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Graduate Program in Chemistry

Courses

Courses are offered subject to demand; not all courses will be offered in any one year.

 

CHEM 5010 3.0

Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry.
The topics selected represent significant advances in organic chemistry in recent years and hence necessarily change from year to year.

CHEM 5024 3.0

Structural Elucidation in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students in Chemistry to the use of high resolution NMR spectroscopy with the goal of complete structural elucidation of organic and organometallic compounds. The fundamentals of NMR as well as their mode of application to the solution of various chemical problems is discussed.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4024 3.0.

CHEM 5030 3.0

Mechanisms of Organic Reactions.
A course designed to present the more familiar organic reactions whose mechanisms have been most intensively investigated, as well as some less usual reactions which involve mechanistic points of fundamental interest.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4023 3.0.

CHEM 5031 3.0

Advanced Transition Metal Chemistry.
This course uses basic concepts of inorganic chemistry to address issues and solve problems related to synthetic organometallic chemistry. Topics  include major approaches and reaction types, reactivity studies and fluxional behaviour of organometallic complexes, and analytical methods to investigate these.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4031 3.0.

CHEM 5050 3.0

Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
This course attempts to organize the known reactions of organic chemistry into carbon-carbon bond forming and functional group interconverting types.  The techniques of synthetic planning are discussed with reference to selected published syntheses involving skeletal, stereochemical, and multi-stage synthetic examples.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4021 3.0.

CHEM 5092 3.0

X-Ray Crystallography

This course covers the theory and practice behind macromolecular structure determination using X-ray crystallographic methods, including crystallization, X-ray diffraction, data reduction, addressing the phase problem, structure refinement and validation, and recent advances in the field. Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4092 3.0.

CHEM 5110B 3.0

Instrumental Methods in Chemistry.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students in Chemistry to the use of modern techniques in NMR and mass spectroscopy.  The fundamentals as well as their mode of application to the solution of various chemical problems are discussed.

CHEM 5120 3.0 Frontiers in Electrochemistry.
This course will present selected aspects of modern surface electrochemistry, electrocatalysis and electroanalysis. It will introduce new methods and instrumentation employed to understand electrochemical processes at the molecular and atomic levels. This will include scanning probe methods (STM and AFM), IR spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4091 3.0.
CHEM 5170 3.0

Selected Topics in Chemical Physics.
Topics necessarily change from year to year.  Typical subject material includes a review of the role of fundamental chemical processes operative in the earth’s atmosphere and in combustion.  Modern laboratory methods applied to the study of these processes (e.g., flowing afterglow, time resolved spectroscopy, lasers) and their current limitations are discussed.

CHEM 5220 3.0

Magnetic Resonance Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry.
The theory and application of nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, nuclear quadrupole resonance, and Mossbauer spectroscopies to inorganic chemistry.
Prerequisites:  CHEM 5110B 3.0 and 5210 3.0.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4031 3.0.

CHEM 5260 3.0

Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry.
Topics selected represent significant advances in inorganic chemistry in recent years and hence necessarily change from year to year.

CHEM 5400A 3.0

General Biological Organic Chemistry.
An advanced course designed to survey chemical approaches to problems in biological organic chemistry.  Topics include the structural organization of biopolymers; kinetics, mechanisms of action and active sites of enzymes; biosynthesis of natural macromolecules including proteins, nucleic acids, and polysaccharides.

CHEM 5410 3.0 Biomolecular Interaction
This course covers advanced topics in biomolecular interactions including the role of affinity interactions in biology and technology, theory of affinity interactions, affinity methods, and advanced affinity probes
CHEM 5510 3.0

Quantum Mechanics.
The physical basis of quantum mechanics is discussed along with its evolution from classical mechanics and the old quantum theory.  The Schrödinger and Heisenberg treatments of simple physical phenomena involving particles and radiation with specific applications are chosen from important phenomena of physics and chemistry.

CHEM 5610 3.0

Recent Advances in Chemistry.
The course is designed to provide graduates in chemistry with a survey of modern developments in the field.  Modern experimental techniques are given special attention.

CHEM 5710 3.0

Chemistry of the Natural and Polluted Atmosphere.
A detailed study of atmospheric trace gases including stratospheric ozone, tropospheric oxidants, photochemical smog, and acid deposition.  Computer simulation of chemical reaction mechanisms will be used throughout the course.
Integrated with the undergraduate course Chemistry 4060 4.0.

CHEM 5730 3.0

Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry.
An examination of the role of particulates in the atmosphere, their origin, their impact on the atmosphere and removal mechanisms.  A similar examination of water droplets focusing on the important chemical processes taking place in the aqueous phase.

CHEM 5740 3.0

Selected Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry.
Specialized topics relevant to the chemistry of the atmosphere are presented.  Course content necessarily changes from year to year.  Sample topics include laboratory kinetic measurements relevant to atmospheric processes; modern methods for the determination of atmospheric composition; visualisation and analysis tools for the interpretation of field and modelled data; and the use of stable isotope analysis in atmospheric chemistry.

CHEM 6010 6.0 and 6010 3.0

MSc Review Essay.
Prerequisite:  the equivalent of two full graduate courses and permission of the Graduate Program Director.

CHEM
6020A 3.0,
6020B 3.0

MSc Research Evaluation.
Progress in research is assessed annually as described above (see MSc Course Requirements).

CHEM 6420 3.0

Advanced Topics in Bio-Organic Chemistry.
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with current developments in organic aspects of biological chemistry.  Content necessarily changes from year to year.  May be offered as a directed reading course.

CHEM
7020A 3.0,
7020B 3.0,
7020C 3.0,
7020D 3.0

PhD Research Evaluation.
Progress in research is assessed annually as described above (see PhD Course Requirements).