Carbon containing species comprise an important group of compounds with applications in a wide range of fields. A detailed understanding of the general principles of how an organic molecule with react with other species is critical to predicting further reactivity or toxicity. These courses will introduce students to the fundamentals of organic chemistry, specifically the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds.
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
This laboratory course will introduce the techniques used in the construction of organic molecules. In addition to the synthetic component of the course, a variety of instruments will be used to establish the connectivity of organic products as well as the presence of functional groups.
Catalysis: Organic Transformations
Catalysts are playing an increasingly important role in the development of new organic methodology. New transformations catalyzed by carefully designed enantiopure metal complexes are critical to the design of novel pharmaceuticals. This course will cover a variety of metal catalyzed organic reactions with emphasis on the types of chemical compounds that can be prepared using catalysis.
This course is focused on topics pertaining to macromolecular systems. Since roughly 50 percent of chemists work in the polymer industry and most of us encounter polymers on a daily basis, an understanding of the fundamental properties is important. Much of the course is devoted towards the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials.
Inorganic Chemistry is a fundamental part of the world around us. The information covered in this course will focus on the fundamental and applied aspects of this field with emphasis given to the chemistry of transition metals. Important topics include: atomic structure and bonding, inorganic reaction chemistry, the role that transition metals play in catalysis and organic transformations, the function of various transition metals in biological systems, kinetics and thermodynamics of inorganic reactions, and symmetry.
This course is an investigation of advanced areas in Inorganic Chemistry. We will cover topics such as: theories of structure and bonding, use of non-aqueous solvents, symmetry, chemical reactions, elucidation of reaction mechanisms, catalysis, organometallic chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry. It is the intent of this course to enable its participants to extend beyond what is written in the textbook and to apply the principles and information presented to cutting-edge research or reinterpretation of existing explanations.
General chemistry is typically one of the first courses taken by students interested in pursuing a career in science or medicine. An introduction to the basic concepts of the chemical world such as atomic structure, acid base reactions, and stoichiometry are common topics of discussion. Thermodynamics and kinetics are also introduced with emphasis on the experimental determination of "facts."
Research in Science: A Capstone Experience
The design and developement of new and interesting research projects remains one of the most important parts of a scientists career. Regardless of the area, there are common threads that define an interesting investigation. This course brings together chemists, biologists, geologists, physicists, and social scientists in an atmosphere of discussion and collaboration. In addition to developing research ideas, career issues such as how to pick a graduate advisor, where to go for graduate school, how to write a resume, and how to have a strong interview are commonly covered in this course.