SubjectsSubjects(version: 953)
Course, academic year 2019/2020
Atomic Spectroscopy - S402005
Title: Atomic Spectroscopy
Guaranteed by: Department of Analytical Chemistry (402)
Faculty: Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Actual: from 2015 to 2019
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:5
E-Credits: winter s.:5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: Mestek Oto prof. Ing. CSc.
Kaňa Antonín doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Is interchangeable with: AM402001
Examination dates   Schedule   
In lectures, students learn about modern methods of trace element analysis based on the principles of atomic spectroscopy. Introductory part of the course is devoted to theoretical principles, the structure of the atom, energy transitions in the electron shell of atoms and basic structural elements used in atomic spectroscopy. The main part of the course comprises atomic absorption spectroscopy, which is currently the most widely used technique of elemental analysis. Students learn the used radiation sources, methods of atomization interference correction methods and some special approaches to the analysis (generation of volatile compounds, electrolytic deposition of analyte). Another series of lectures is devoted to emission spectral analysis, students will learn various methods of excitation spectra, such as spark, arc, glow discharge, plasma and laser. Attention is also paid to the atomic fluorescence spectroscopy, the X-ray, electron and mass spectroscopy. In the lectures on applications, students get acquainted with work in the trace lab, use of coupled techniques for speciation analysis, the methods of preparation of various types of samples (water, biological materials, ores and rocks) and the possibilities of using atomic spectroscopy techniques for in situ analysis. In the laboratory, students learn the practical application of some of these techniques (different types of atomic absorption spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy) for elemental analysis of major and trace amounts of elemets in rocks. Samples collected in areas Inter-university underground laboratory Josef Will be analyzed.
Last update: VED402 (18.09.2013)
Aim of the course

Students completing the course will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the methods of elemental analysis using optical spectroscopy (absorption, emission and fluorescence), X-ray spectrometry and mass spectrometry. They will be familiar with the various methods of sample preparation and problems of cleanness in trace laboratory.

Last update: VED402 (18.09.2013)

R: Cullen M.: Atomic Spectroscopy in Elemental Analysis, Blackwell, ISBN 1-84127-333-3

R: José A.C. Broekaert: Analytical Atomic Spectrometry with Flames and Plasmas, Wiley, ISBN 978-3-527-31282-5

Skripta (in Czech): Černohorský T., Jandera P.: Atomová spektroskopie, Univerzita Pardubice 1997. ISBN 80-7194-114-X

R: Ebdon L., Evans E.H., Fisher A.S., Hill S.J.: An Introduction to Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. Willey 1998, ISBN 978-0-471-97418-5

Last update: Mestek Oto (20.02.2018)
Learning resources

Last update: Mestek Oto (03.09.2013)
Requirements to the exam

Passing labs and acknowledgement of protocols by assistant professor.

An oral examination.

Student can use only two reparative terms.

Last update: VED402 (18.09.2013)

1. Structure of atoms, interaction of electrons with electromagnetic radiation

2. Basics of optics, construction of monochromators and polychromators

3. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS): light sources and detectors

4. AAS: flame and electrothermal atomization

5. AAS: interferences and background correction, optimization and signal processing

6. AAS: special techniques, hydride generation, determination of mercury

7. Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy,

8. Flame emission spectrometry, spectrography with spark and arc excitation, glow-discharge emission spectroscopy

9. Inductively coupled plasma and direct plasma optical emission spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

10. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

11. Sample preparation for trace elements’ analysis

12. Hyphenated techniques for trace elements’ speciation

13. X-ray fluorescence analysis

14. Electron spectroscopy, surface analysis

Last update: VED402 (18.09.2013)
Registration requirements

Basic knowledge of analytical chemistry

Last update: Mestek Oto (03.09.2013)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Konzultace s vyučujícími 0.5 14
Účast v laboratořích (na exkurzi nebo praxi) 1 28
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1.5 42
5 / 5 140 / 140
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Report from individual projects 50
Examination test 50