Course Code: NCL 210
Objectives:
 To familiarize all
entering Ph.D. students, especially those with nonanalytical background,
to the basics of chemical analysis.
 This course would also prepare
students for more specialized courses in instrumental analysis.
 Fundamental concepts in analytical
chemistry and general overview of specialized instrumental analysis
commonly used will be covered.
Prerequisite: M.Sc.
in any area with a good understanding of advanced undergraduate level chemistry
and basic physics.
Class requirements:
This is an introductory level course. The subject matter
will begin at a level that most chemists, physicists and biologists will be
comfortable. At the end of the course, students will be able to appreciate and
trouble shoot individual analytical problems and instrumentation in their
daytoday research. Continuous evaluation will be based on regular class
quizzes, take home assignments and possibly a term paper or presentation. All
the students are expected to have access to a computer with internet and a word
processor (should be used for all assignments that will be submitted
electronically).
Duration: 13
weeks
Number of lectures:
26 (90 minutes each, two lectures per week)
Course content:
Content

No. of lectures

Introduction, recap of chemical equilibrium, errors and basic
statistics in analysis, sample preparation, quantitation and calibration
methods.

6

Analytical instrumentation, basic electronics, signal and
noise.

3

Overview of optical methods of analysis: Components of
optical instruments, atomic and molecular spectrometry based on absorption,
emission and scattering.

5

Electroanalytical techniques (basic electrochemistry,
voltammetry, potentiometry)

2

Analytical separations and (Introduction to
chromatographic methods, GC, LC, electromigration techniques, hyphenated
techniques and detectors)

5

Mass spectrometry

3

Practical session(s), demonstration and tour of a few
instrumental facilities

2

Reference materials:
 Fundamentals of Analytical
Chemistry, Douglas A. Skoog and Douglas M. West
 Instrumental Analysis by
Douglas A. Skoog et. al.
 Quantitative Chemical
Analysis, Daniel C. Harris (7^{th} or latest edition)
 Chromed series by R.P.W.
Scott: (Ebooks can be downloaded free of cost from
www.chromatographyonline.org)
Evaluation:
Attendance – 5%
Assignments – 50%
Midterm exam – 20%
Final exam – 25%
Grades: A, B, C,
D, F (fail) 