Fall 2019

Principles of Spectroscopic Techniques (CHM 565)

Principles of Spectroscopic Techniques (CHM 665)


Description of CHM 565/665: Metals are everywhere – from biology and catalysis, and play critical roles in processes ranging from photosynthesis, respiration, and post-translational modification, to maintaining critical life processes. Studies of metal complexes that are involved in these processes ultimately rely on researchers’ abilities to understand their electronic and magnetic properties by way of both well-established techniques and methods that are currently being developed/advanced. In this course you will learn in detail the concepts behind commonly used spectroscopic methods. There will be a brief review of group theory (Inorganic Chemistry) at the beginning of the course. Building from this base we will then describe several techniques frequently used to measure the electronic and magnetic properties of the metal centers and will identify instances where it would be appropriate to use each technique. Beyond describing the theory behind these techniques, we will also examine how various techniques may be used to provide complementary information critical to the assessment of complex systems. Special emphasis will be given to the first-row transition metals.