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Master SERP+ Programme

Reaction dynamics in gas and solution phases, fundamentals of electron transfer


Reaction kinetics

  • Relation between rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions
  • Collision theory of reaction rates
  • Activated complex theory

Reactions in solution

  • Introduction to photochemistry
  • Fundamentals of electron transfers
  • Solvent effects on redox potentials
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfer (theories of Hush and Marcus)
  • Electron transfer in biological systems.

Lab training

  • Laser Induced Fluorescence of I2 gas
  • Study of excited states of molecules by Flash photolysis method
  • Cyclic voltammetry of a reversible system
  • Direct redox protein electrochemistry
  • Mediated redox enzyme electrochemistry


Reaction kinetics in gas and solution: experimental and theoretical approaches
Thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfers : applications to biological systems.

Recommended Books

Physical Chemistry, P.W. Atkins, J. De Paula, Ed. Oxford University press
Chemical kinetics and dynamics, J. I. Steinfeld, J. S. Franscisco, W. L. Hase, Ed. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Teaching Staff

Isabelle Lampre (Course coordinator) [Learn more...]
Pedro De Oliveira [Learn more...]


Lecture: 18 h
Tutorial: 16 h
Practical courses: 16 h

Grading System

Final exam: 70 %
Practical course: 30 %