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KD2360 Quantum Chemistry 9.0 credits

The course consists of two parts. The essential quantum mechanics that is required later is covered in the first part. The basic quantum mechanical principles and their applications to model systems once mentioned in the basic course are discussed in detail. Approximative methods are introduced. The interaction between electromagnetic radiation and molecules is discussed which then leads to the basic principles of various optical (such as infrared and Raman) spectroscopies.

Methods of quantum chemical calculations and their applications in chemistry and biochemistry are treated in the second part of the course. The Hartree-Fock method, its theoretical background and implementation but also post-Hartree-Fock methods and the density functional theory are described and discussed. Their application for calculating molecular properties such as energies, molecular geometries, vibrational spectra and features of chemical reactions is introduced and illustrated. This part of the course includes quantum-chemical calculation assignments where a modern quantum chemical software package is used for computing molecular properties and chemical reactions.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KD2360 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course introduces basic concepts and methods of quantum chemistry.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe in detail the formalism of quantum mechanics, relate to and summarize the concepts of quantum mechanics in order to define, calculate and explain the behavior of quantum mechanical model systems.
  • Describe, explain and apply basic quantum chemical theory for atomic and molecular many-electron systems to the computation of molecular properties, chemical reactivity and molecular spectroscopy.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in engineering or in sciences including 75 credits in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 credits mathematics and/or programming. English B/6.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laborations, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1; 6 credits)
Laboratory work (LAB1; 3 credits)

Final grade will be the same than the grade from the written/oral examination

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course has the same content as the course KD2040 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy.

Only one of the courses KD2360 and KD2040 may be included in the exam.