CH600 Organic Chemistry IV: Advanced Organic Synthesis 0.5 creditThis course deals with special topics in organic synthesis. Topics may include, but not be limited to, synthesis and reactivity of heterocycles, chemistry of carbenes, olefination reactions, organo-main-group chemistry, stereoselective reactions and asymmetric synthesis.
CH601 Topics in Organic Synthesis 0.5 creditThis course will cover selected modern topics in organic synthesis not covered in CH600. The focus will be on synthetic method development highlighted by applications in target-directed synthesis.
CH602 Green Methods in Organic Synthesis 0.5 creditAn increased demand for clean and efficient methods in organic synthesis has had a profound impact on academia and industry in recent years. This course will review historical aspects of industrial organic synthesis, highlighted by examples from the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, and survey recent developments in methodology that aim to lessen the environmental impact of large-scale organic synthesis. Topics may include but not be limited to catalysis, ionic liquids and supercritical CO2 as solvents for organic synthesis, and fluorous and microwave technologies.
CH603 Aromatic Synthesis 0.5 creditThis course will cover methods for the preparation of functionalized aromatic compounds. Topics will include electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution, directed ortho and remote metalation, and transition-metal mediated cross coupling chemistry, with a particular emphasis on mechanism.
CH611 Surface Photocatalysis: Principles and Applications 0.5 creditSurface photocatalysis using titanium dioxide (TiO2) is increasingly becoming an attractive area of environmental research and beyond. TiO2-based materials are being used in the treatment of contaminated air and water, the manufacturing self-cleaning materials, the improvement of air quality, and to increase energy efficiency. This course will cover the fundamentals of photocatalysis, advances in the synthesis of photocatalytic materials, and novel applications of photocatalysis in areas related to environmental sustainability and energy conversion.
CH613 Advanced Quantum Chemistry 0.5 creditThis course develops the principles of quantum chemistry and considers the fundamentals of both wavefunction and density based approaches. In addition, topics that may be considered include angular momentum, group theory, nondegenerate, degenerate and time-dependent perturbation theory, valence bond theory, molecular orbital theory and variational theory.
CH614 Statistical Thermodynamics 0.5 creditThis course develops the principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics and their integration into statistical thermodynamics. Topics to be considered include ensembles and partition functions, molecular mechanics and Monte Carlo methods, correlation functions, transport coefficients, Brownian motion and chemical kinetics.
CH621 Chemometrics 0.5 creditChemists, biochemists and chemical biologists need to understand the mathematical basis for models that describe chemical systems and as experimental scientists they need to understand statistics as applied to interpreting chemical data. In this course the emphasis is on describing chemical systems using mathematical notation and on using statistics to interpret chemical systems given these mathematical models. The emphasis is not on solving mathematical problems. Solution to problems will be done using available computer software. Examples will be selected from areas of interest to the students but could include genomics, bioinformatics, kinetics, mixture resolution techniques, principal component analysis, multiple linear regression, experimental design, parameter optimization, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics and environmental problems.
CH622 Aquatic Geochemistry 0.5 creditAquatic geochemistry involves application of the principles of chemistry to processes in aquatic environments. Environmental processes can be natural or anthropogenic. In this course the primary focus will be in understanding processes in aquatic system using chemical equilibrium and kinetics. Topics will include properties and composition of natural waters, chemical reactions in aqueous systems, acidity and alkalinity of water, redox equilibria in natural waters, microorganisms as catalysts of aquatic chemical reactions, water pollution and treatment and reactivity at mineral surfaces.
CH631 Organometallic Chemistry in Catalysis 0.5 creditThis course is an introduction to structural transformations on transition metals of importance to organic synthesis (topics of interest: important ligands; coordinated ?-bonds: ?2-H2 and ?2-CH; catalytic C–H bond activation; catalytic hydrogenation; cross-coupling reactions: catalytic C–C bond formation; olefin metathesis; olefin oxidation; ?-allyl chemistry; olefin polymerization). Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between structure and properties of metal complexes and their catalytic activity.
This course focuses on applications of DFT calculations in organic and inorganic chemistry (topics of interest: structure optimization and reaction energies, transition states and reaction kinetics, calculations of IR and NMR spectra, atomic charges, molecular orbitals, potential energy scans, solvent effects). This course is taught from an experimental chemists’ perspective and deals with practical chemical problems. An integral part of the course is the use of computational chemistry programs (e.g., Gaussian, GaussView).
CH632 Applied Computational Chemistry 0.5 credit
CH640 Topics in Nanomaterials and Biomaterials 0.5 creditA comprehensive overview of two important classes of modern technological materials. Specific topics will cover nanoparticles, nanostructures (such as carbon nanotubes and molecular wires), self-assembly, biocompatible materials and material aspects of biosensors.
CH641 Nanochemistry 0.5 creditThe course will present chemical aspects of the nanoscience. The chemical approach to synthesis of nanomaterials and application of nanoscale objects as building blocks of modern materials will be systematically explored. Course topics include nanoclusters & quantum dots, diversity of nanoshapes, chemical micropatterning, self-assembly, functional polymers, etc.
CH642 Advanced Topics in Colloidal Chemistry 0.5 creditColloidal chemistry forms a critical link between atomic and molecular science and the macroscopic world. Advanced aspects of colloidal chemistry as an integrative chemistry discipline will be discussed. The discussion will start with amphiphiles, monolayers, micelles. Colloidal aspects of biological membranes will be considered. Other topics will include colloidal stability, sols and microemulsions.
CH643 Supramolecular ChemistryThis course is a survey of the principles of supramolecular chemistry, and will include intermolecular interactions, host-guest chemistry, self-assembly, surface assembly, crystal engineering, and supramolecular materials. Supramolecular chemistry is a field that draws on several of the traditional subdisciplines of chemistry, and the course will use current literature examples that reflect the diversity of the subject.
CH645 Environmental Heterogeneous Catalysis 0.5 creditEnvironmental heterogeneous catalysis is the science that studies surface catalyzed reactions in natural systems, chemical industry and emissions control. This course covers topics on the thermodynamics and kinetics of surface catalyzed reactions. The principle operations of surface science techniques will also be introduced. Advances in current research in environmental catalysis will be discussed as well.
CH651 Advanced Biophysical Chemistry 0.5 creditBasic concepts and recent literature on selected topics such as structures of biomolecules, thermodynamics of biochemical processes in solution and physical methods for characterization of biomolecules are introduced, reviewed and discussed.
CH652 Membrane Transport and Cellular Communication 0.5 creditTopics on structure and function of biological membranes and membrane proteins, principles and mechanisms of signal transduction, transport of ions and molecules across membranes and chemical communication between cells are introduced and discussed by reviewing the recent literature.
CH671 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry I 0.5 creditWeekly research seminars presented by graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers. Students must present at least one seminar based on their thesis research prior to their thesis defence scheduling. Evaluated as Cr/NCr.
Weekly research seminars presented by graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers. Students must present at least one seminar based on their thesis research prior to their thesis defence scheduling.
CH672 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry II 0.5 credit
CH673 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry III 0.5 creditWeekly research seminars presented by graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers. Students must present at least one seminar based on their thesis research prior to their thesis defence scheduling.
CH674 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry IV 0.5 credit
research seminars presented by graduate students, faculty, and invited
speakers. Students must present at least one seminar based on their
thesis research prior to their thesis defence scheduling.
Graded based on student attendance records (CH671, CH672, CH673 and CH674) and seminar presentation.