Course Offerings

CHEM 720/7200 - Electron Transfer Initiated Reactions: Techniques, Fundamental and Practical Aspects

Semester: Fall 2018 Professor: A. Houmam | Discipline: Analytical | Campus: Guelph
This course is an overview of electron transfer initiated reactions.  It includes an introduction aimed at describing a number of well-known electron transfer reactions with a focus on organic reactions. The main electron transfer theories will be reviewed and the thermodynamics, kinetics and mechanisms of electron transfer reactions as well as factors controlling them will be studied through use of examples from the literature. Various techniques and methods will be discussed including ...

CHEM 740/7400-01 - Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry

Semester: Fall 2018 Professor: M. Nooijen | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
In the Fall 2018 term, the focus of the course will be electronic structure theory. 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, and briefly discuss density functional theory, in analogy to Hartree-Fock. In 2018 the course will also include a discussion of mean field methods for periodic systems (solids). We will ...

CHEM 750/7500-02 - Advanced Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2018 Professor: S. Hopkins | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
Molecular spectroscopy is our most powerful tool for determining molecular structure. Very subtle physical interactions in molecules can give rise to very distinct spectral features. Chemistry 750 will explore many of these interactions from a first principles angular momentum coupling perspective. The course will build from microwave spectroscopy, through to high resolution vibrational and electronic spectroscopy. Topics that will be included in chemistry 750 are: Angular ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Advanced Carbohydrate Chemistry

Semester: Fall 2018 Professor: F.I. Auzanneau | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Guelph
Chemistry CHEM*7600 is a one-semester course in covering the chemistry and biological chemistry of carbohydrates. This course will apply concepts learned in Chem*2700 and Chem*3750 to carbohydrate molecules and cannot be taken if the student has already taken Chem*4740 with Prof Auzanneau in a previous offering. Specific Learning Objectives: To learn about the structural fundamentals of carbohydrates. To learn the basic biological importance of ...

CHEM 766/7660 - Organic Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2018 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 2018 Professor: M. Gauthier | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
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. Polymerization equilibria. Preparation of ...

CHEM 773/7730 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2018 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 720/7200 - Mass Spectrometry

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: W. Gabryelski | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
Background Info: CHEM 7200/720 is a graduate course in Mass Spectrometry (MS). During the three decades, mass spectrometry has evolved to a powerful technique for analyzing a variety of materials ranging from small molecules to large biopolymers. Mass spectrometry has been used in many areas of research including chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, pharmacology, medicine and forensics. This course provides an opportunity for you to learn about this exciting ...

CHEM 731/7310 - Biochemical Pharmacology

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: M. Palmer | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
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 Antimicrobial ...

CHEM 740/7400 - Quantum Molecular Dynamics

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: P.N. Roy | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
This reading course provides an introduction to Quantum Molecular Dynamics approaches and their applications. A review of essential concepts of statistical mechanics will first be covered and the Feynman path integral formulation of quantum statistical mechanics will be introduced. Simulation techniques such as path integral Monte Carlo and path integral molecular dynamics will be discussed and illustrated with ...

CHEM 750/7500-01 - Atomic and Molecular Clusters

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: S. Hopkins | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 750/7500-02 - Electroanalysis at the Nanoscale

Semester: Winter 2019 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 7500-03/NANO 701&702 - Nanoscale Surfaces/Interfaces & Spectro-Microscopy

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
Surfaces and Interfaces  Surfaces and interfaces are integral part of all materials, and play a key role in many scientific ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Heteroatoms in Organic Synthesis

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: A. Schwan | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Guelph
The course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the utility and mechanism of heteroatom-based functionalities in organic synthesis.  The influence of the heteroatom will be emphasized with examples displaying how the heteroatom directs reactivity and where applicable, stereochemistry. Students will be required to deliver two seminars and write two research essays ...

CHEM 773/7730 - Polymer Properties and Polymerization

Semester: Winter 2019 Professor: M. Gauthier | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
Course content Copolymerization equation, monomer reactivity ratios. Types of behaviors: random, alternating, blocky copolymers. Integrated copolymerization equation. Copolymer microstructure. Multicomponent polymerization. Structural effects, Q-e scheme, kinetics. Emulsion polymerization. Initiators, surfactants and other components. Polymerization rate. Molecular weight and particle size distributions. Applications. Anionic polymerization: ...