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ATM358 Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics, 5 cr 
Code ATM358  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Atmospheric photochemistry and reaction kinetics  Abbreviation Atmospheric pho 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Aerosol Physics
    2. Study Track in Atmospheric Chemistry and Analysis

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


Toward the end of the studies, after taking at least ATM306, and ideally also other related chemistry and physics courses.

Planned to be lectured every second year if possible, first lectures planned for spring 2019

The course will be lectured in the III period.

Learning outcomes 
  • You will understand the features of atmospheric photochemical reactions, and be able to interpret photochemical and spectroscopic data related to atmospheric chemical reactions
  • You will understand and be able to apply spin selection rules to atmospheric chemical and photochemical reactions
  • You will understand and be able to apply reaction kinetic tools to atmospheric chemical reactions
  • You will have an in-depth understanding of oxidation reaction chains in the troposphere, and be able to use these to interpret e.g. air quality data.
Completion methods 

Lectures, exercises and exam, possible laboratory visits.


ATM306 Basics of atmospheric chemistry

Recommended optional studies 

ATM307 Atmospheric and aerosol chemistry

  • Principles of photochemistry
  • Photochemical reactions in the atmosphere
  • Spin and other selection rules, fundamental features of spectroscopy as applied to atmospheric chemistry
  • Reaction kinetic and reaction dynamic tools 
  • Tropospheric oxidation chains (also relevant to combustion chemistry)
Study materials and literature 

There is no official coursebook. Lecture notes will be distributed via Moodle.

For deeper understanding, any of the following books could be useful. Jacob’s book is freely available online (though a bit old by now). Holloway & Wayne especially recommended as a relatively cheap and modern introductory book.

• D. J. Jacob: Introduction to atmospheric chemistry, Princetown Univ. Press, 1999. (Available online:

• J. H. Seinfeld & S.N. Pandis: Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 2nd/3rd ed, Wiley, 2006/2016

• R. P. Wayne: Chemistry of atmospheres, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2000

• A. M. Holloway, R. P. Wayne: Atmospheric Chemistry, RSC Publishing, 2010

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Final exam (individual). Total hours 130.

Assessment practices and criteria 

Final grade is based on exercises (40%) and final exam (60%).


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