2017-2018 / CHIM9246-2

Chemical analysis : instrumental techniques


28h Th, 40h Pr, 4h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Georges Lognay, Philippe Maesen


Philippe Maesen

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

LECTURES (Hybrid course): in French Electroanalytical chemistry : voltammetry, polarography, potentiometry and conductimetry.Atomic emission spectrometry (flame). Atomic absorption spectrometry (principles, technical description and applications). Cases analysis, Food and agri-environmental applications. Theoretical aspects of separation techniques in analytical chemistry. Distillation - Liquid/liquid extraction - Basic principles of the separation by column chromatography - Instrumentation and applications of gas chromatography and of HPLC - SPME sampling . Case studies.
SEMINARS : Introduction to Near Infra-red spectrometry and Plasma atomic emission spectrometry. Practical works : LABORATORY EXERCISES in quantitative electrochemical analysis, Atomic emission and absorption spectrometry and chromatography ( GLC and HPLC). LECTURES (Hybrid course): in English ( see also synopsis LANG2954-1) Introduction to ICP-MS ( 2h ) Group work ( 2 students): bibliographic research on the ICP-MS analysis of one element (analysis, application and comparison with other analytical techniques) Final presentation (3 pages) on the methodology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To provide the student with an introduction to the principles of instrumental analysis (electrochemistry, molecular and atomic spectrometry) with special attention to their strengths and performances. After completing the course the student is expected to - demonstrate a good knowledge of the principles of qualitative and quantitative electrochemical  spectrophotometric (atomic) and chromatographic methods of analysis; - develop a practical know-how in electrochemistry,  spectrophotometry, GLC and HPLC; - evaluate the experimental data; - understand the theoretical and practical aspects of near infrared spectrometry and ICP-MS
The course focuses on classical and modern techniques to separate analytes in analytical chemistry. After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to :- Describe the separation techniques which have been seen during the course.- Argue the choice of the best technique to separate various analytes from different complex matrixes.- Understand the theoretical principles of separation for each technique seen during the course.- Discuss about case studies including the theoretical aspects of the course.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

CHIM9242-4 - Fundamentals of quantitative analytical chemistry
CHIM9238-3 - Analytical chemistry
CHIM9255-3 - Organic chemistry
CHIM9239 - Biological chemistry
BIOL2019-1 - Theoretical and physical chemistry applied to structural analysis of biomolecules

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Face-to-face lectures and laboratory exercices, personal work
It is mandatory to attend all seminars and  laboratory exercises.

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

Lectures : 32h Laboratory work : 40h Seminars : 4h

Recommended or required readings

Course notes with printed slides. Recommended book : "Chimie analytique" of Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch, 8th edition, De Boeck (2012). ISBN 978-2-8041-6295-5
Skoog, Holler et Nieman (2003). Principes d'analyse instrumentale; 1ère Edition; Editions De Boeck Université, ISBN 2-7445-0112-3." Notes de TP de Chimie analytique quantitative. Electrochimie et méthode optique d'analyse",
 Lecture notes, Copy of the didactical supports (available on e-campus, Blackboard plateform)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (60%)- Practical works : laboratory (35%) - Individual work in ICP-MS (5%).

Work placement(s)

No training

Organizational remarks


Lognay Georges (Prof.Ordinaire) +32 81 62 22 20, georges.lognay@ulg.ac.be
Heuskin Stéphanie (1ère assistante)+32 81 62 22 23 stephanie.heuskin@ulg.ac.be
Dermience Michaël (Assistant) +81 62 22 21 m.dermience@ulg.ac.be