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Master SERP+ Programme

Fast processes and radiations


In this module, we will explore elementary radiation-induced chemical reactions, ranging from femtoseconds to nanoseconds.

We will follow the reactions in "real time" using state-of-the-art time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. We will study the transient molecular species (excited states, radicals, …) and follow the whole reaction from the reactants, through the transition state towards the product side.

The processes involved are such as energy transfer, charge transfer, charge separation and recombination, electron and proton transfer, ionisation, solvation, photoisomerization, …

To illustrate this, we will present some applications within the fields of biology (vision, drug-protein binding, radiation induced DNA damage) and environment (solar energy conversion, photovoltaics, photocatalysis, depollution,…).


Understand the basic processes involved in radiation-induced chemical reactions.
Learn the basic techniques used in time-resolved experiments.

Recommended Books

  • R. Lakowitcz, Principles of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Springer, Singapore (2006)
  • B. Valeur, Molecular Fluorescence, Wiley, Weinheim (2002)
  • N. Tkachenko, Optical Spectroscopy/ Methods and Instrumentation, Elsevier, Amsterdam  (2006)
  • N. J. Turro, V. Ramamurthy, J. Scaiano, Modern Molecular Photochemistry of Organic Molecules, University Science Books, California, USA  (2010)

Teaching Staff

Thomas Gustavsson (Course coordinator)
Pascal Changenet-Barret
Mehran Mostafavi
Rémi Métivier
Isabelle Lampre


25 hours