Frédéric Merkt: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Frédéric Merkt
FieldPhysikalische Chemie
Address
Inst. Mol. Phys. Wiss.
ETH Zürich, HCI E 215
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 43 67
E-mailfrederic.merkt@phys.chem.ethz.ch
DepartmentChemistry and Applied Biosciences
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
402-0551-00LLaser Seminar0 credits1ST. Esslinger, J. Faist, J. Home, A. Imamoglu, U. Keller, F. Merkt, H. J. Wörner
AbstractResearch colloquium
Objective
529-0422-00LPhysical Chemistry II: Chemical Reaction Kinetics Information Restricted registration - show details 4 credits3V + 1UF. Merkt
AbstractIntroduction to Chemical Reaction Kinetics. Fundamental concepts: rate laws, elementary reactions and composite reactions, molecularity, reaction order. Experimental methods in reaction kinetics. Simple chemical reaction rate theories. Reaction mechanisms and complex kinetic systems, chain reactions. Homogeneous catalysis and enzyme kinetics.
ObjectiveIntroduction to Chemical Reaction Kinetics
ContentFundamental concepts: rate laws, elementary reactions and composite reactions, molecularity, reaction order. Experimental methods in reaction kinetics up to new developments in femtosecond kinetics. Simple chemical reaction rate theories: temperature dependence of the rate constant and Arrhenius equation, collision theory, reaction cross-section, transition state theory. Reaction mechanisms and complex kinetic systems, approximation techniques, chain reactions, explosions and detonations. Homogeneous catalysis and enzyme kinetics. Kinetics of charged particles. Diffusion and diffusion-controlled reactions. Photochemical kinetics. Heterogeneous reactions and heterogeneous catalysis.
Literature- M. Quack und S. Jans-Bürli: Molekulare Thermodynamik und Kinetik, Teil 1, Chemische Reaktionskinetik, VdF, Zürich, 1986.
- G. Wedler: Lehrbuch der Physikalischen Chemie, Verlag Chemie, Weinheim, 1982.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzungen:
- Mathematik I und II
- Allgemeine Chemie I und II
- Physikalische Chemie I
529-0427-00LElectron Spectroscopy Restricted registration - show details 1 credit2SF. Merkt
AbstractGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
ObjectiveGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
ContentGroup seminar on electronic spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation to this seminar must be discussed with the lecturer.
529-0431-AALPhysical Chemistry III: Molecular Quantum Mechanics Information
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.

This course does not offer a lecture of its own but it is linked to the course 529-0431-00L.
4 credits9RF. Merkt
AbstractPostulates of quantum mechanics, operator algebra, Schrödinger's equation, state functions and expectation values, matrix representation of operators, particle in a box, tunneling, harmonic oscillator, molecular vibrations, angular momentum and spin, generalised Pauli principle, perturbation theory, electronic structure of atoms and molecules, Born-Oppenheimer approximation.
ObjectiveThis is an introductory course in quantum mechanics. The course starts with an overview of the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics and introduces the mathematical formalism. The postulates and theorems of quantum mechanics are discussed in the context of experimental and numerical determination of physical quantities. The course develops the tools necessary for the understanding and calculation of elementary quantum phenomena in atoms and molecules.
ContentPostulates and theorems of quantum mechanics: operator algebra, Schrödinger's equation, state functions and expectation values. Linear motions: free particles, particle in a box, quantum mechanical tunneling, the harmonic oscillator and molecular vibrations. Angular momentum: electronic spin and orbital motion, molecular rotations. Electronic structure of atoms and molecules: the Pauli principle, angular momentum coupling, the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. Variational principle and perturbation theory. Discussion of bigger systems (solids, nano-structures).
LiteratureP.W. Atkins, R.S. Friedman: Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-954142-3.

J.S. Townsend: A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd Edition, University Science Books 2012, ISBN 978-1-89-138-978-8.
529-0479-00LTheoretical Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics1 credit2SF. Merkt, M. Reiher, J. Richardson, R. Signorell, H. J. Wörner
AbstractSeminar on theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and dynamics.
ObjectiveSeminar on theoretical chemistry, molecular spectroscopy and dynamics (research seminar)
529-0499-00LPhysical Chemistry1 credit1KF. Merkt, A. Barnes, G. Jeschke, B. H. Meier, M. Reiher, J. Richardson, R. Riek, S. Riniker, T. Schmidt, R. Signorell, H. J. Wörner
AbstractInstitute-Seminar covering current research Topics in Physical Chemistry
ObjectiveDiscussing current developments in Physical Chemistry