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Atoms and Molecules: Labs

The module aims to equip students with the practical skills required for the analysis and engineering of atomic and molecular systems, with an emphasis on biomolecules.

You will learn to solve scientific problems in this area by integrating concepts and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry and computing, with the underlying mathematics serving as a common language.

After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the hands-on practical skills required to perform experimental tests of tractable scientific questions, especially about the structures, functions and reactions of the molecular building blocks of living systems.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of safety rules and an ability to work safely
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately record experimental procedures and results, in appropriate detail, using open source electronic notebooks
  • Use computational data analysis techniques and statistical approaches to analyse data
  • Access and use the scientific literature effectively
  • Interpret and explain experimental data relating to the chemistry of life, the self-organisation of biological molecules, and the properties of light.
  • Demonstrate the writing skills required to report experimental results in the format of a scientific paper, including the ability to write an abstract, to write a short critical review of the relevant literature, present results in an appropriate format and detail with appropriate statistics, discuss the results and frame a clear conclusion.

Course leader
Masanori Mishima



6 weeks (48 hours of laboratory sessions, including time spent in analysis and write up)

Teaching methods
Supervised lab work

3 x laboratory reports, to be submitted at the end of each 2-week block.