ChemS 101 - Basic Principles of General Chemistry
A course covering: basic concepts of Atomic numbers, masses, isotopes, stoichiometry, atomic orbitals. Bonding in molecules: Lewis structures, resonance structures, Types of bonding interactions, Bond polarity and dipole moments, Hydrogen bonds, VB theory, hybridization, MO theory, isoelectronic molecules, aromaticity, VSEPR model. Acids, bases and solutions: Bronsted acids and bases, Lewis acid theory, Introduction to coordination complexes, stability of complexes. Reduction and oxidation: Standard reduction potentials E0, Concentration effects, complexation and precipitation vs. E0, Disproportionation. Basic spectroscopy techniques (UV/Vis, IR, NMR, X-Ray, MS).
ChemS 102 - Basic Principles of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
A course covering periodicity and molecular symmetry: Atomic/ ionic radii, Electron affinities and electrone gativity, Symmetry operations and elements, Point groups and character tables, Chirality. General groups' properties: Alkali metals: Group I, Earth alkali metals: Group 2, Earth metals: Group 13, d- block chemistry. Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry: Ligand field theory, Jahn-Teller effect, Common types of ligands, Carbonyl complexes, Isolobal principle. Functional groups and their transformations: Alcohols and alkyl halides, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and esters, Amines and amino acids, Lipids. Common Organic Reactions and their mechanism: Condensation reactions, Elimination reactions, Substitution reactions, Radical reactions.
ChemS 104 - Basic Principles of Physical Chemistry
A course covering basic concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics. Ideal gas law and its application; First law of thermodynamics: heat, work, heat capacity, Born-Habor cycle and its application; Second (and third) law of thermodynamics: entropy and its application; Helmholtz and Gibbs energies, spontaneity of reaction, standard Gibbs energy and its application; Chemical potential and phase rule; Fundamental equation of chemical thermodynamics and phase boundary; Raoult's and Henry's law; Phase diagram and distillation; Equilibrium, exothermic and endothermic reactions; Rate law: First order and second order reactions and simple examples (catalysis); Isotherm (Langmuir) and its application; Example of rate equation; Basic spectroscopy techniques relevant to thermodynamics and kinetics.
ChemS 210 - Material Chemistry I
Prerequisite: An understanding of the material covered in basic inorganic and organic chemistry.
Presents students with a descriptive overview of Materials Chemistry with particular emphasis on the correlation between materials structure and their properties. This course will cover the following topics: molecular symmetry; basic crystallography; band theory; porous materials; nano-structured materials and some material characterization techniques including powder X-ray diffraction and physical adsorption.
ChemS 212 - Spectroscopy Analysis
An introduction to the theory, application, and interpretation of four (4) major types of spectroscopy: absorption, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. It will focus heavily on interpretation of spectra and application of these tools to address questions of structure and reactivity of organic, organometallic, and inorganic materials. A training session of two (2)-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (COSY, NOESY, HSQC, HMBC, etc) will be offered
ChemS 214 - Nano-Catalysis
An introduction to basic concepts of nanochemistry including various synthesis methods (nanofabrication by scanning probe instruments, lithography, sol-gel, hydrothermal, self-assembly, crystal growth etc), advance synthesis and modifications of nanomaterials (organic functionalization, metallic, bi-metallic, coreshell, shape and morphology controlled synthesis etc), tools to characterize nanomaterials (scanning probe microscopy like AFM, STM, MRM and electron microscopy like SEM, TEM). This course will also cover green nanochemistry, nanotech & environment and finally applications in various fields with special emphasis on nano-catalysis. This course will empower the students to understand the scientific importance and technological potential of nanotechnology and students will be able to perform three (3) important activities related to Nanochemistry, i.e. synthesis, functionalization and application of nanomaterials.
ChemS 215 - Polymers and Polymerization Processes
The preparation, reactions and properties of high-molecular-weight polymeric materials of both natural and synthetic origin. Physical and organic chemistry of polymers for persons with a basic training in chemistry, physics or engineering. The course is a survey of preparative methods of polymers; step growth polymerization, radical polymerization, ionic polymerization, ring-opening polymerization, polymerization by transition metal catalysts and methods of characterization (nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman, infrared, intrinsic viscosity, differential scanning, calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography) and scattering (light, x-rays).
ChemS 218 - Photo and Electro Catalysis
Fundamentals of Photo and Electro catalysis presented with a novel approach for industrial applications
ChemS 220 - Organometallic Chemistry
The course aims to cover current aspects of research in the field of organometallic chemistry. It is assumed that students taking this course are already familiar with general organometallic chemistry at the undergraduate level. The course materials can be divided into two (2) parts. We will cover topics relating to general organometallic chemistry to function as a refresher but with a practicing researcher's bent and some special topics with focuses on catalysis and its applications.
ChemS 240 - Supramolecular Chemistry
Most of the crucial biological processes, such as antigen-antibody recognition and DNA replication, rely on non-covalent bonding and self-assembly. Taking lessons from Nature, chemists have crafted artificial systems capable of specific molecular recognition. Some of these fascinating molecules, such as crown ethers, cucurbiturils and calixarenes, are pervasive in contemporary chemical literature. This course will examine the topics of non-covalent bonding, molecular recognition and self-assembly.
ChemS 250 - Material Chemistry II
Prerequisite: ChemS 210 or consent of instructor.
An introduction to electron microscopy based techniques: Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Electron diffraction (ED), Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), Energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM), Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). On-site demonstration of the electron microscope will be given.
ChemS 296 - Lab Rotation
MS students are expected to go through a lab rotation their first fall semester. The objective of this course is to help students in identifying their future research advisor by exposing them to different research areas. MS students are expected to complete 3 rotations their first semester (3 weeks per rotation). A student upon the approval of the advisor may choose to spend 3 rotations in one (1) lab; this advisor will be the chosen research advisor. Students will choose, at the end of their first semester, the possible advisor(s) that they would like to work with. A faculty committee will then meet and place students according to mutual advisor/ student agreement. The nature of the rotation may vary from one (1) lab to another depending on the advisor; thus some rotations can be research focused and others can involve more literature and background work
ChemS 297 - Thesis Research (variable credit):
Prerequisite: Approval of Thesis Advisor.
MS Thesis Master-level research leading to a formal written thesis and oral defense.
ChemS 298 - Chemical Sciences Graduate Seminar:
M.S. level seminar focusing on special topics within the field.
ChemS 299 - Directed Research (variable credit):
Prerequisite: Approval of Advisor.