Department of Chemistry

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Chemistry Graduate Modules

Graduate courses are selected in consultation with your supervisor and approved by the departmental graduate coordinator.  Once you have chosen your courses, the course(s) may be added by filling in an academic change form and submitting it to the Graduate Assistant for approval by the Graduate Coordinator.  Once your ACF is approved, your courses will be added/dropped on the Student Online University System, SOLUS and you should be able to view your course registration on SOLUS.

Want to Audit a course? Submit an academic change form with Audit listed in the "Significance to Prog" column.

 

Mandatory Courses

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Mandatory courses are courses that all chemistry graduate students are required to take based on their graduate program in chemistry. Students are automatically registered for their mandatory courses and do not need to include them on an academic change form.

CHEM801 Safety in the Laboratory (Fall)

Description

An introduction to safety procedures and the safe handling of chemical compounds and equipment in the laboratory. This non-credit course is required for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering students. All other members of the Chemistry department are welcome to attend. Students must attend all lectures and exam.

Class #1: Wednesday, September 19th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Stirling B

Class #2: Wednesday, September 26th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Stirling B

Class #3: Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Stirling B

Exam: Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Stirling B

Coordinator

Dr. Philip Jessop
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 412
Phone: 613-533-3212
Email: philip.jessop@chem.queensu.ca


CHEM802 Chemistry Seminar Program (Fall/Winter/Summer)

Description

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.

Seminar Schedule

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.

Coordinator

Dr. David Zechel
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 413
Phone: 613-533-3259
Email: david.zechel@chem.queensu.ca


CHEM803 Principles of Scientific Communication (Winter)

Description

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 MyGradSkills.ca.

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

Coordinator

Dr. Gang Wu
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm408
Phone: 613-533-2644
Email: gang.wu@chem.queensu.ca


Elective Courses

Expand to see the description and instructor information for the courses offered in 2018-2019. Please contact the course instructor for location and times prior to the first day of classes.

All of our chemistry courses run on a 6 week schedule unless otherwise noted.

Courses marked with ** are modules offered concurrent with fourth year courses. Students are allowed to take only two of these 800 level courses throughout their graduate program for credit.

Courses marked with *** are modules that are considered outside of the Department of Chemistry. Unless permission is obtained from the supervisor and coordinator of graduate studies in chemistry, students are only allowed to take two courses offered outside of the Department of Chemistry towards their six module requirement.

Fall 1 Courses - Begin September 10, 2018

CHEM805 NMR Methods for Structure Identification

Description

An introductory course on identification of organic and organometallic compounds using multinuclear NMR techniques. The focus will be on practical applications for those working in synthetic chemistry.

Instructor

Dr. Francoise Sauriol
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 108A
Phone: 613-533-2260
Email: francoise.sauriol@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM860 Symmetry and Structural Determination by X-Ray Crystallography I

Description

X-ray diffraction theory, crystal symmetry and International Tables in space groups.

Instructor

Dr. Suning Wang
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 406
Phone: 613-533-6941
Email: suning.wang@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM863 Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic Synthesis

Description

A review of the basic reactions involving transition metal catalysts in transformations of organic compounds. Fundamental reactions such as oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertions and transmetallations will be covered. Different types of ligands and their bonding properties will also be covered. Reactions of importance to organic chemistry including hydrogenations, oxidations, cross coupling reactions, metathesis and other pertinent reactions will be covered.

Instructor

Dr. Cathy Crudden
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 503
Phone: 613-533-6755
Email: cathy.crudden@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM883 Bioorganic Chemistry

Description

Enzyme mechanisms and inhibition, catalytic antibodies, stereochemical and other biological probes. Phosphoryl group transfer reactions.

Instructor

Dr. David Zechel
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 413
Phone: 613-533-3259
Email: david.zechel@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM904*** Science Leadership and Management

Description

The Science Leadership and Management course will be delivered over twelve 3-hour sessions to Chemistry and Physics students in either of the first two years of their PhD studies (or other graduate students with permission from the course coordinator and supervisor). The first and last four-week sessions will focus on the develop and application of leadership skills, and the second four-week session will focus on the development of management skills, that are useful in scientific positions in industry and academia.

Note: This is a twelve-week Pass/Fail module that is schedule from September to December.

Instructor

Dr. Nick Mosey
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 403
Phone: 613-533-2650
Email: moseyn@queensu.ca

Fall 2 Courses - Begin October 22, 2018

CHEM806 Multidimensional NMR Techniques

Description

Advanced methods for the identification of organic and organometallic compounds using multinuclear NMR techniques. The focus will be on practical applications for those working in synthetic chemistry.

Prerequisite: CHEM 805

Instructor

Dr. Francoise Sauriol
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 108A
Phone: 613-533-2260
Email: francoise.sauriol@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM810** Materials Characterisation Methods (421)

Description

A survey of materials characterisation methods with an emphasis on practical applications in materials and polymer chemistry. Techniques will include electron microscopy, scanning probe diffraction methods.

** 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.

Instructor

Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 311
Phone: 613-533-6413
Email: gregory.jerkiewicz@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM840** Modern Mass Spectrometry (411)

Description

An introduction to modern mass spectrometry. Instruments and the various methods of forming or introducing ions into the gas phase will be discussed and mass spectra will be interpreted.

** 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.

Instructor

Dr. Diane Beauchemin
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 308
Phone: 613-533-2619
Email: diane.beauchemin@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM857 Engineering Properties of Polymers

Description

Relationships between macromolecular structure, the physical properties of polymeric materials, and applications. Topics include conformation and configuration, the glass transition, rubber elasticity, flammability, viscoelasticity, yielding, and fracture. Case studies in material selection will be included.

Instructor

Dr. Simon Hesp
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 309
Phone: 613-533-2615
Email: simon.hesp@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM861 Symmetry and Structural Determination by X-Ray Crystallography II

Description

The practical aspects of x-ray diffraction analysis, including data collection, structural solution and refinement.

Prerequisite: CHEM 860

Instructor

Dr. Suning Wang
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 406
Phone: 613-533-6941
Email: suning.wang@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM869 Topics in Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry (423)

Description

Topics to be covered in this course include (a) luminescent/electroluminescent compounds, (b) fullerene chemistry and (c) magnetic and electronic materials.

Instructor

Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 505
Phone: 613-533-2649
Email: suning.wang@chem.queensu.ca

Winter 1 Courses - Begin January 7, 2019

CHEM838 Numerical Methods in Chemistry

Description

Topics include numerical integration, numerical treatment of differential equations, interpolation, Fourier transforms, regression Concepts in Fortran programming are also introduced.

Instructor

Dr. Tucker Carrington
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 409
Phone: 613-533-2552
Email: carrington@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM867 Bioinorganic Chemistry

Description

Kinetics and mechanisms of reactions of transition metals in biological systems, including metalloproteins and metalloenzymes. Roles of metals in hydrolytic and redox enzymes, oxygen transport, development of model systems.

Instructor

Dr. Anne Petitjean
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 410
Phone:
Email: anne.petitjean@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM880** Modern Synthetic Methods

Description

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.

Instructor

Dr. Cathy Crudden
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 503
Phone: 613-533-6755
Email: cathy.crudden@chem.queensu.ca

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

Description

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.

Note: This 1.5 credit unit course is scheduled from January to April

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

Coordinator

Dr. Peter Loock
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 304
Phone: 613-533-2621
Email: peter.loock@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM960 Luminescent Materials Chemistry

Description

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.

Instructor

Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 310
Phone: 613-533-6749
Email: jeanmichel.nunzi@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM975 Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Description

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

Instructor

Dr. Diane Beauchemin
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 308
Phone: 613-533-2619
Email: diane.beauchemin@chem.queensu.ca

Winter 2 Courses - Begin February 25, 2019

CHEM915 Biosynthesis of Natural Products

Description

This course will examine the biosynthesis of major classes of natural products including polyketides, no-ribosomal peptides, terpenoids, indolocarbazoles, and alkaloids. Focus will be given to the mechanisms of the biosynthetic enzymes. Strategies for discovering new natural products as well as engineering existing pathways to create new compounds will also be considered.

Prerequisite: CHEM 883 or equivalent.

Instructor

Dr. Avena Ross
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 407
Phone: 613-533-2618
Email: avena.ross@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM916 Strategies in Total Synthesis

Description

A discussion of syntheses of complex organic modules selected from pharmaceutical, natural product, and materials science areas using retrosynthetic analysis concepts. Illustrated syntheses will incorporate fundamentally important and currently significant synthetic methodologies as practiced in small scale academic and process scale industrial laboratories.

Prerequisite: CHEM 880

Instructor

Dr. P. Andrew Evans
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 508
Phone: 613-533-6286
Email: andrew.evans@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM945 Topics in Interfacial Electrochemistry

Description

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.

CHEM415 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for CHEM945.

Instructor

Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 311
Phone: 613-533-6413
Email: gregory.jerkiewicz@chem.queensu.ca

CHEM972 Environmental Chemical Sensors

Description

An overview of chemical sensor and biosensor technology as applied to environmental monitoring. Electrochemical and optical sensors will be discussed, including the fundamental principles behind sensor operation. Performance parameters, such as sensitivity, selectivity, reusability, stability and response will be covered. Detection applications include solvents in air and groundwater, organic contaminants and heavy metals in water and wastewater, and biological contaminants in drinking water.

Instructor

Dr. Igor Kozin
Office: Chernoff Hall, rm 124
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 74665
Email: igor.kozin@chem.queensu.ca

More information about our graduate courses can be found in the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.