CHEM 760/7600 - Organic Materials

Semester: Winter 2022

Professor: D. Schipper | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo


CHEM 760: Organic Electronic Materials Synthesis will familiarize students with modern techniques that are used to synthesize organic electronic materials (conjugated molecules and polymers). Methods to be introduced include Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions (Suzuki, Stille, Sonagashira etc.), other catalytic and stoichiometric techniques (Yamamoto, Kumada, Gilch etc.), oxidative polymerization (chemical and electrochemical) and C-H bond activation strategies. The methods will be discussed within the context of the properties and potential applications of the resulting materials such as organic photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors.

The course will provide a basic understanding of the operating principles behind organic electronic devices. The characterizations of conjugated materials will also be discussed. Much of the class will address the synthetic strategy of generating various conjugated materials.


-Understand the basic operating principles of organic electronic devices and learn about their benefits and drawbacks.

-Discover what types of organic materials are actively deployed in these applications and how they are characterized.

-Learn about the reactions and mechanisms that are used to assemble these materials.

-Learn about different synthetic approaches towards a variety of conjugated materials.


Lecture notes and handouts


Quiz questions: 20% of final grade. This will involve solving weekly/biweekly quiz questions as well as preparing quiz problems for other students to solve. Students will be required to write between 1-4 problem sets during the semester. Students may be evaluated on the quality of the problems they provide.

Research paper: 20% of final grade. Students a 1-page research summary on topics of their own choosing that has also been agreed upon with the instructor.

Midterm exam: 25% of final grade. Exam will be held in class on Friday October 11th, 2019.

Comprehensive final exam: 35% of final grade. Exam will be held in class on Friday November 22nd, 2019.

The final grade will be calculated as follows:

  • A student’s aggregate final grade for the weighted course elements will be determined.
  • If a student fails to complete any/all of the course elements, the grade awarded (i.e. DNW, INC, IP) will be consistent with the University guidelines regarding the specifics of the situation.


Students are expected to regularly attend class and participate in discussion. Students will be periodically required to make question and answer sets based on the topics being discussed in class for their piers to solve. Though time requirements beyond in-class time will not be extensive, students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one hour per hour of class time reviewing course material.


  • Tue: 7:00 pm - 9:20 pm in C2 278/MacN 203

Office Hours

Office C2-260B, x39524, [email protected]) Office hours: none scheduled. Appointments can be made via email or in person.