Chemistry 311: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

Course Level: 
Third Year
Academic Year: 

Session: Winter

Instructor: Dr. Russ Algar 
Office Hours: TBD

Teaching Assistant: TBD


There is no textbook for this course in 2020/21.

Previous iterations of the course have used the textbook Principles of Instrumental Analysis by Skoog, Holler & Crouch (6th ed). Any recent edition of this book is a potentially useful supplemental resource but is by no means required.

Course Description

CHEM 311 is an introduction to instrumental chemical analysis. The prerequisite is CHEM 211. The content to be covered is described in this course outline. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how an analytical instrument works with reference to basic chemical and physical principles.
  • Compare the strengths and limitations of analytical methods and instruments based on performance and practical considerations.
  • Design an appropriate analytical strategy for the quantitative or qualitative analysis of a complex sample based on the problem requirements.
  • Predict how changes in a sample or in experimental parameters will affect the results of a measurement.
  • Draw and label a block diagram of an analytical instrument that includes the details of key components, and explain the function of each component.
  • Evaluate analytical data to make a recommendation on a relevant problem.

Lecture Topics

  1. Introduction to instrumental analysis
  2. Spectrometric Instruments and Methods
    1. Properties of Light
    2. Intro to spectrometry
    3. Wavelength selectors
    4. Molecular Spectroscopy
    5. Atomic Spectroscopy
    6. Mass Spectrometry
  3. Electrochemistry
  4. Separations
    1. Capillary electrophoresis
    2. Review of Chromatography
    3. GC
    4. HPLC
    5. SFC&E