|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
the course aims at illustrating how light can interact with organic molecules, what the possible outcomes are and how these can be exploited by organic chemists.
AIMS AND CONTENT
At the end of this course the students will understand how light can interact with organic molecules and what the possible outcomes are. The students will be able to: • distinguish between a photoinduced reaction and a photocatalyzed process • understand pros and cons of the use of various light sources • design a photochemical process both in batch and under flow conditions • critically analyze a scientific report
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
The course gives an introduction to the basic principles of the interaction between light and matter. Emphasis will be given to organic molecule transformations, through photoinduced reactions and through the use of photocatalysts. Practical and technical aspects on the set-up of a photochemical reaction in batch and under flow conditions will be also discussed. The aims of the course will be fulfilled through "traditional" lectures and innovative approaches, including the use of databases for literature searching, flipped classroom, interactive activities (i.e. visit to a photochemistry lab).
Course objectives: at the end of this course the students will understand how light can interact with organic molecules and what the possible outcomes are. The students will be able to:
- distinguish between a photoinduced reaction and a photocatalyzed process
- understand pros and cons of the use of various light sources
- design a photochemical process both in batch and under flow conditions
- critically analyze a scientific report
Methodologies: traditional lectures and innovative approaches, including:
- the use of databases for literature searching
- flipped classroom
- interactive activities
Basic knowledge of organic chemistry reactivity
Traditional lectures: 10 hours
Innovative approaches: 14 hours
divided as follow:
Interactive literature search: 4 hours
Practical activities: 2 hours
Flipped Classroom: 8 hours
Interaction of light and matter: general aspects, photophysics and photochemistry
Photochemistry: hystorical background
Photoinduced vs. photocatalyzed reactions
Photoredox reactions and photocatalysts
Photochemistry in batch and under continuous flow conditions
TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD
ANDREA BASSO (President)
PAOLA RIANI (President Substitute)
Starting date and week schedule will be reported in due course
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The exam will consist of two parts:
(A) literature search and presentation: the student will select from the recent scientific literature an article of his or her choice that deals with one of the topics seen in class. He/she will then prepare a presentation that will be illustrated in front of the class and will be evaluated on: clarity of exposition, quality of presentation, competence and ability to answer questions
B) oral exam: questioning on the topics covered in class, will consist of 2-3 general questions and one more specific one
The grade obtained in part A) will contribute 30% to the final grade, the grade obtained in part B) 70%.
Using the methods described in the previous point, the committee will be able to test the student's ability to independently conduct a literature search in the area of organic photochemistry and critically analyze the results obtained. The student's ability to make rational connections between what has been generally seen during theoretical lectures and what has been seen in the literature will also be assessed. Achievement of the educational objectives of the teaching is considered to be when the student is able to make such connections and is thus able to critically analyze a photochemical process. When these objectives are not met, the student is encouraged to study further and to avail himself/herself of further explanations by the titular lecturer.