Physical Chemistry of Molecular Aggregates
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL408
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
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prof. dr. P.C.M. Christianen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. F.J.M. Harren
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.A. Horke
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.A. Horke
Other course modules lecturer
dr. D.A. Horke
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW1  (31/08/2020 to 01/11/2020)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:

  • describe the (quantum mechanical) structure of molecules
  • describe the spectral response of molecules over the full electromagnetic spectrum
  • understand (ultrafast) intramolecular dynamics 
  • describe the physical and optical properties of large molecules
  • understand the experimental tools for the study of molecular physics
  • understand and critically assess primary literature

In this course we will present the quantum description of molecules and introduce state-of-the-art tools to study molecular properties such as (electronic) 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. Modern experimental approaches to study and image dynamical processes in molecules will be introduced.


The transition from small molecules to larger systems 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 behaviour 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. Primary scientific literature will be used throughout the course.

Instructional Modes
Weekly lectures + Tutorials.

Presumed foreknowledge
  • bachelor in physics or chemistry or (natural) sciences
  • quantum mechanics on bachelor level
  • structure of matter on bachelor level or analogous course This is a mandatory course in the specialisation 'Physical chemistry'.
  • Test information
  • small report based on literature
  • written or oral exam depending on the number of students enrolled
  • Specifics
    The course is part of the educational program of the Research Institute for Molecules and Materials The course will be given by various lecturers.
    Required materials
    To be announced
    To be determined

    Instructional modes


    Test weight1
    Test typeExam
    OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2