Course Offerings

CHEM 710/7100 - Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: M. Schlaf | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Guelph
This course will provide an introduction and overview of the field of catalysis using (supported) heterogeneous metal/metal oxide and transition metal complexes focusing on general principles and reaction patterns of catalytically active transition metal centres,  metal/metal oxide surfaces and supported metals. mechanisms: kinetic and thermodynamic parameters and how to determine them. activation of small molecules such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon ...

CHEM 712/7120 - X-Ray Diffraction

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: J. Assoud | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Waterloo
This course will examine, in detail, the theory and the practice of the x-ray structure determination. We will review the definition of the crystal structure, unit cell, crystal systems, Bravais lattices and describe the crystal structure of some elements (BCC, CCP, HCP…), binary (e.g. NaCl…), and ternary (CaTiO3 …) and other solids (Ba2YCu3O7-x …). We will introduce the notion of symmetry operations and their symmetry ...

CHEM 720/7200 - Mass Spectrometry

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: W. Gabryelski | Discipline: Analytical | Campus: Guelph
Background Info: CHEM 7200/720 is a graduate course in Mass Spectrometry (MS) with prior enrolments of 20-30 students per course. During the three decades, mass spectrometry has evolved as 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 ...

CHEM 731/7310-01 - Biomolecular NMR

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: T. Dieckmann | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
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 • Preparation and writing of a ...

CHEM 750/7500 - Topics in Computational Chemistry

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: L. Chen | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
This course will cover a variety of topics in computational chemistry. Molecular simulation: molecular dynamics in various ensembles, Monte Carlo. Extracting properties from simulations: free energy, dynamical properties from time-correlation functions. Electronic structure theory: Hartree-Fock, density functional theory. ...

CHEM 770/7700 - Principles of Polymer Science

Semester: Fall 2021 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 Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
The course starts with an introduction to the design and synthesis of polymers with define chemical structures. A number of polymerization techniques will be descried briefly, including anionic, living free radical and migration insertion polymerizations. The principles guiding self-assembly behaviour of block copolymers and other building blocks will be discussed, followed by the material applications of the assembled polymeric nanomaterials. 1. Polymerization techniques (6-9 ...

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

Semester: Fall 2021 Professor: S. Hopkins | | Campus: Waterloo
Your writing affects not only how much credit you receive for your work but also how much influence your work has. The quality of your writing influences decisions by others on whether to hire you, to fund your ideas, to publish your findings, or to accept your thesis! In your schooling, you have taken courses on reading and writing, and you will certainly draw on these because they provide you the foundation of your craft. However, scientific writing poses challenges that general writing ...

CHEM 712/7120 - X-Ray Crystallography

Semester: Winter 2022 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 713/7130 - Inorganic Solid State Materials

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: H. Kleinke | Discipline: Inorganic | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 720/7200-01 - Introduction to Experimental Design and Chemometrics

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: T. Gorecki | Discipline: Analytical | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 720/7200-02 - Electroanalysis at the Nanoscale

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: A. Chen | Discipline: Analytical | 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 731/7310-01 - Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function

Semester: Winter 2022 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 - Advanced Topics in Toxicology

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: R. Manderville | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
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CHEM 740/7400 - Computational Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: M. Nooijen | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
This course will provide a practical guide to quantum chemical calculations. The course will be held mainly online with occasional in class meetings, with students performing calculations in small groups 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 ...

CHEM 750/7500-01 - Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: K. Ghandi | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
The purpose of the course is to introduce chemical and biochemical sensors, elemental analysis techniques that has not been examined in typical undergraduate analytical chemistry courses, and exotic particle accelerator based analytical probes. The course will address some new, exciting frontiers in analytical chemistry, how research activities in the field relate to other scientific endeavors and disciplines, and the how analytical chemistry relates to applications and supports the progress ...

CHEM 7500-02/NANO 602 - Structure and Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 750/7500-03 - Aqueous Solutions and Interfaces

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: P. Tremaine | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
An introduction to aqueous solution chemistry, from classical macroscopic descriptions to modern treatments of the properties of electrolytes and non-electrolytes at a molecular level. ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Organic Materials

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: D. Schipper | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 773/7730-01 - Polymerizations Beyond Radical and Condensation Polymerization

Semester: Winter 2022 Professor: J. Duhamel | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
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CHEM 784/7840 - Foundations of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Literature Review

Semester: Winter 2022 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 ...