Course Offerings

CHEM 710/7100-01 - Chemistry Manuscript Writing

Semester: Spring 2020 Professor: K. Preuss | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
Pre-requisites:          CHEM*7940 or CHEM*7950; Minimum grade 75% This is a workshop-style course designed to coach students through writing a manuscript for publication by participating in an iterative peer-review process. Students must have sufficient original, unpublished research, and permission from their supervisor, to write a manuscript for submission to a journal. Alternatively, students must arrive with a well-formed plan for an original literature ...

CHEM 710/7100-02 - Advanced Main Group Chemistry

Semester: Spring 2020 Professor: M. Denk | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
The course material will be distributed through course link and via e-mail. The main body of the course will be formed by one power point presentation, problem sets based on recent literature, and one review written in the style of Accounts of Chemical Research. The topics will be taken from the fields of synthetic and theoretical main group chemistry excluding solids. Students are expected to have access to Gaussian or a comparable computational package. ...

CHEM 712/7120 - X-Ray Crystallography

Semester: Spring 2020 Professor: D. Soldatov | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
Introduction into chemical crystallography and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The course provides basic theoretical background for understanding crystal structures and other XRD data reported in the literature and databases. The course also covers theoretical and practical aspects of the XRD analysis, including interaction of X-rays with matter, theoretical description of diffraction, experimental methods, instrumentation, preparation of samples, and the usage of software. ...

CHEM 731/7310 - Python Programming for Scientific Data Analysis

Semester: Spring 2020 Professor: M. Palmer | Discipline: Biochemistry |
Python is a general-purpose programming language that has come to be widely used in the scientific community. Accordingly, there exist many “code libraries” — building blocks that a practicing scientist can use for various common tasks such as molecular visualization, image processing, or “number crunching” and data analysis. This course is aimed at beginners, but not at slackers – we will start from scratch, but we will aim to arrive at ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Asymmetric Synthesis of Amino Acids and Total Synthesis of Complex 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. ...

CHEM 710/7100 - Spectroscopy on Defective Solids

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: R. Smith | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 731/7310 - Polysaccharides

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: M. Monteiro | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
CHEM 731(0) covers the physical and immunogenic aspects of plant, microbial and mammalian polysaccharides, and their application in therapeutics and vaccines. The main body of the course will be formed by in-class oral presentations and problem sets based on recent literature. Students will deliver in-depth analyses of articles describing the latest science in the fields of polysaccharide structure, biology, immunology and experimental methodology. ...

CHEM 750/7500-01 - Coherent Control Methods

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: D. Cory | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 750/7500-02 - Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: G. Sciaini | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 750/7500-03 - Nanotechniques

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: K. T. Leung | Discipline: Physical |
Introduction to basic principles of the common tools used for materials research and nanosciences; hands-on training of sample preparation, use and operation as well as data analysis involving common nanotool instrument systems, including light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and related techniques, X-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy and/or electron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Week ...

CHEM 766/7660 - Organic Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: J.M. Chong | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo
This course will deal with aspects of organic spectroscopy from the perspective of an organic chemist.  There will be an emphasis on fundamental principles relevant to different spectroscopic techniques but with a minimum of quantum mechanics and mathematics.  Applications of spectroscopic methods to the elucidation of organic structures will be stressed. Some basic organic chemistry knowledge (e.g. usually 4 bonds to a neutral carbon atom, common ...

CHEM 770/7700 - Principles of Polymer Science

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: M. Gauthier | Discipline: Polymer |
Course content Basic definitions: Monomers, polymers, polymerization reactions. Polymer structure, nomenclature. Molecular weight distributions and average molecular weights. Molecular weight measurements: Colligative properties, osmometry, light scattering, viscosity, gel permeation chromatography. Step-growth polymerization. Types of reactions. Reactivity, kinetics. Molecular weight distribution and control, branching and cross-linking. ...

CHEM 771-7710 - Physical Properties of Polymers

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 773/7730 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 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 bulk and solution. This discussion includes how to design nanostructures and the potential applications of them as nanomaterial. Finally, we will learn the current research ...

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 731/7310-02 (TOX 6200) - Advanced Topics in Toxicology

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: R. Manderville | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
Advanced topics in toxicology will include oral presentations by students, faculty members, and guest lecturers. The emphasis will be on advanced concepts and techniques in toxicology research with particular relevance to mechanistic, molecular and interpretive toxicology. Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of TOX*6200/CHEM*731 or TOX*4200 By the end of this course, you should be able to: Critically ...

CHEM 750/7500-02 - Physical Radiation Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: K. Ghandi | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
The purpose of the course is to introduce certain physical aspects of radiation chemistry, from interaction of ionizing radiation with matter to nuclear probes. The radiation chemistry has been the subject of study over a century from the time of Marie Curie and remain as an area of intense research. The discussion of the fundamental physical chemistry of radiation effects on matter provides the background for these effects and provides tools for discussion of practical applications, some of ...

CHEM 750/7500-03 - Aqueous Solutions and Interfaces

Semester: Winter 2020 Professor: P. Tremaine | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
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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 ...