The course will provide an introduction to advanced materials science methods, both experimental and theoretical, for the study of molecular and condensed-phase structures.
Expected learning outcomes
Competences in basic crystallography, included the ability of understanding and interpreting a single crystal X-ray diffraction pattern and judging the quality of a X-ray diffraction experiment; and in vector algebra in non-Cartesian systems. Besides, stu
Lesson period: Second semester
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Molecular symmetry. Introduction and application of point group theory. Rotational and vibrational motion; electronic transitions; related spectroscopies. Interpretation of IR spectra for functional groups. Raman spectroscopy. Dissociation and pre-dissiciation. Fluorescence and phosphorescence phenomena. Chromophores, vision and colours of minerals. Laser and pulsed laser. Hints on circular dichroism. Hints on electron paramagnetic resonance. Introduction to materials science. Mechanical properties of materials. Crystal lattices, extended defects. Surfaces and related techniques of structural investigations. X-ray and electron diffraction. Photoelectron phenomena. Application to nanostructured materials. Scanning Tunnel and Atomic Force microscopies.
Prerequisites for admission
The student is requested to have acquired basic knowledges in physical chemistry, i.e. the student should have attended the first e second years courses of physical chemistry for the bachelor degree in chemistry and industrial chemistry.
The course is organized through a series of lectures. To support the lessons, a rich teaching material is made available, consisting of lesson handouts written by the instructors. The course will be taught in Italian. Attedency is strongly advised.
P. Atkins and J. De Paula, Physical Chemistry, ninth edition P. Atkins and R. Friedman, Molecular Quantum Mechanic, fifth edition Teacher's distributed notes
Assessement methods and criteria
The examination consists of an oral interview, roughly 40' long. The student will be asked to reproduce the physical proofs of theorems shown during the classroom lectures. To this end, the student will be prompted to solve simple exercises under the instructors' supervision on topics treated during the lessons.