Circular dichroism (CD) and Mossbauer spectroscopy for chemists

By Prof. Arnab Dutta   |  
Learners enrolled: 236
In this course, we are going to discuss the fundamentals of two unique spectroscopic techniques: Circular Dichroism (CD) and Mossbauer spectroscopy. These techniques are becoming essential for deciphering the structural dynamics of inorganic complexes in recent times.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Chemistry and chemical engineering masters students Chemistry PhD students


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 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:  Optical rotation, Optical rotatory dispersion
Week 2: Cotton effect, Circular Dichroism (CD)
Week 3: Physical origin of CD
Week 4: Examples of CD spectroscopy for inorganic molecules
Week 5: Applications of CD spectroscopy-I
Week 6: Applications of CD spectroscopy-II
Week 7: Mossbauer Spectroscopy: Basic principle
Week 8: Isomer Shift
Week 9: Quadrupolar Splitting
Week 10: Examples of Mossbauer Spectra analysis-I
Week 11: Examples of Mossbauer Spectra analysis-II
Week 12: Applications of Mossbauer Spectroscopy

Books and references

  1. Physical Methods in Bioinorganic Chemistry by Lawrence Que Jr. (Wiley)
  2. Inorganic Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy, Volume I & II by Edward Solomon and Ab. B. P. Lever (Wiley)

Instructor bio

Prof. Arnab Dutta

Prof. Arnab Dutta is an assistant professor in the chemistry department, IIT Bombay. His research interest lies in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry. He specializes in teaching the courses belongs to inorganic chemistry.

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: 29 October 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 Bombay .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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

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