Course Offerings

CHEM 727/7270 - Separations

Semester: Winter 2023 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 - Nucleic Acids: Structure and Function

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: T. Dieckmann | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
Discussion of specialized topics related to the research interests of the members of the Centre. For example, recent offerings have included: Metalloproteins and Metalloenzymes; Heme Proteins; Chemistry of Enzymatic Reaction Mechanisms; Peptides – Synthesis, Structure and Function; Food Enzymology; Advanced Microbial Physicology; NMR in Biological Systems. Course Description: This course covers advanced topics in structure and function of nucleic ...

CHEM 731/7310-02 - Toxicology

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: W. Gabryelski | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
Topics in toxicology will consist of oral and written presentations by students, faculty members, and guest lecturers. The emphasis will be on the broad integrative aspects of toxicology with particular reference to mechanistic, molecular and reproductive toxicology. Topics in Toxicology is designed to give students the opportunity to hear about research that is being conducted by professors, research scientists, consults and graduates students in the field of toxicology. Student will ...

CHEM 740/7400-01 - Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: M. Nooijen | Discipline: Theoretical | Campus: Waterloo
In the winter 2023 term the focus of the course will be electronic structure theory and some discussions of vibrational problems and coupled electronic-nuclear motion (non-adiabatic systems). 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.  We ...

CHEM 740/7400-02/QIC 890 - Spin-based Quantum Information Processing

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: J.D. Baugh | Discipline: Theoretical |
This course is inspired by recent experimental advances in the field of solid-state quantum information processing (QIP), especially electron spin qubits realized in semiconductor nanostructures (“artificial atoms”). It begins by covering the fundamentals of spin and angular momentum, QIP, semiconductor physics, quantum transport, and quantum dots. The course aims to equip students to fully comprehend the research literature in the spin qubit and related ...

CHEM 750/7500-01 - Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: L. Chen | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Guelph
1. Introduce basic concepts in heterogeneous catalysis 2. Provide systematic, first principles approach to the science of surface reactivity 3. Unify heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis 4. Illustrate by examples, primarily in energy transformations ...

CHEM 750/7500-02 - Electronic Structure and Properties of Materials

Semester: Winter 2023 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, and magnetic properties of materials will be discussed with respect to their electronic structures. The materials of interest will include metals, insulators, semiconductors, and conductive polymers. Experimental methods for investigation of the electronic ...

CHEM 7500-03 / NANO 602 - Structure and Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: P. Radovanovic | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
The objective of this course is to introduce students to different aspects of the structure of nanoscale materials (crystal, surface, and electronic structure) from the interdisciplinary point of view. The first part of the course will focus on the surfaces and interfaces, as an integral part of condensed phases, pertaining to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Due to the reduced sizes of nanostructures, ...

CHEM 750/7500-04 - Atomic and Molecular Clusters

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: S. Hopkins | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo
Atomic and molecular clusters constitute intermediates between molecules, with clearly defined quantum states, and condensed matter where these states form bands or continua. As such, the study of clusters can be viewed as a means of unravelling the evolution of bulk properties from those of the constituent atoms/molecules. Interestingly, owing to the high ratio of surface atoms to bulk atoms, there are many analogies between the chemistry and physics of clusters and of solid surfaces. For ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Carbohydrate Chemistry

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: F.I. Auzanneau | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Guelph
COURSE OUTLINE AND TOPICS COVERED Structure of monosaccharides: configurations, ring size, conformations, mutarotation, anomeric effect Biological relevance of carbohydrates: disaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, biosynthesis and synthetic biochemical tools Carbohydrate Synthetic Chemistry: A. Protecting groups in carbohydrate chemistry and synthetic strategies: Alkyls, acyls, silyls, acetals and ketals, selectivity etc… The ...

CHEM 773/7730 - Advanced Polymerization Techniques

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: X. Wang | Discipline: Polymer | Campus: Waterloo
Synthesis of polymers with well-defined structures in terms of their architectures, chemical compositions, molecular weight etc. is a major concern of polymer chemistry. A number of polymerization techniques, such as anionic polymerization, living free radical polymerization, ring opening metathesis polymerization, have been developed and intensively researched in recent years. Consequently, polymer structure and property engineering has become possible, which extend the scope of material ...

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

Semester: Winter 2023 Professor: D. O'Flaherty | | Campus: Guelph
CHEM 784(0) is a required one term course for all graduate students who are enrolled for an MSc degree; students must complete the requirements for CHEM 784(0) within their first two terms in the program and are strongly encouraged to take this course in their first term. CHEM 784(0) is offered in Fall and Winter terms. The main goal of CHEM 784(0) is to encourage MSc students to learn to use scientific literature at an early stage of their program, to stimulate in-depth thinking ...

CHEM 710/7100 - Characterization of Imperfections in Solids

Semester: Fall 2022 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 731/7310-01 - Conjugate Vaccines

Semester: Fall 2022 Professor: M. Monteiro | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
CHEM 731(0)-01 covers the physical and immunogenic aspects of microbial polysaccharides and their use in conjugate vaccines. The course will cover the development of conjugate vaccines from target discovery to human clinical trials ...

CHEM 731/7310-02 - Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Semester: Fall 2022 Professor: D. O'Flaherty | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Guelph
This course provides students with general and specific aspects of selected key areas in bio-organic chemistry including with an emphasis on nucleic acids: Structure and reactivity of nucleosides(tides), nucleic acids (roughly 80-90 % of course material) Structure and reactivity of amino acids, peptides, proteins (roughly 10-20 % of course material) Course Objectives to learn and demonstrate familiarity with nucleic acid and peptide chemical ...

CHEM 731/7310-03 - Rational Drug Design

Semester: Fall 2022 Professor: S. Kalyaanamoorthy | Discipline: Biochemistry | Campus: Waterloo
The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to strategies for design of drug candidates, including structure-based and ligand-based drug discovery.  It builds upon molecular modelling principles introduced in CHEM 340 and will apply them to specific problems in drug design. Specific topics includes molecular modelling, and molecular dynamics using molecular mechanics principles, molecular docking and virtual screening of drug molecules to target proteins, computational ...

CHEM 760/7600 - Heteroatoms in Organic Synthesis

Semester: Fall 2022 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 which, when totaled, will comprise a major component of their grade. Method of ...

CHEM 766/7660 - Organic Spectroscopy

Semester: Fall 2022 Professor: G. Murphy | Discipline: Organic | Campus: Waterloo
Chemistry 766: Organic Spectroscopy is a graduate-level discussion on the use of spectroscopic techniques in organic chemistry.  This course will focus specifically on the use of spectroscopic data for the identification and structural elucidation of organic molecules.  Students will learn to effectively use a combination of datasets, consisting of mass spectroscopy (MS), infrared (IR) spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, for correctly ...

CHEM 770/7700 - Principles of Polymer Science

Semester: Fall 2022 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 - Polymer Synthesis and Self-Assembly

Semester: Fall 2022 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 ...

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

Semester: Fall 2022 Professor: E. Meiering | | Campus: Waterloo
Students will prepare a written literature review. Incoming MSc students are strongly encouraged to take this required course within the first term of their program. 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 ...