Photochemistry and Radiation Chemistry

LecturerTakahiro SEKI, Professor
DepartmentSchool of Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering, 2011 Fall
Recommended for:Applied Chemistry and Energy Engineering students (2.01.5 hours / session One session / week 15 weeks / semester)
  • radiation
  • mechanisms
  • atoms
  • molecules
  • photo
  • 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.

    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.

    Last updated

    March 17, 2020