Course Offerings: Fall 2020

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 ...