Course Offerings: Waterloo

CHEM 720/7200 - Introduction to Experimental Design and Chemometrics

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: T. Gorecki | Discipline: Analytical | Campus: Waterloo
Experimentation is one of the foundational pillars of science. Any theoretical hypothesis that is formulated must ultimately be proved or disproved by experiments. While the scientific method is generally intuitively understood by researchers, not all of them fully realize how various controllable and uncontrollable factors might affect their results. Also, the approach to experimentation is often far from optimal. The course will try to fill these voids by exploring the areas mentioned ...

CHEM 731/7310-01 - Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: T. Dieckmann | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
Course Description: This course covers the basics of biomolecular NMR spectroscopy and its application to protein and nucleic acid structure determination. Among the topics discussed are: • Basics of NMR spectroscopy • Spectrometer hardware • Types of pulse sequences and their application • Extracting NMR parameters from spectra • Types and use of software for the analysis of NMR spectra and structure calculation/analysis • ...

CHEM 740/7400-01 - Computational Chemistry

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: M. Nooijen | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
This course will provide a practical guide to quantum chemical calculations. The course will be held mainly in a computer lab setting, with students performing calculations under guidance of the instructor. In addition the lecture material will cover main topics in computational chemistry. A major component of the course is the computational research project. Each student in the class follows an individual trajectory, based on their interests and their choice of research project. The ...

CHEM 740/7400-02 / QIC 890 - Spin-Based Quantum Information Processing

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: J.D. Baugh | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
Subtitle: Semiconductor nanostructures, quantum transport and quantum information This course is inspired by recent experimental advances in the field of quantum information processing (QIP), especially electron spin qubits realized in semiconductor nanostructures. It will begin by covering the fundamentals of semiconductor material properties and physics, followed by quantum transport, spin effects, quantum dots and QIP. The course aims to enable students to fully comprehend the ...

CHEM 764/7640 - Synthetic Organic Reactions

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: J.M. Chong | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo
This course will focus on synthetic methods in organic chemistry and will cover aspects of organic synthesis ranging from basic principles to state-of-the-art examples drawn from the current literature. Topics will include: Selectivity in synthesis: regioselectivity, stereoselectivity and chemoselectivity Kinetic and thermodynamic control Protecting groups Retrosynthetic analysis, synthons and disconnections Functional group ...

CHEM 750/7500 - Quantum Sensing: Methods & Applications

Semester: Fall 2019 Professor: D. Cory | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
Quantum mechanics is the ultimate law of nature and when devices are engineered to operate at the quantum limit then efficiencies can be reached that exceed those of any possible classical device.  For sensing, this leads to gains in sensitivity, resolution, and selectivity.  We will explore the origins of this quantum benefit, the coherent controls necessary to achieve benefits, and potential applications.  We will introduce methodologies for sensing and modalities for quantum sensing.  ...

CHEM 713/7130 - Chemistry of Inorganic Solid State Materials

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: H. Kleinke | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Waterloo
This course is concerned with the relations between crystal structure and electronic structure. The major goal is to understand and be able to predict materials properties solely based on the structure. Basic knowledge of simple solid state structures (e.g. NaCl, TiO2, CdI2, NiAs, MoS2 etc.) is highly recommended. Structure/materials families will comprise Zintl phases, metals, semiconductors, superconductors, and (Mott) insulators. Topics ...

CHEM 731/7310-01 - Structure and Function of Nucleic Acids

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: T. Dieckmann | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
This course covers advanced topics in structure and function of nucleic acids. Among the topics discussed are: Basic principles of DNA and RNA chemistry, biochemistry and structure Analytical methods used for the study of nucleic acids Biochemical methods for the study of nucleic acids including SELEX Structure determination of nucleic acids by NMR spectroscopy Nucleic acids in medical applications Nucleic acid ...

CHEM 750/7500-04 - Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: G. Sciaini | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
This course provides an overview of laser fundamentals and the application of ultrashort optical and electron pulses in femtosecond pump-probe methods. The course will cover fundamentals related to classical description of light, electromagnetic waves, propagation of light in vacuum and matter, and light-matter interaction. The quantum nature of light (photon), its interaction with laser media, conditions for lasing (population inversion), generation of optical and electron pulses, ...

CHEM 7500-05 / NANO 701-702 - Nanoscale Surfaces/Interfaces & Spectro-microscopy

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
I.  Surfaces and Interfaces  Surfaces and interfaces are integral part of all materials, and play a key role in many scientific and technological processes. Surfaces and interfaces are important in semiconductor industry, device fabrication, catalysis, medical diagnosis and treatment, and nanoscience and nanotechnology in general. Due to the reduced sizes of nanostructures, surfaces make up a very large portion of nanomaterials. The objective of this course is to ...

CHEM 770/7700 - Principles of Polymer Science: Polymer Materials

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
Basic definitions: Monomers, polymers, polymerization reactions. Polymer structure, nomenclature. Molecular weight distributions and average molecular weights. Chain conformations: End-to-end distance, radius of gyration, molecular dimensions, excluded volume. Molecular weight measurements: Colligative properties, osmometry, light scattering, viscosity, gel permeation chromatography. Step-growth polymerization. Types of reactions. Reactivity, kinetics. ...

CHEM 773/7730-01 - Polymer Properties and Polymerization

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
Refresher on basic concepts: Homopolymers vs. copolymers, molecular weight distributions and averages, polydispersity, free radical addition polymerization. Emulsion polymerization: Initiators, surfactants and other components. Polymerization rate and molecular weight control. Copolymerization equation, monomer reactivity ratios. Types of behaviors: random, alternating, blocky copolymers. Integrated copolymerization equation. Copolymer microstructure. Multicomponent ...

CHEM 773/7730-02 - Living Polymerization Techniques

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
The course will introduce the synthesis and supramolecular chemistry of polymers. Living polymerization techniques for designed synthesis of block copolymers will be discussed first, including anionic and living free radical polymerization. Subsequently, we will discuss the assembling behavior of block copolymers in solution. This discussion includes how to design nanostructures and the potential applications of them as nanomaterial. Finally, we will learn the current research interests in ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Asymmetric Synthesis of Amino Acids and Total Synthesis of Complete Peptide-Based Natural Products

Semester: Spring 2020 Professor: S. Taylor | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo
Topics covered: peptides as drugs, asymmetric synthesis of common and uncommon amino acids; solution phase, solid phase, and liquid phase peptide synthesis, total synthesis of complex peptide-based natural products such as pipecolidepsin A, yaku’amide A, vioprolide, phomopsin, cyclomarin, bottromycin, lacticin 3147 etc.; and total synthesis of proteins via native chemical ligation. ...