Course Offerings

CHEM 727/7270 - Separations

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: J. Pawliszyn | Discipline: Analytical | Campus: Waterloo
Material to be covered will be drawn from the topics outlined below: SEPARATIONS IN ENGINEERING AND ANALYTICAL PROCESSES UNIT PROCESSES: (Distillation, Extraction, Membrane Separation, Intermolecular Interactions) SAMPLE PREPARATION TECHNIQUES: LLE, SPE, SPME, SFE MEMBRANE SEPARATIONS CHROMATOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES Gas (GLC, GSC); Liquid (LLC, LSC, GPC, IEC, Affinity); Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) PHYSIOCHEMICAL ...

CHEM 731/7310-01 - Biochemical Pharmacology

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: M. Palmer | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
Course objective:  Understand the biochemical principles of drug action Overview of topics Introduction Pharmacodynamics: General principles of drug action Pharmacokinetics: Uptake, distribution, and elimination of drugs Pharmacology of nerve and muscle cells G protein-coupled receptors as drug targets Drugs that modulate nitric oxide signaling Eicosanoid mediators and related drugs Drugs ...

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

Semester: Winter 2021 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. Pre-Requisite(s): N/A Restriction(s): Credit may be obtained for only one of TOX*6200/CHEM*731 or TOX*4200 Method of Delivery: On-line via Zoom on ...

CHEM 740/7400 - Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: M. Nooijen | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
The focus of the course will be electronic structure theory with a smaller section on vibronic coupling. The course will cover a description of the basic electronic structure problem introducing an atomic orbital basis set, Slater determinants and the Slater-Condon rules. Then we will cover Hartree-Fock theory in fair detail. We will move on to the technique of second quantization and we will first cover vibrational problems, inclucing vibronic coupling, going beyond the Born-Oppenheimer ...

CHEM 750/7500-01 - Electroanalysis at the Nanoscale

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: A. Chen | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
This course will introduce fundamentals of electrode kinetics, reaction mechanisms and electrochemical methods. Electroanalytical techniques and their roles in modern analytical chemistry will be surveyed. The development of nanomaterial-based electrochemical sensor and biosensor in medical, pharmaceutical, environmental and food safety applications will be explored. ...

CHEM 750/7500-02 - Electronic Structure and Properties of Materials: From Molecules to Bulk

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the electronic structures of various technologically relevant materials. The electronic structures will be examined from both molecular and solid-state aspects. Optical, electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of functional materials will be discussed with respect to their electronic structures. The materials of interest will include metals, insulators, semiconductors, and conductive polymers. The course will also introduce ...

CHEM 7500-03/NANO 701-702 - Nanoscale Surfaces/Interfaces & Spectro-microscopy

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
CHEM 7500/NANO 701 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 introduce ...

CHEM 769/7690 - Physical Organic Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: A. Schwan | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Guelph
Physical organic chemistry, including a discussion of reactive intermediates, substituent effects, pericyclic reactions, radical chemistry and a basic theoretical description of the bonding in organic molecules. Method of Presentation: One 2 1/2 hour lecture per week, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm by remote, live lectures on TEAMS. First lecture is Tues. Jan. 5, 2021. There will be no lectures during reading week (Feb. 18). CONTENT ...

CHEM 773/7730-01 - Polymerizations Beyond Radical and Condensation Polymerization

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer |
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 2021 Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer |
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CHEM 784/7840 - Foundations of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Literature Review

Semester: Winter 2021 Professor: M. Monteiro | | Campus: Guelph
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CHEM 710/7100 - Advanced Main Group Chemistry

Semester: Spring 2021 Professor: M. Denk | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
This on-line course discusses influential original research papers and reviews from the recent literature. The topics will be taken from the fields of synthetic and theoretical main group chemistry excluding solids. The course material will be distributed through course link and via e-mail. First Lecture                                                                     Tue, May 18th ...

CHEM 737/7370 - Enzymes

Semester: Spring 2021 Professor: J. Honek | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
This graduate course will address the underlying principles of enzymatic catalysis (with examples) along with discussion of techniques that are applied to this area. This course will focus on the protein itself and how its structure contributes to catalysis. Subtopics will include protein dynamics, electrostatic potential, active-site geometry and transition state stabilization among other factors that contribute to enzyme catalysis and substrate selectivity. The chemical mechanism of ...

CHEM 750/7500 - Nanotechniques

Semester: Spring 2021 Professor: K. T. Leung | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
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. ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Organometallic Reagents in Organic Synthesis

Semester: Spring 2021 Professor: W. Tam | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Guelph
The use of transition metals in organic synthesis has increased dramatically in the last two decades. Transition metal catalysts provide new opportunities for highly selective reactions that are not achievable by traditional synthetic methods. Many compounds or molecular frameworks that were impossible to make two decades ago could now be synthesized efficiently by the use of transition metal catalysts. The following topics will be covered in this course: Basic Concepts in Organometallic ...

CHEM 710/7100 - Characterization of Defective Solids

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: R. Smith | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Waterloo
This course will introduce X-ray diffraction (Rietveld refinements), X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy as tools to study solid state materials and demonstrate their practical application in analyzing defects in solid state materials. The pinciples and considerations underlying the Rietveld refinement process will be introduced and the overall process demonstrated. The underlying theory for XAS will then be introduced and the basic operating principles, ...

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 750/7500-02 - 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 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 773-7730-02 - Fluorescence: Principles, Theory, and Applications to the Characterization of Macromolecules

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer |
The course will cover the fluorescence phenomenon, the steady-state and time-resolved fluorometers, the solvent effects on dyes, fluorescence quenching, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), fluorescence anisotropy, analysis of fluorescence decays, and as special topics, some applications of fluorescence based in part on the amazing photophysical properties of pyrene. If time permits, the course will also expand to confocal fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence correlation ...

CHEM 784/7840 - Foundations of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Literature Review

Semester: Fall 2020 Professor: E. Meiering | | Campus: Waterloo
Students will learn how to use multiple resources to search and vet scientific literature relevant to their own research. Based on this literature, students will write a review paper (about 25 typed pages in length) in which they present and explain scientific concepts and methods, the up-to-date state of research, and the open questions that are relevant to their research field, including reasons and methods for undertaking further studies.  Students will subject excerpts of their writing ...