Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

By Prof. Arijit Kumar De   |   IISER Mohali
Learners enrolled: 1109
This course will cover classical/ macroscopic and statistical thermodynamics and kinetics developed to explain a variety of physico-chemical phenomena with applications in Chemistry. This course is designed as an advanced level course to the broad area of thermodynamics and kinetics and the lectures will be pitched at the level of advanced undergraduates (senior level) as well as graduate students.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : BSc/BS/ Int-MSc (BS-MS) - 3rd year BE/BTech/ Int-MTech - 2nd year MSc/Int-PhD - 1st/2nd year PhD – 1st year
PREREQUISITES : Any introductory course on Thermodynamics is preferred but not absolutely necessary 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 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  :  Review of classical thermodynamics: Concept of entropy, Properties of Gibbs free energy, Phase equilibrium of one and two component system, Mixtures, Chemical equilibrium.
Week 2  :  Molecular interactions: Dipole moment, Electrical polarization, Charge-dipole, Dipole-dipole and Dipole-induced dipole interaction, Dispersion interaction.
Week 3  : Transport phenomena: Viscosity, Diffusion (Ficks laws).
Week 4  : Review of chemical kinetics: Reaction mechanism, Kinetic measurements.
Week 5  : Advanced topics in chemical kinetics: Introduction to photochemistry, Kinetics of multicomponent systems: Combustion and Atmospheric chemistry.
Week 6  : Introduction to statistical thermodynamics: Molecular partition function, Boltzmann distribution.
Week 7  : Introduction to bimolecular reaction dynamics: Potential energy surface, Transition state theory.
Week 8  : Unimolecular reactions (Lindemann-Christiansen model (Introductory discussion on Hinshelwood and RRK/RRKM models).
Week 9  : Introduction to solution phase reaction dynamics: Cage effect, Diffusion controlled reactions, Polar solvation, Marcus theory of electron transfer.
Week 10 : Non-ideal solutions, Activity of ions (Debye-Huckel theory).
Week 11 : Electrochemistry: Insights into electrode processes, Ionic conductivity.
Week 12 : Lab demonstration (including illustrations): 1) Transport phenomena: Coefficient of viscosity, 2) Chemical kinetics:  Hydrolysis of an ester, 3) Photochemistry: Degradation of a dye, 4) Reaction dynamics: Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy.

Books and references

1) D. A. McQuarrie, J. D. Simon, Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, 1st Ed, University Science Books, California (1997). 
2) P. W. Atkins, J de Paula, Physical Chemistry, 8th Ed, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (2006). 
3) I. N. Levine, Physical Chemistry, 6th Ed, Mcgraw Hill Education (2011).

Instructor bio

Prof. Arijit Kumar De

IISER Mohali
Arijit Kumar De completed his BSc (2003) with Chemistry major from University of Calcutta (WB, India) and MSc (2005) in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur (UP, India). He pursued his PhD with Debabrata Goswami at IIT Kanpur (2005-2010). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of California Berkeley (CA, USA) with Graham R. Fleming (2010-2014). In 2014, he joined IISER Mohali (PB, India) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Sciences. 

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: 23 April 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 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 IIT Madras .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.

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