Advanced Instrumental Analysis

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1108
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Jeremy Everett



This module aims to introduce, develop and secure a coherent strategy for the acquisition and interpretation of analytical data directed towards the solution of chemical/pharmaceutical problems.

The specific aims are:
• To develop an understanding of the appropriate use of analytical methods.
• Critically review the scientific literature in order to gain understanding of the applications of modern instrumental methods
• Develop an understanding of the advantages and limitations for instrumental techniques.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Make a valid choice of method or methods for a particular type of analysis, based upon a knowledge of the analyte, its level, complexity, number of samples and possible interferences.
2. Apply appropriate analytical methods to the solution of specific problems in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry.
3. Demonstrate an ability to carry out independent study on specialised topics and carry out a critical evaluation.

Indicative content

• The theory and practice of product and process sampling and sampling methodology applied to the instrumental methods mentioned below
• A review of important analytical techniques which can be used in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry including chromatographic and coupled techniques and spectroscopic techniques including mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy/atomic force microscopy and nano-thermal analysis