Chemistry - M - Molecular Structure and Molecular Dynamics



Molecular Structure and Molecular Dynamics

Semester / Duration

Annually: Start in Winter or Summer Semester Duration: 2 Semesters

Responsible Professor

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Temps,

Courses of Studies

M.Sc. in Chemistry: 1. – 3. Semester


M.Sc. Business Chemistry: 1. – 2. Semester



Name of Class / Lecturer



Lecture Laser Spectroscopy - Concepts and Methods (winter semester)

Prof. Dr. F. Temps



Lecture Modern Methods in Mass Spectrometry (winter semester)

Prof. Dr. J. Grotemeyer



Lecture Modern Concepts in Chemical Reaction Dynamics (summer semester)

Prof. Dr. G. Friedrichs



Lab Course Laser Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry (summer semester, six weeks in second half)

Physical Chemistry Professors and Lecturers



Seminar on Modern Methods in Laser Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry (summer semester, six weeks in second half)

Physical Chemistry Professors and Lecturers



Number of Places

Lectures and Seminar: 20; Lab Course: 10


Lectures: German or English; with participation of foreign guest students English Lab Course and Seminar: German and English

Work Load

Contact Hours: 196 h

Self Study: 254 h

Credit Points



B.Sc. in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Physics

For the lab course: completed module chem1003 (molecular spectroscopy) or two lectures from chem1004C


The students acquire advanced competences on modern methods and current research topics in Physical Chemistry, are brought up to the current research state and develop the ability to formulate and discuss ongoing research issues.


  • Laser spectroscopy: Electromagnetic radiation and the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and matter, operation principle of lasers, lasers as spectroscopic light sources, nonlinear optics, Doppler-limited absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, nonlinear and multiphoton spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and four wave mixing, laser spectroscopy in molecular beams, double resonance, time-resolved and ultrafast laser spectroscopy, coherent processes, spectroscopy of collisions, single molecule spectroscopy, new methods and applications of laser spectroscopy;
  • Mass spectrometry: Historical evolution from basic devices to modern spectrometers and ionization methods (EI, CI, FAB, ESI, MALDI), physical concepts of important mass spectrometer types (sector-field, quadrupole, time-of- flight, ion trap, and ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometers), applications in different fields of chemistry and biochemistry, especially on biomolecules (peptideand protein analytics), decay reactions of organic and inorganic compounds in a mass spectrometer, analysis and interpretation of mass spectra, application of MALDI post-source decay (PSD) and tandem mass spectra (ESIMS/MS) for peptide sequence analysis and identification of post-translational modifications (e.g., phosphorylation), structure analysis by mass spectrometric techniques (CID, SID, photodissociation);
  • Reaction dynamics: electronic states and potential energy hypersurfaces of polyatomic molecules, primary photophysical and photochemical processes, breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, vibronic coupling and non- adiabatic transitions; femtochemistry; dynamics of energy transfer processes; modern concepts ant theories of unimolecular reactions, normal and local modes, intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR), non-statistical dynamics; combustion chemistry, modern concepts in heterogeneous catalysis, dynamics of surface reactions.
  • The specific contents are determined by the responsible professors.
  • Practical class: Selected experiments in spectroscopy (especially laser spectroscopy) and mass spectrometry (MB-FTMW spectrum of van der Waals molecules, FTIR spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules, laser induced fluorescence (LIF), ion imaging, MALDI, Raman spectroscopy, femtosecond spectroscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy);
  • Seminar: Selected topics in laser spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and reaction dynamics; introduction to ongoing research