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1. Course title

Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics
Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics
Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics


2. Course code



3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
optional for

  • Study Track in Aerosol Physics
  • Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

Toward the end of the studies, after taking at least ATM306, and ideally also other related chemistry and physics courses

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Planned to be lectured every second year if possible, first lectures planned for spring 2019

The course will be lectured in the III period.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course


9. Course learning outcomes


-You will understand the features of atmospheric photochemical reactions, and be able to interpret photochemical and spectroscopic 

data related to atmospheric chemical reactions

-You will understand and be able to apply spin selection rules to atmospheric chemical and photochemical reactions

-You will understand and be able to apply reaction kinetic tools to atmospheric chemical reactions

-You will have an in-depth understanding of oxidation reaction chains in the troposphere, and be able to use these to interpret 

e.g. air quality data.


10. Course completion methods

-Lectures, exercises and exam, possible laboratory visits.

11. Prerequisites

-ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry 

12. Recommended optional studies

- ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry

13. Course content

-Principles of photochemistry

-Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere

-Spin and other selection rules, fundamental features of spectroscopy as applied to atmospheric chemistry

-Reaction kinetic and reaction dynamic tools 

-Tropospheric oxidation chains (also relevant to combustion chemistry)

14. Recommended and required literature


There is no official coursebook. Lecture notes will be distributed via Moodle.

 For deeper understanding, any of the following books could be useful. Jacob’s book is freely available online (though a bit old by now). Holloway & Wayne especially recommended as a relatively cheap and modern introductory book.

• D. J. Jacob: Introduction to atmospheric chemistry, Princetown Univ. Press, 1999. (Available online:

• J. H. Seinfeld & S.N. Pandis: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 2nd/3rd ed, Wiley, 2006/2016

• R. P. Wayne: Chemistry of atmospheres, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2000

• A. M. Holloway, R. P. Wayne: Atmospheric Chemistry, RSC Publishing, 2010

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning


  • Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Final exam (individual). Total hours 130.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale


  • Final grade is based on exercises (40%) and final exam (60%).

17. Teaching language