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Molecular structural characterization and analysis
CHIM - H407

I. Informations générales
Intitulé de l'unité d'enseignement * Molecular structural characterization and analysis
Langue d'enseignement * Enseigné en anglais
Niveau du cadre de certification * Niveau 7 (2e cycle-MA/MC/MA60)
Discipline * Chimie
Titulaire(s) * [y inclus le coordonnateur] Kristin BARTIK (coordonnateur), Gert DESMET
II. Place de l'enseignement
Unité(s) d'enseignement co-requise(s) *
Unité(s) d'enseignement pré-requise(s) *
Connaissances et compétences pré-requises * Physical Chemistry, Structural organic Chemistry
Programme(s) d'études comprenant l'unité d'enseignement - M-IRBCS - Master : bioingénieur en chimie et bio-industries, à finalité spécialisée (5 crédits, optionnel)
- M-IRMAE - Master en ingénieur civil en chimie et science des matériaux (5 crédits, obligatoire)
III. Objectifs et méthodologies
Contribution de l'unité d'enseignement au profil d'enseignement *

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering
  • A creative, problem-solving, result-driven and evidence-based attitude, aiming at innovation and applicability in industry and society
  • The flexibility and adaptability to work in an international and/or intercultural context
  • An integrated insight in chemical process and materials' technology
  • Insight in chemistry as a link between process and materials technology
Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *

The aim of the course is to give you insight into the chromatographic methods available for the isolation and purification of molecules of industrial importance. In addition, we aim to teach you the fundamentals and application possibilities of different spectroscopic methods available for the determination and characterization of molecular structures.

Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *

Introduction: Raison d'être of the course
I    Molecules
II   Non Covalent Interactions
III  Importance of Separation Sciences

Separation Sciences
Ia.     HPLC instrumentation and hyphenation to detectors
IIa.    Types of Liquid Chromatography
IIIa.   Optimization of HPLC separations
IVa.   Band broadening in LC
Va.    Kinetic performance limits
VIa.   Multi-dimensional separations
VIIa.  Chip Technology
VIIIa. Gas chromatography

Molecular Structure Characterization
Ib.     Spectroscopy: general considerations
IIb.    Electronic spectroscopies
IIIb.  Vibrational spectroscopies
IVb.   NMR spectroscopy
Vb.    Mass spectrometry

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *

Interactive course with powerpoint presentation.

Seminars and practicals illustrate the theory seen during classes.

Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) * Non
Autres supports de cours

A copy of the powerpoint slides is available on the Université Virtuelle

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *

Separation Sciences

HPLC Columns: Theory, Technology, and Practice; U.D. Neue
Wiley-VCH (1997)

Contemporary Instrumental Analysis; K.A. Rubinson and J.F. Rubinson
Prentice-Hall (2000)

Molecular Structure Determination
Introduction to Organic Spectroscopy; L.M. Harwood and T.D.W Claridge
Oxford Chemistry Primers, Oxford Science Publications (1997)

Molecular Spectroscopy; J.M. Brown
Oxford Chemistry Primers, Oxford Science Publications (1998)

Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds; R. M. Silverstein, F. X. Webster
John Wiley & Sons Inc (7th edition, 2005 or any other edition)

Oragnic Structures from Spectra; L.D. Field, S. Sternhell, J.R. Kalman
Wiley (2002)

IV. Evaluation
Méthode(s) d'évaluation *

Written exam, covering all the material seen during classes and the exercise session, accounts for 80% of the final mark. 

A graded practical will account for 20 % of the final mark. Modalities will be given during class.

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *

The exercices and practicals illustrate the content of the courses and are as important as the theory.

Langue d'évaluation *


V. Organisation pratique
Institution organisatrice * ULB
Faculté gestionnaire * Ecole polytechnique Bruxelles
Quadrimestre * Premier quadrimestre (NRE : 17383)
Horaire * Premier quadrimestre
Volume horaire

Theory: 36 h

Exercices + practicals: 24 h

VI. Coordination pédagogique
Contact *

Prof. Kristin Bartik:; Office: P2.2.213 (ULB)

Prof. Sebastiaan Eeltink: (VUB)

Lieu d’enseignement *

See university timetables

VII. Autres informations relatives à l’unité d’enseignement

Questions can be answered during the break or after classes. The practicals are a privileged moment for discussions. It is also possible to make an appointment with the teaching staff to ask further questions.

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