CHEM 4416/6416

UM Chemistry/Graduate/Graduate Courses

Molecular Spectroscopy--CHEM 4416/6416

This course is recommended for chemistry and related majors seeking more in-depth study of molecular spectroscopy.

Course Description:

Theory of interaction of light with molecules, in depth theory and application of spectroscopic techniques nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry,  infrared,  and optical (electronic) spectroscopies.  Survey of lesser used methods (electron spin resonance, microwave, Raman, x-ray crystallography, neutron diffraction, Auger, Mossbauer, ESCA, AFM, electron microscopy: SEM, and TEM.
Three lecture hours per week; 3 credit hours.


CHEM 3310 and 3411 with at least C-.  Repeat no more than two times.

Textbook and other materials:

  • “Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds”, Silverstein, Webster, Kiemle 7th Ed.

Course Objectives:

To provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the theory of quantized energy transitions and relationship between molecular structure and energy transitions for different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.  To provide students with appropriate in-depth background in spectroscopic methods for continued studies in any of these areas.


Assigned problems, two interval exams and Final, 25% each.  Student lecture presentations require a satisfactory evaluation for a passing course grade, Grades are expected to be in the range: A > 85 > B > 75 > C > 55 > D


  • Within certain restrictions, books and journals may be used to help with take-home tests but not the Internet, and assistance may not be sought from other students or faculty.
  • Tardiness and unexcused absence from class are unprofessional behaviors which should be avoided, but attendance will not be graded.
  • Electronic devices such as cell phones and pagers should be turned off in the classroom.
  • Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be made for students who present a memo from Student Disability Services.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct:

Expectations for academic integrity and student conduct are described in detail on the website of the Office of Student Judicial and Ethical Affairs(Student Accountability). Please take a look, in particular, at the sections about “Academic Dishonesty,” “Student Code of Conduct and Responsibilities,” and “Disruptive Behaviors.” I will expect students to be aware of these guidelines and to conduct themselves accordingly.

Reasonable and appropriate accommodations will be provided to students with disabilities who present a memo from Student Disability Services (SDS).  

Course Schedule

updated 16 February 2017

Course Notes

Section 1: Spectroscopy Theory

updated 19 January 2015

Section 2: Mass Spectroscopy 

updated 5 February 2015

Section 3: Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry 

updated 12 February 2015

Amino Acid Abbreviations

Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry Problem Set

updated 12 February 2015

Section 4: Infrared Spectroscopy 

updated 19 March  2015

Section 5: Proton NMR Spectroscopy

updated 19 March  2015

Section 6: Carbon and 2D NMR Spectroscopy

updated March 12, 2011

Section 7: Electronic Spectroscopy

updated 19 January 2015

CD Spectroscopy PowerPoint

Student PowerPoint Files






Neutron Diffraction


X-Ray Diffraction

Student Video Files









Neutron Diffraction SEM/TEM

X-Ray Diffraction


4416-6416 Assignments

4406 Documents

44-6406 Information and Guidelines

44-6406 2017 Spring schedule

4406 GC-MS procedure and background

4406 molecular formula determination from MS

GC-MS known structure grade scheme

GC-MS unknown structure grade scheme

updated 15 January 2017