Actual Problems of Physical Chemistry


Physical chemistry is grounded in physics and mathematics and draws on quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and statistical thermodynamics. It is not surprising, then, that Physical chemistry is a vitally important for development of many new areas of research involving computational chemistry and developing bioinspired and biomimetic materials and devices with advanced structures and functions. In the course, basic principles of intermolecular interactions and thermodynamics are linked to applications in medicine, biology, technical field, including gen delivery, cell membranes, electrochemistry, drug formulations, etc. We will discuss the structure−property−function relationships of materials in nature. Additionally, some skills on the manipulation equations using numerical data are practiced in a couple of practicum sessions.

The course is worth 5 credits and runs during the spring semester.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Use physics and mathematics to answer fundamental questions about the structure of molecules and how chemical reactions take place;

2. Present and discuss the cutting edge of research in physical chemistry;

3. Reveal informatics tools and its impact on Physical Chemistry;

4. Use physical principles and mathematical techniques for chemical engineering of materials with advanced functions (transparent dielectric, superconducting, piezoelectric, electromagnetic shielding, nanofibrous, genotoxic, anti-infective, low-cost etc.)