Supramolecular Chemistry


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To introduce the students to supramolecular chemistry with focus on the physical chemistry of molecular interactions.

The course includes lectures and theoretical assignments, including

  • The basic concepts of supramolecular chemistry
  • Intermolecular forces and equilibrium considerations
  • Thermodynamics and solvent effects
  • Cation-and anion-specific ligands
  • The supramolecular chemistry of biological systems
  • The self-organization of molecules
  • Self-assembly of macromolecules and polymers
  • Experimental assessment and computational modelling of molecular interactions

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain the principles of design of artificial ligands
  • Relate similarities and differences of intra- and intermolecular forces of large molecules and aggregates
  • Describe the thermodynamics of molecular interactions and account for the importance of solvents and additives on the strength of molecular interactions


  • Apply theories and methods for analysis of molecular interactions
  • Apply experimental and computational models in the study of molecular interactions


  • Predict the molecular interactions of macromolecules and their implications on macroscopic behaviour

Type of instruction

The program is based on a combination of academic, problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organized based on the following work and evaluation methods that combine skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Workshop exercises (individually and in groups) 
  • Project work and exercises in labs 
  • Teacher feedback

Extent and expected workload

150 timer



Name of examSupramolecular Chemistry
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleSupramolekylær kemi
Module codeK-KEM-K2-22
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersF


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science