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Cursus: NWI-MOL001
Chemical Analysis
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Studiepunten (ECTS)3
CategoriePB (Propedeuse)
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
dr. T.G. Bloemberg
Overige cursussen docent
dr. T.G. Bloemberg
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. T.G. Bloemberg
Overige cursussen docent
KW1  (29-08-2016 t/m 06-11-2016)
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa

After this course you are able to individually:

  • select - from a number of discussed ones - the most appropriate analysis technique to solve a basic analytical chemical problem.
  • explain - at a basic level - the interactions of electromagnetic radiation from the UV-VIS range with atoms and molecules and exploit these in simple quantitative spectroscopic analyses.
  • explain - at a basic level - the principles of chromatographic separation and detection techniques and use this knowledge to perform and optimize a basic chromatographic experiment.
  • design and quantitatively perform a simple calibration experiment and critically interpret its results using the appropriate statistical methods.
  • make an informed estimation of the risks of simple experiments in a chemical laboratory and perform the experiments in a safe way.
  • keep a proper laboratory notebook and write a short report of an experiment following simplified guidelines for scientific reporting and integrity.

Modern chemical analysis makes use of advanced instrumentation, based on several chemical and physical principles. The theoretical part of this course will treat some of the underlying principles and consequences of measurement methods, both quantitative and qualitative. Chromatographic separation methods and spectroscopic analysis cover a significant part of the field. In this course, atomic and molecular UV-VIS spectroscopy and chromatographic separation techniques will be treated. Attention will be paid to the reliability of measurement results, based on elementary statistical and chemometrical principles.

The practical part of the course is aimed at strengthening, applying and extending the knowledge obtained in the theoretical part. At the start of the course, the focus wil be on attaining a number of basic skills (weighing, pipetting, titration, making a dilution series, etc.). Later on, these skills will be applied in experiments of one day in which simple chemical analyses are conducted. Apart from that, much attention will be given to record-keeping in laboratory notebooks, writing scientific reports, error analyses and - importantly - knowledge of safety rules. The latter will be tested in a digital test at the beginning of the course.

You are obliged to:

• hand in / have handed in a digital passport photo of yourself (mentioning your first and last names) on the first day of the lab course, if one is not (yet) available from Osiris;
• possess a durable laboratory notebook (bound and with a hard cover; can be bought via the education institute);
• possess a white labcoat of non-synthetic fiber (can be bought via study-association Sigma);
• possess proper safety glasses (can be bought via the education institute).
• basic statistical concepts (accuracy, precision, confidence interval, linear regression, error propagation);
• UV-VIS atomic and molecular spectroscopy;
• extraction techniques;
• chromatography, general principles;
• gas chromatography (GC);
• liquid chromatography / HPLC;
• hybrid methods (GC-MS, LC-MS).
Safety test: At the beginning of the course, you are required to have familiarized yourself with the safety rules and guidelines that are detailed in the laboratory manual and in the safety lecture in the first week. This will be tested in a digital safety test. Failing this test and the resit means you are prohibited from being in the lab.
Practical part: The final assessment of the practical part is based on:

• your practical skills and adherence to lab rules, as observed by supervisors and TA's (25%)
• the quality of registration and interpretation of experimental results in your lab notebook (25%)
• your final report (25%)
• the results you obtain in the final practical assessment, the so-called 'aptitude test' (25%).
Theory partThe theory part is concluded with a digital or written exam.GradingAll grading is on a scale of 1 to 10. The final grade is rounded to the nearest half, with the exception of grades between 5.0 and 6.0 which are rounded to the nearest integer. Grades of 6 and higher are considered a 'pass' and grades lower than 6 are considered a 'fail'.The sub-grade for practical skills and rule adherence should be 5 or higher. A lower grade means that the grade for the entire practical part will not be higher than 5.When both the practical part and the theory part are graded with a 6 or higher, the final grade equals their average. Otherwise, the final grade equals the lower of the two.A 'fail' for the theory part means that a resit is required; a 'fail' for the practical part means that a fully repeated participation in the practical part in the next academic year is required.
• Chemistry at the level of Dutch pre-university secondary education ('VWO') or comparable
• English language
This is a course in the theme 'Methods' and in the theme 'Lab and research skills'

• Laboratory manual (for sale at the university in the first week of the academic year);
• D.C. Harris, Exploring Chemical Analysis, 5th ed., 2013, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, ISBN-10: 1-4292-7503-3, ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-7503-3 (via study-association Sigma);
• T. Overton, S. Johnson, J. Scott: Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences, Oxford University press, 2nd ed. ISBN 978-0-19-870869-8
• Recommended: Paula Y. Bruice, Organic Chemistry, Prentice Hall, 7th ed., ISBN-13 978-1-7839-9150-1 (via study-association Sigma).

• 4 hours computer course
• 16 hours lecture
• 56 hours laboratory course
• 8 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods: This course will be taught in lectures, computer classes and laboratory classes; mandatory homework consists of preparation for laboratory classes, updating your lab notebook and writing a report.Attendance in the laboratory classes is mandatory. Failure to attend without proper reason and prior notice will result in a 'fail'.
Verplicht materiaal
• Laboratory manual (for sale at the university in the first week of the academic year)
D.C. Harris, Exploring Chemical Analysis, 5th ed., 2013, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York
T. Overton, S. Johnson, J. Scott: Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences, Oxford University press, 2nd ed.
Aanbevolen materiaal
Paula Y. Bruice, Organic Chemistry, Prentice Hall, 7th ed.




ToetsvormDigitale toets met TAO
GelegenhedenBlok KW1, Blok KW2

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