Trace and ultra-trace analysis of metals using atomic absorption spectrometry

By Prof. J. R. Mudakavi   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 164
Introduction to pollution control monitoring, Introduction to Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Theoretical Principals of Atomic Absorption and emission phenomenon, Instrumentation,  Optical benchmarking, flame and flame emission, absorption and flameless ETAAS, hydride generation, Cold vapor mercury analysis, Practice of Spectrophotometry, Applications of Absorption Spectrometry to pollution monitoring, Ambient Air Monitoring, Industrial Effluents and Metal Ions, Continuous Monitoring and Bio Chemical Analysis.

This course is useful for the determination of metals as ions in µg, ng, pg levels in aqueous and nonaqueous solutions. It has applicability to air pollution, water and solid waste matrices. A emphasis is laid on fundamentals of atomic structure, spectroscopy, instrumentation, method development and industrial applications. The course will be useful for chemists, chemical engineers, metallurgists, biotechnologists and NGOs.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers Environmental Scientists, Civil Engineers, Pollution Control  Administrators.

PREREQUISITES : 10+2+3 years of BE/BSc Basic knowledge of  differential  calculus and integration
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction to pollution control monitoring and Introduction to atomic structure
Week 2 : Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with fundamental particles
Week 3 : Instrumentation, for flame, flameless and graphite furnace AAS
Week 4 : Mechanism of Atomization
Week 5 : Design of atomizers, flame, graphite , hydride generation and Instrumentation of AAS & AES - electronics and optics
Week 6 : Techniques of flame AAS, Interferences in flame and non flame AAS
Week 7 : Interferences in Hydride generation AAS and cold vapor mercury, Applications of AAS to individual elements.
Week 8 : Applications of AAS to individual elements continued, pollution monitoring and environmental sampling and conclusion.

Books and references

  1. Atomic absorption spectrometry – Bernhard Welz, VCH publication,1983,
  2. Instrumental methods of analysis seventh edition – Willard, Merritt, Dean, Settle: CBS publishers, New Delhi, -1986
  3. Instrumental analysis – Skoog, Holler, Crouch, engage Learning India Private Limited, 2007

Instructor bio

Prof. J. R. Mudakavi

IISc Bangalore
Dr J R Mudakavi is a former faculty of Chemical engineering Dept, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has taught Modern Instrumental Methods of analysis and Pollution Control for 36 years. He is an authority on analytical instrumentation. He is the author of 2 books on Air Pollution and Hazardous Waste management. He has published more than 100 papers in National and International Journals, conferences, Symposia etc. He is a member of several expert committees such as CSIR, DST, MOEF, KSPCB etc., He is a popular science writer and lecturer and environmentalist.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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