- Concepts of application of fluorescence techniques in sensors

- Concepts of single molecule fluorescence techniques

- Concepts of super resolution fluorescence imaging


- Apply the above mentioned knowledge for understanding and calculating photophysical properties of molecular systems.

- Read contemporary research papers on photophysics, understand them, present them and write an self consistent essay on it.

Joseph R. Lakowicz: "Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy", 3rd edition. Lecture notes. Selected research articles.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, student presentations, discussions, and preparation individually and/or in groups.

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