- Graduate Program
Synthesis & Materials Chemistry
Here we seek to educate students in synthetic methodology in the traditional areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, in addition to multidisciplinary materials synthesis and contemporary techniques of characterization. Courses that satisfy this requirement are:
CHEM 508 Advances in Synthetic Chemistry (3)
This course will cover the most recent advances in synthesis of organic, inorganic, and organometallic compounds, supramolecular assemblies, nanomaterials, and hybrid structures. As an advanced course we will use the most recent primary literature for course material. Each instructor will present a special topic in synthesis of materials. Taught every other summer term.
CHEM 513 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 343/347 or equivalent. The development and foundation of the periodic classification of the elements and an introduction to the systematic study of the properties of the elements and their compounds.
CHEM 515 Organometallic Chemistry (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 343 or CHEM 367 and CHEM 413/513 or the equivalents. Key aspects of organometallic and metal cluster chemistry: rationalization of organometallic complexes using the eighteen-electron rule; metal carbonyl complexes and their analogs; commonly encountered carbon- and heteroatom-based ligands; isolobal theory; mechanisms of organometallic reactions; organometallic chemistry in catalysis with a focus on some key industrial homogenous catalytic processes.
CHEM 517 Solid State Chemistry (3)
This course gives students a thorough grounding in solid state chemical structure and function. It begins with a survey of basic crystalline packing and symmetry leading to descriptions of critical physical properties: electrical, magnetic and superconducting. Some aspects of solid state analysis will be described, with an emphasis placed on X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques.
CHEM 519 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. Most recently a course in Solid State Chemistry has been lectured, encompassing basic solid state structure and function, such as conductivity and magnetism, and techniques of solid state characterization, such as X-ray diffraction. Scheduling in a given semester depends on the availability of an instructor and anticipated enrollment.
CHEM 540 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate Organic Chemistry. Physical organic chemistry including molecular orbital theory, structure-activity relationships, stereochemistry, reactive intermediates, determination of organic reaction mechanisms.
CHEM 541 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate Organic Chemistry. Emphasis on modern synthetic methods, mechanisms and application to the synthesis of complex structures.
CHEM 544 Polymer Chemistry (3)
Prerequisite: Undergraduate Organic Chemistry. A survey of polymer chemistry including the mechanisms of polymerization and the characterization and structure-property relationships of polymers.
CHEM 545 Medicinal Chemistry (3)
This course examines the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity with an emphasis on drug design and modification. Specific drug classes which will be sued as illustrative of this relationship include, cardiovascular drugs, anti-inflammatory agents, steroid hormones, and chemotherapeutic agents (antibiotics), among others.
CHEM 549 Organic Spectroscopy (3)
This lecture/laboratory course meets for two hours of lecture and three hours of lab per week and consists of a look at the principles of spectroscopic techniques used in organic/bioorganic chemistry. The course also teaches practical, hands-on approaches to the use of various spectroscopic techniques for structure determination of organic molecules.
CHEM 551 Fundamentals and Design of Nanoarchitectures Chemistry (3)
This course addresses the development and application of nanomaterials. Synthetic and preparative processes for making nanoscale structures and materials are addressed along with techniques for their characterization. Theoretical models for describing physical and chemical properties of nanostructures are presented. Nanotechnology and applications of nanostructures are covered.