|At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
- describe the strength and structure of molecules
- describe the spectral response of molecules over the full electromagnetic spectrum
- understand intramolecular dynamics
- understand the relation between molecular forces and chemical reactivity
- describe the physical and optical properties of large molecules
- understand the experimental tools for the study of molecular physics
In this course we will present the quantum description of molecules and introduce the tools to appreciate molecular properties as structure, bond strengths, ionization energies, etc. The consequences of structure and symmetry on molecular absorption and emission will be explained. The response of molecules to the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum (X-ray to far IR) will be treated.
Chemical reactions involve breaking and making of bonds. This process happens in collisions between molecules, the general properties of these reactive collisions will be discussed. The transition from ‘small’ molecules to ‘large molecules’ will be explained in the form of heterogeneous broadening and intramolecular dynamics processes. Examples will be given of large molecules, individual as well as aggregates and their mechanical and optical behavior with references to properties of the solid state and soft solid state. Throughout the course examples will be given of modern research tools to determine, and to manipulate molecular properties.