The Group of Thermooptical and Photothermal Spectroscopy
of Dr. Mikhail A. Proskurnin

Teaching Activities

Teaching Activities

A chapter on thermal lensing and related [calorimetric] methods written by Dr. M. A. Proskurnin and late Prof. V. K. Runov is included in the primary textbook on analytical chemistry ---“ANALITICHESKAYA KHIMIYA“, Ed. Yu. A. Zolotov, publishers "Vysshaya Shkola" - 1998] for all Russian universities, technical universities and specialized colleges. The chapter discusses the fundamentals of thermooptical methods, the main principles of its analytical and physicochemical applications, the optical-scheme design of the instrumentation, and the variety of thermooptical methods. Major attention is focussed on thermal lensing as the method that gained much acceptance in the analytical practice

Thermal lensing is included in the curriculum and the course of lectures on Analytical Chemistry for the second-year students of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department. The data of the curriculum are similar to the rubrics in the textbook (main physical phenomena being the basis of photothermal phenomena and corresponding photothermal methods, the characteristics, analytical parameters and the variety of thermooptical methods, etc.). 200-250 students per year

Two special courses for undergraduate students (fourth year) include thermal lensing as obligatory material for students specialized in Analytical Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department,“Chromatography and Capilary Electrophoresis” (from 1996), 20-30 students per year and “Analytical Kinetics / Enzymatic Kinetics” (from 1995), 20-30 students per year.

The curriculum for graduate students (fifth year) specialized in Analytical Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department, includes special lectures and laboratory practical studies on Photothermal Spectrometry (from 1996). The short lecture course is more an in-depth review of current advances, achievements, and applications of thermooptical spectroscopy and the developments of our working group.

From 1988, the group proposes short-term experimental studies in the field of thermooptical spectroscopy (so-called "course papers") for second-year students. The study includes solving some particular problems on analytical thermooptical spectroscopy (to develop a certain procedure, to optimise the optical scheme, etc.). This study continues from January to May, took place in the laboratory of the group using its equipment and the result is presented as a printed paper and defended to a special commission of the Analytical Chemistry Division. This paper is obligatory for the promotion to the next course of the University. 4-6 students per year (65 students so far).

From 1990,  the group is focused in training graduate students specialized in thermoopical spectrometry. Their studies (defended as diploma papers to a State Commission at the end of the education in the University) takes 1.5 years and is an in-depth self-made scientific research on a particular problem (sometimes supported with a grant). The results are usually published as scientific paper(s) in referred journals. 1-3 students per year (27 students so far).

From 1990, the group is included at the list of laboratories of the post-graduate school ("aspirantura") of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department. This three-year course includes more thorough education on analytical chemistry with a focus of one particular direction. The result of this school is a diploma of "Research Chemist" and (not always) a Candidate of Science Dissertation, which should be a contribution to a discipline under study. 1-2 students per year(7 students so far).

From 1998, the laboratory is officially included in the list and participated in The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience ( IAESTE) international program for student-research exchange. Our group proposes short-term (1-2 months) acquaintance course on thermooptical spectroscopy for students in chemistry and other natural sciences including some lectures and experimental research work. 1 student per year (2 students so far).

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