Login for PhD students/staff at UCPH      Login for others
Analytical Chemistry
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5733-22-09-31 
Enrollment deadline: 18/01/2023
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeFebruary 2023 - April 2023
Regular seats20
Course fee8,000.00 kr.
ECTS credits7.50
Contact personJan H. Christensen    E-mail address: jch@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJan H. Christensen    E-mail address: jch@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 3
Scheme groupMonday 13.00 - 17.00 and Wednesday 8.00 - 17.00
Scheme group noteFebruar 2023- April 2023
Exam requirementsMinimum 75% of the reports from the laboratory exercises need to be accepted by the course teacher before final examination
Exam formOral examination
Exam formInternal censorship
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Theory exercises28.00
Practical exercises24.00


The course topics include: An introduction to analytical chemistry: choice of analytical methodology, sampling, sample preparation, chemical analysis, tools for quantitative chemical analysis, quality assurance. Extraction methods such as liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, super-critical fluid extraction and accelerated solvent extraction. Cleanup and fractionation methods. Introduction to Chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC) and other chromatographic methods. Detector types with focus on mass spectrometry and hyphenated techniques such as GC-MS and LC-MS. Introduction to spectroscopic methods, atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry). Introduction to data processing, errors in chemical analyses, statistical analyses (including chemometrics) and data presentation. Method development, evaluation, validation and QA/QC measures.

Learning outcome
The course objective is to introduce the participants to modern instrumental techniques and analytical approaches within environmental- and soil chemistry, food chemistry and plant biology.

David C Harris, Quantitative Chemical Analysis edition 10. Notes and selected articles.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and theoretical exercises: The lectures will present the general chemical background of the measurement principles and instrumental techniques as well as theory on sampling, data processing, data analysis, quality assurance and method validation.

Theoretical exercises: These exercises will train the students to carry out calculations on the data produced from different instrumental techniques including statistical analyses, reporting and QA/QC.

Laboratory exercises: Laboratory exercises represent the heart of the course. Here, the participants train the different instrumental techniques and get used to analytical work in the laboratory. The laboratory exercises comprise 6 compulsory themes. Theoretical and laboratory exercises are performed by groups of 3 or 4 students. A 1-day excursion to a larger accredited laboratory is included in the course.

All PhD students (including Danish Universities) are charged for instrument-time, laboratory expenses and expenses related to excursions amounting to a total of 8000 dkr.

For questions feel free to contact Jan H Christensen, jch@plen.ku.dk
UCPH discloses non-sensitive personal data to course leader/speakers, if any. In addition, we will disclose non-sensitive personal data to the other participants in the course. Non-sensitive personal data includes names, job positions, institution names & addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Click the search button to search Courses.

Course calendar
See which courses you can attend and when

Publication of new courses
All planned PhD courses at the PhD School are visible in the course catalogue. Courses are published regularly.