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Chemists have nowadays access to several different methods that can image the distribution of atoms and molecules on surfaces and in bulk volumes. Some of those methods are also useful in medicine, biotechnology and physics. As concerning basic principles, mathematical procedures, chemical selectivity, sensitivity, and spatial resolution there is an enormous variation. New methods and improvements appear constantly. Hence, the main goal of the course is to provide an initial insight into and overview of some of today’s most important imaging methods of which atomic force microscopy (AFM), NMR imaging (magnetic resonance imaging MRI), confocal microscopy and electron microscopy are treated in more detail.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KD2410 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes independent project work that can be chosen to be either experimental or theoretical in character.

Intended learning outcomes

After the completed course the student must be able to;

  • identify and explain the basic physical phenomena and mathematical principles that underlie different imaging methods such as AFM, MRI, confocal microscopy and electron microscopy.
  • identify, classify, and analyse the mathematical methods such as Fourier and Radon transformation that are used for producing and analysing images.
  • explain and calculate how the basic principles define the performance such as sensitivity and resolution of selected methods.
  • describe and exemplify the applications of selected methods in chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • identify and explain the choice of imaging methods most suitable for selected chemical problems.
  • perform selected imaging experiments.

Course Disposition

Lectures and classroom exercises.
Project presentation days (two half days), and experimental work in non-scheduled groups.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Admission requirements for independent students:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: 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; 4,5 credits)
Project work (PRO1; 1,5 credits)

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KD2410

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Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course have maximum 24 seats.