Photochemistry and Radiation Chemistry

Takahiro SEKI Professor

Department: School of Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering

Class Time: 2011 Fall Monday
Recommended for: Applied Chemistry and Energy Engineering students

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Course Overview

Radiation technologies in the fields of chemistry and materials will become of greater significance today and in the future. It can be applied to many fields such as photopolymers, adhesive materials, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, painting materials, and so on. This lecture is aimed to furnish students with an understanding of the fundamental processes in photochemistry and radiation chemistry, from a theoretical and physics-based standpoint.

On completing the course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the mechanisms of energy assignment from photo- and ionizing radiation to atoms or molecules.
  2. Explain the mechanisms and application of photo- and radiation induced chemical reactions.
  3. Understand vibrational and rotational spectra.

Key Features

We deliver corresponding printouts in the lecture (including Powerpoint slides), in order to improve students' success during the course. Fortunately, the lecture room is equipped with both a blackboard and a projector screen. This is helpful in that the concepts of the lecture and pictures can be pointed out with visuals using the projector, and at the same time, details and calculations can be followed slowly by writing on the blackboard. We believe that this is a very effective way for the students to follow the contents of the lectures. We also occasionally explain why and how the fundamental issues are related to actual applications in industries and medical procedures, which should be of great help in realizing the importance of fundamentals.

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Course Contents

  1. Fundamentals of vibrational and rotational spectra.
  2. Interaction between light and matter.
  3. Light absorption and emission by organic molecules.
  4. Features of photochemical processes and mechanisms.
  5. Photochemical reactions and material science.
  6. Interaction between radiation and matter.
  7. Reactions and mechanisms in radiation chemistry.


No particular textbook is assigned. Printouts will be given when occasion calls.


Student evaluation is based on examination, attendance and quizzes during the lecture.

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