CH-315 / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Smit Berend

Langue: Anglais

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


In this course we give a hands-on introduction on the use of modeling and data in chemistry. After an introduction in the different tools used by computational chemists, we discuss three topics in more detail molecular simulation of adsorption, data in chemistry, and machine learning.



Molecular simulation, Machine Learning, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, data

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

The course assumes elementary knowledge of:

  • computer programming in Phython (see Information, Computation, Communication
  • Thermodynamics of adsorption (see Physical chemistry of interfaces CH-341)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Formulate whether or not machine learning will be useful approach for a particular problem
  • Carry out a simple machine learning study
  • Formulate how to compute thermodynamic and transport properties from molecular simulation
  • Carry out a molecular simulation based screening study
  • Formulate how to best store data
  • Carry out storage of chemical data in well-defined formats

Transversal skills

  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools
  • Collect data.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.

Teaching methods

The course will be carried out completely online. All modules are taught in flipped classroom format. Details can be found on the Moodle page. There will also be a Slack channel dedicated for the course where the TAs are available for support.

Each module consists of three parts:

  1. Preparation: We have recorded all the theory in the form of a sequence of 10-20 min YouTube videos. Each video is followed by a quiz and you can only go to the next video if you have answered 80% of the questions correctly. We expect that these videos and quizzes will be completed before the module starts.
  2. Instructions: (day 1) this will be hands-on exercises there will be joined Zoom sessions in which the material will be discussed. Students are expected to submit results before each of these Zoom sessions.
  3. Project: (day 2) the methodology of the theme will be used in the form of a project. This project will be done in collaboration and a report is expected.

Expected student activities

The students are expected:

  • to watch the videos and carry out the test before the modules start
  • for each joined Zoom session prepare at least one question
  • submit (partial) results during the instruction sessions
  • to collaborate on the projects and write a report

Assessment methods

The mark will be: 50% Zoom participation (submission of intermediate results during the Zoom sessions) and 50% reports of the projects.


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes


Moodle Link

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Modeling lab
  • TP: 4 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Type: obligatoire
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Modeling lab
  • TP: 4 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Type: obligatoire

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