2017-2018 / CHIM0202-2

Physical Chemistry


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (60 ECTS)4 crédits 


Christian Damblon, Bernard Leyh


Bernard Leyh

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Key-concepts of modern physical chemistry are introduced in the frame of various topics oriented towards the applications of physical chemistry in material sciences (B. Leyh, 18 hours) and biomolecular chemistry (C. Damblon, 12 hours):

  • Macromolecular behaviour: from the molecular structure to phase diagrams
  • Structure of biomolecules
  • Spectroscopic approaches to structure elucidation of biomolecules
  • Statistical physics of polymer chains and behaviour in dilute, semi-dilute and concentrated solutions
  • Polymer visco-elastic behaviour

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to apply the basic ideas of physical chemistry to account for the structural and thermodynamical behaviour of matter, in particular, modern materials and biomolecules. Making the link between molecular properties and the macroscopic observations will be an important aspect in their way of thinking.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is based on the essential mathematical, physical and chemical concepts taught during the bachelor studies in physics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

There is no practical laboratory work associated with this course. Selected experimental demonstrations may be presented during the theoretical lectures.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

30 hours theoretical lectures (each lecture lasts 3 hours with break)

Recommended or required readings

Copies of slides will be made available.
Textbook (for the lectures taught by B. Leyh): Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules, G. Patterson, CRC Press (2007)

Assessment methods and criteria

The theoretical competences are assessed during an oral (B. Leyh) and a written (C. Damblon) examination. The students may consult their lecture notes/reference textbook during these assessments.
To obtain a grade of at least 8/20, it is required to reach at least 8/20 in both parts of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Christian Damblon Department of Chemistry, Building B6c 4000 Liège 1 (Sart Tilman) Phone: +32 (0)4 3663788 e-mail: C.Damblon@ulg.ac.be
Bernard Leyh Department of Chemistry, Building B6c (office R77) 4000 Liège 1 (Sart Tilman) Phone : +32 (0)4 3663425 e-mail : Bernard.Leyh@ulg.ac.be