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Winter 1 Courses (Jan - Feb)

CHEM802 Chemistry Seminar Program


Based on the regular departmental seminar program offered during the fall, winter and summer, this non-credit course is to be taken every year by all graduate students. As part of this course M.Sc. and Ph.D. students must attend a minimum number of departmental seminars. In addition, Ph.D. students will present one seminar on their research prior to their thesis submission.

To achieve a PASS in the Seminar Series, students must maintain an attendance record of 75% at regular departmental seminars, including named and distinguished lecture series. Seminar attendance is monitored using sign-in attendance sheets. Students with legitimate excuses and/or teaching conflicts will not be penalized for missing seminars. Furthermore, students will be credited for seminars attended in other departments which may be relevant to their research (typically in physics, biochemistry, environmental science, etc.) To obtain a seminar credit, a student must provide a note signed by the seminar coordinator of the other department. Students who do not attend the required 75% of the departmental seminars will obtain an "incomplete". In the subsequent terms, the students who have attended less than 75% of the seminars will have to attend more seminars in the following terms so that a minimum attendance is accomplished for any past terms where an incomplete grade was assigned in addition to 75% attendance for the current term.

Seminar Coordinator

Dr. Avena Ross
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 407
Phone: 613-533-2618

CHEM803 Principles of Scientific Communication


Principles of scientific verbal and written communication in Chemistry. Topics include computer literature searching, scientific writing techniques (for research reports, journal manuscripts, and theses), oral and poster conference presentations, and communication skills as teaching assistantships. Assignments will include completion of online course modules on scientific communication from

Note: This is a twelve-week module that is scheduled from January to April (2 module credit)


Office: Chernoff Hall, rm
Phone: 613-533-

CHEM880** Modern Synthetic Methods (422)


A discussion of some modern methods used in organic synthesis with an emphasis on stereoselective reactions; illustrations of the value and scope of the methods and applications in the synthesis of complex modules.

**Student allowed to take only two of these 800 level courses throughout their graduate program. These modules will be offered concurrent with fourth year courses.


Monday 12:00 - 2:30 PM in CHE 415

Wednesday 11:30 - 1:00 PM in CHE 415


Dr. P. Andrew Evans
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 508
Phone: 613-533-6286

CHEM894*** Business Skills In the Chemical Industry (tentative)


A review of business skills critical for success of the technical professional in the chemical industry. Topics may include an introduction to financial accounting, organizational design, managing systems, marketing and business strategy, and planning for innovation. 1.5 credit units.

Note: This course is scheduled from October to February

Lectures: Tuesday, October 24th, Wednesday, October 25th, Tuesday, November 7th, and Wednesday, November 8th 7:00 - 10:00 PM in CHE415

Presentations: Saturday, January 20th, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM in CHE415

*** see Program Timeline regarding taking courses outside of the Department of Chemistry, CHEM 892, CHEM 894, CHEM 904


Dr. Natalie Cann
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 306
Phone: 613-533-2651

CHEM914 Asymmetric Synthesis


Asymmetric hydrogenations and oxidations will be covered with a mechanistic perspective (Nobel prize 2001).Carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions will then be described including nucleophilic additions and cyclopropanations. Asymmetric epoxidation and aziridination will be described. Modern asymmetric reactions including organo catalytic reactions and autocatalytic reactions will also be discussed.


Dr. Cathleen Crudden
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 503
Phone: 613-533-6755

CHEM945 Topics in Interfacial Electrochemistry


Topics to be covered in this module may include: (a) definition of the electrochemical solid-liquid electrified interface, (b) selected electrochemical techniques (cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical quartz-crystal nanobalance, STM under electrochemical conditions), (c) absorption at electrode surfaces, (d) interfacial thermodynamics, and (g) electrooxidation of noble-metal electrodes.


Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 311
Phone: 613-533-6413

CHEM960 Luminescent Materials Chemistry


This course introduces the current topics in luminescent materials chemistry including photophysical and photochemical properties of transition metal and main group compounds, and characterization methods.The design and synthetic aspects of luminescent materials and their applications in sensing and optoelectronic devices, and photocatalysis will also be discussed.


Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 310
Phone: 613-533-6749

CHEM975 Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry


A detailed description of the technique, means of circumventing its limitations and expanding its capabilities. Examples of applications, including environmental analysis.


Dr. Diane Beauchemin
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 308
Phone: 613-533-2619