The Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute
2240 Herzberg Building
Director of the Institute:
Associate Director of the Institute: P. Sundararajan
The Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute, established in 1981, is a joint
program of graduate studies and research in chemistry for Carleton
University and the University of Ottawa. The Institute combines the
research strengths and resources of the Departments of Chemistry at both
campuses. Research facilities are shared and include: a major mass
spectrometry centre, X-ray spectrometer, several modern NMR spectrometers,
a pico-second laser facility, an ultratrace analysis laboratory, and an
electrochemical research centre. In addition, the resources of many federal
departments are available to graduate students, including the National
Research Council and its library, the National Science Library (CISTI), and
departments of Health and Welfare and Agriculture.
The Institute offers the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in all areas of
chemistry, including biochemistry, analytical, inorganic, organic, physical
and theoretical chemistry. All thesis, seminar and examination requirements
may be met in either English or French. Students will be enrolled at the
campus where the research supervisor is located. Several graduate students
also conduct their research off campus under the supervision of one of the
Institute's adjunct professors.
Application forms and further information may be obtained by writing to
the director of the Institute.Ottawa-Carleton Collaborative Program in
Chemical and Environmental Toxicology
The Departments of Chemistry and Biology at Carleton University and the
University of Ottawa provide a collaborative program in chemical and
environmental toxicology at the M.Sc. level. For further details, see the
Ottawa-Carleton Collaborative Program i n Chemical and Environmental
Toxicology's section of this Calendar.Members of the Institute
- Howard Alper, Organometallic and organic chemistry
- Louis Barriault, Organic chemistry, synthesis of natural
products and methodology
- S. Barry, Inorganic Materials Chemistry
- A.D.O. Bawagan, Chemical physics
- D.M. Bishop, Theoretical chemistry
- G.W. Buchanan, Applications of NMR spectroscopy
- P.H. Buist, Bio-organic chemistry
- R.C. Burk, Environmental and analytical chemistry
- A.J. Carty, Organometallic and inorganic chemistry
- C.L. Chakrabarti, Environmental chemistry, analytical
- B.E. Conway, Electrochemistry and surface chemistry
- R.J. Crutchley, Physical inorganic chemistry
- Christian Detellier, Supramolecular chemistry
- Tony Durst, Synthetic and medicinal organic and natural products
- A.G. Fallis, Synthetic, medicinal, functional chemistry
- D.E. Fogg, Organometallic, polymer and materials
- Sandro Gambarotta, Inorganic and organometallic
- J. B. Giorgi, Fuel cells, catalysis, surface science
- B.R. Hollebone, Chemical spectroscopy and chemical
- J.L. Holmes, Gas phase reactions and ion chemistry; mass
- K.U. Ingold, Physical organic chemistry, free radicals
- Harvey Kaplan, Protein chemistry and enzymology
- Peeter Kruus, Solution physical chemistry, ultrasonics
- E.P.C. Lai, Analytical chemistry
- Paul M. Mayer, Gas phase ion chemistry, analytical mass
- D. Miller, Environmental chemistry
- W. Ogilvie, Synthetic and medicinal organic chemistry,
- Arya Prabhat, Organic and bio-organic chemistry, synthetic and
medicinal chemistry (Adjunct)
- D.S. Richeson, Inorganic chemistry
- J.A. Ripmeester, Supramolecular materials, NMR spectroscopy
- R. Roy, Glycobiology, combinational and medicinal
- A. Sayari, Inorganic materials, heterogeneous catalysis
- J.C. Scaiano, Physical organic chemistry, photochemistry and
photobiology, supramolecular chemistry
- Alain St.-Amant, Theoretical and computational chemistry
- S. Scott, Surface chemistry and catalysis
- K.B. Storey, Enzyme biochemistry and
- P. (Sundar) Sundararajan, Morphology of polymers and smart
- Heshel Teitelbaum, Microscopic reaction kinetics
- C.S. Tsai, Enzyme action and yeast cultures
- Z.Y. Wang, Synthetic polymer chemistry and organic
- D. Wayner, Surface science, surface patterning,
- William G. Willmore, Biochemistry, biotechnology
- J.S. Wright, Theoretical chemistry
Master of Science
The normal requirement for admission to the program is an Honours B.Sc.
degree in Chemistry, with a B+ average in the last two years and a B
average overall. Applicants who do not meet this requirement, or whose
undergraduate degree is in another, closely related field, may be accepted
into the program, but may be assigned extra courses.
- A research thesis defended at an oral examination (3.0 credits)
- One credit of graduate courses (made up of any combination of
0.5 credit and 0.25 credit courses)
- CHEM 5801 (1.0 credit)
Guidelines for Completion of Master's Degree
Full-time students in the master's program will normally complete the
degree requirements in two years. Part-time students will normally complete
the degree requirements in four years.
Doctor of Philosophy
The normal requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a B.Sc. or
M.Sc. degree in Chemistry.
Program Requirements (from B.Sc.)
- A research thesis defended before an examination board which
includes an external examiner (11.0 credits)
A two-part comprehensive examination in chemistry. The first part
consists of a research proposal examination. The proposal topic can
be in the same research area as that of the student's thesis
supervisor,but should be significantly different from the student's
thesis research project and any research being conducted by any
faculty member of the Ottawa-Carleton Chemistry Institute. The
second part of the examination will consist of either a) a short
presentation given by the student to an examining committee on a
topic in his/ her research area, or b) a series of five two-hour
from a library of examinations. (No credit. Pass or Fail.)
Students admitted to the graduate program in Chemistry at
Carleton University prior to May 1, 2003 may follow the
Comprehensive Examination requirement published in the 2002-2003
Students who fail to complete the comprehensive examination by
the end of the third year in the graduate chemistry program will be
withdrawn from the program.
- Two credits of graduate courses (made up of any combination of 0.5
credit and 0.25 credit courses)
- CHEM 5801 (1.0 credit) and CHEM 5802 (1.0 credit)
Program Requirements (from M.Sc.)
Same as above, except that under exceptional circumstances only one
seminar course will be required and credit for up to 1.0 credit of graduate
courses may be given to reduce the requirement for graduate course credit
from two to one. Students must complete their comprehensive examination
within two years or be withdrawn from the program.
Students coming from outside Canada or the United States must write
orientation examinations at approximately the third-year university level.
Each student will be informed of this requirement upon admission. The
examinations will be given in the first week of the term in September and
January. Students can choose from any three examination modules in:
organic, physical, inorganic/analytical and biochemistry.
In examination areas where the student shows unsatisfactory performance
or deficiency, the Graduate Supervisor will assign undergraduate-level
remedial courses. To be eligible to continue in the graduate program, the
student must achieve a minimum grade of A- in each remedial course.
Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission to the Master's
program may be admitted to a qualifying-tear program (see 2.3 under General
5.0 credits must be completed within two consecutive fall and winter
terms, including a 1.0 credit Research Project and Seminar course (CHEM
4908), and 4.0 credits in 0.5- and 0.25-credit courses, as assigned by the
Graduate Supervisor. An average grade of A- over these five credits, with a
minimum grade of B in each course must be presented to be considered for
admission to the M.Sc. prog ram.
For the M.Sc. degree:
- At least one year of full-time study
For the Ph.D. degree (from B.Sc.)
- At least three years of full-time study
For the Ph.D. degree (from M.Sc.)
- At least two years of full-time study
Thesis Advisory Committee
Within four months of initial registration in the M.Sc. or Ph.D.
program, a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) will be appointed for each
student. Committee membership will be formally approved by the departmental
chairs and OCCI directors at Carleton and the University of Ottawa. The
committee will consist of a minimum of three members, including the thesis
supervisor, and where practicable, at least one member will be from the
other campus of OCCI. Committee membership may include adjunct faculty
members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) at the
University of Ottawa or the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at
Once a year, the student will prepare a formal Thesis Progress Report.
The report is not to exceed four pages and will outline the problem,
methodology used, results achieved, and aims for future research. The TAC
will evaluate the report and indicate whether the student has made
satisfactory progress. No meeting with the student will be required if
progress is deemed by the TAC to be satisfactory. A meeting to discuss the
student's progress may be held at any time at the request of either the
student or the committee.
Guidelines for Completion of Doctoral Degree
Full-time students in the doctoral program normally will complete the
degree requirements in three years. Part-time students will normally
complete the degree requirements in six years.
Full-time students who enter the doctoral program directly from the
B.Sc. program normally will complete the degree requirements in four and
one-half years. Part-time students normally will complete the degree
requirements in nine years.
Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an
up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2004-2005. Students may also
wish to consult the Institute's Web site at: www.carleton.ca/occi. Course
Carleton's course designation system has been restructured.The first
entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton
course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton
course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.
University of Ottawa course numbers (in parentheses) follow the Carleton
course number and credit information.To determine the term of offering,
consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, or online
- CHEM 5000 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8355)
- Trace Elemental Analysis using Inductively Coupled Plasma
Emission (ICP-ES) and Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
- ICP-ES/MS techniques are among the most powerful tools presently
available for elemental analysis for a wide range of interests such as
environmental, geological and biological applications. The
fundamentals, state of the art instrumentation, applications, existing
challenges, and new research and developments are covered.
- CHEM 5001 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8301)
- Analytical Mass Spectrometry
- The principles of ion sources and mass spectrometers will be
described, together with their applications to problems in chemistry
and biochemistry. Introduction to the chemistry of gaseous ions. Ion
optics. Special emphasis on interpreting mass spectra.
- CHEM 5002 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8301)
- Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
- Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). NMR parameters to
be studied are: chemical shift, spin-spin coupling, electric quadrupole
coupling, spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxation rates. NMR and the
periodic table. Dynamic NMR. Applications in chemistry and
biochemistry. The Fourier Transform technique. Pulse sequences. Basic
principles and applications of two-dimensional NMR.
- CHEM 5003 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8325)
- Solid State NMR Spectroscopy
- This course provides the student with a brief introduction to solid
state NMR spectroscopy. Topics will include dipolar coupling
interactions, chemical shielding anisotropy, the quadrupolar
interaction and averaging techniques such as magic angle spinning.
- CHEM 5004 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8326)
- NMR Spectroscopy
- Advanced NMR techniques for both proton and carbon spectra, various
decoupling and related experiments. Interpretation of NOSY, COSY and
- CHEM 5005 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8327)
- Physical Organic Chemistry
- Hammet functions, transition state energies, stereochemistry of
organic compounds, and mechanisms of organic reactions and their
- CHEM 5006 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8335)
- Ionic Processes in the Atmosphere and Interstellar
- Discusses the importance of ionic reactions in the upper atmosphere
and in the interstellar medium. The dynamics of ion-molecule reactions
and experimental and theoretical approaches for their study.
- CHEM 5007 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8310)
- Introduction to Photochemistry
- Basic principles of photochemistry including selection rules,
energy transfer processes and the properties of excited state
reactions. Lasers and their applications to measurements of the
dynamics of elementary reactions.
- CHEM 5008 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8311)
- Advanced and Applied Photochemistry
- Photochemical reactions of small molecules and their relationship
to atmospheric chemistry. Production and detection of reactive species.
Photolysis. Multiphoton absorption.
- Prerequisite: CHM 8150
- CHEM 5009 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8150)
- Special Topics in Molecular Spectroscopy
- Topics of current interest in molecular spectroscopy: electronic
spectra of diatomic and triatomic molecules and their interpretation
using molecular orbital diagrams; Ram an and resonance Raman
spectroscopy; symmetry aspects of vibrational and electronic levels of
ions and molecules in solids; weak and strong resonant laser radiation.
(Also listed as PHYS 5202/PHY 8122.)
- CHEM 5100 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8338)
- Unimolecular Reaction Dynamics: Experiment and Theory
- Presents the theoretical models that have been developed for the
understanding of unimolecular reactions, focusing on statistical
theories such as RRKM theory. Experimental techniques for exploring the
kinetics and mechanism of unimolecular reactions will be covered,
including mass spectrometry, coincidence spectroscopy and ZEKE
- CHEM 5101 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8202)
- Chemical Physics of Electron-Molecule
- Basic classical scattering theory and quantum mechanical scattering
theory. Experimental aspects, such as electron optics, electron gun
fundamentals, energy analyzers and electron detectors. Applications to
the understanding of the chemistry of materials.
- CHEM 5102 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8346)
- Supercritical Fluids
- Fundamental and practical aspects of the uses of supercritical
fluids in the chemistry laboratory. Thermodynamic treatment of high
pressure multicomponent phase equilibria, transport properties,
solubilities, supercritical fluid extraction and chromatography for
analytical purposes, reactions in supercritical fluids, equipment
considerations, new developments.
- CHEM 5103 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8318)
- Free Radicals
- Photochemical generation of free radical reaction intermediates in
the condensed phase. Techniques to be explored include laser flash
photolysis, pulse radiolysis, esr, CIDNP and matrix isolation.
- CHEM 5104 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8317)
- Ionic Reaction Intermediates
- Generation of ionic reaction intermediates in the condensed phase
and their characterization by experimental techniques. Includes
carbocations, zwitte rionic intermediates.
- CHEM 5105 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8339)
- Heterogeneous Catalysis
- Principles of catalytic reactions and topics in modern applications
of catalysis. Bonding of substrates on surfaces; cluster-surface
analogy; ensemble requirements; mechanisms of catalysis on metal and
metal oxide surfaces.
- CHEM 5106 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8340)
- Organotransition Metal Catalysis: E-H Bond Activation
- The course will focus on the catalytic activation of E-H bonds by
soluble organometallic complexes. Examples may include: hydrogenation,
hydrosilation and hydroboration catalysis, hydroamination and
- CHEM 5107 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8341)
- Transition-Metal Catalyzed Polymerization
- Recent developments in polymerization catalysis via transition
metal complexes will be discussed, including insertion, metathesis, and
atom-transfer polymerization. The course will include a brief overview
of relevant concepts in polymer chemistry (e.g. molecular weight,
polydispersity, living polymerization, the glass transition).
- CHEM 5200 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8342)
- Clay Minerals Chemistry
- Occurrence, classification and mineralogy of clay minerals.
Intercalation processes and chemical modifications. Characterization of
natural and modified clays. Industrial applications.
- CHEM 5201 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8321)
- Solid State Chemistry
- Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of solid state synthesis.
Characterization of solids. Chemical and physical properties of solids
that may include aspects of intercalation reactions, ionic conductors,
glasses, electronic, magnetic optical and physical/mechanical
- CHEM 5202 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8343)
- Chemistry of the Main Group Elements.
- Fundamental and applied aspects of main group element chemistry.
Topics may include non-metal chemistry, main group organometallic
chemistry, applicati on of main group element compounds to solid state
synthesis (e.g. CVD and/or sol gel processes), uses of main group
element compounds in synthesis.
- CHEM 5203 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8322)
- Topics in Co-ordination Chemistry
- The course will consist of a brief introduction to basic concepts
in co-ordination chemistry, including carbon dioxide fixation,
dinitrogen fixation, activation, olefin metathesis, nature of the M-M
- CHEM 5204 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8303)
- Descriptive Organometallic Chemistry
- The course reviews basic concepts of M-C bonds, the preparation and
reactivity of transition and non-transition metal organometallic
species. Brief discussion of the most important catalytic processes
(e.g. Ziegler-Natta, Fisher-Tropsch, catalytic hydrogenation and
hydroformilation) will be also offered.
- CHEM 5205 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8307)
- Ions and Ionic Processes in Chemistry
- Properties of water, hydration of ions, ionic interaction,
colloidal and polymeric electrolytes. Ionization processes in
- CHEM 5300 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8331)
- Physical Chemistry of Biological Macromolecules
- Application of physical techniques normally applied to small
molecules, used to study macromolecular structure and function of DNA
and proteins. Examples include: kinetics, electrochemistry, equilibria
- CHEM 5301 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8332)
- Electrochemical Phenomena in Biological Systems
- Description of theory accounting for the generation of membrane
potentials. Application to the generation of nerve impulses.
- CHEM 5302 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8333)
- Surface Phenomena in Biological Systems
- Description of theory of surface tension phenomena in aqueous
systems. Discussion of effects of cell and macromolecular structures in
- CHEM 5303 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8126)
- Bioorganic Chemistry
- Overview of recent developments in the mechanistic understanding of
selected enzyme-catalyzed reactions. Topics include Cytochrome P450,
methane monooxygenase, biotin and lipoic acid biosynthesis, methyl
transfer, Vitamin B12, lipoxygenase, prostaglandin synthase, etc.
Emphasis will be placed on biotransformations which are relatively
poorly understood from a mechanistic point of view.
- CHEM 5304 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8349)
- Free Radicals in Chemistry and Biology
- Oxidative stress induced by free radicals plays a significant role
in fatal and chronic diseases. The chemistry of bio-radicals will be
described and related to pathobiological processes such as lipid
peroxidation and atherosclerosis, protein nitration and cross linking,
and DNA scission.
- CHEM 5309 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8347)
- Electron Transfer: Theory and Experiment
- The development of classical, semi-classical and quantum mechanical
electron transfer models is described. In addition, the course will
examine recent experimental results and the application of electron
transfer theory to biological systems.
- CHEM 5400 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8305)
- Synthesis Methods
- Discussion of modern reactions and reagents and their development.
Modern methods such as Evans enolates, catalytic processes,
organometallic methods. Combination of methods for the preparation of
complex molecules and building blocks.
- CHEM 5401 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8328)
- Applications of Organometallic Chemistry to Synthesis
- Modern chemistry depends heavily on organometallic methods, many of
which have become catalytic and involve metals such as Cu, Pd, Pt, Mo,
Cr, Ru. Various applications will be discussed including Stille
coupling, Heck reaction, ring-closing metathesis.
- CHEM 5402 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8329)
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Preparation of drugs, their mode of action, their use in tre ating
of disease. The evolution of medicine due to chemistry. Discussion of
metabolic pathways and their modification to control and/or circumvent
- CHEM 5403 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8319)
- Total Syntheses
- The philosophy and strategy development for complex syntheses will
be discussed along with modern reagents and reactions that have
shortened classical routes and lead to more efficient and atom
- CHEM 5404 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8330)
- The focus will be on heterocycles. Reactivity of these heterocycles
and their use for drugs and applications for the total synthesis
particularly of alkaloids. Included in this survey will be an extensive
examination of carbohydrate chemistry and other important oxygen
- CHEM 5405 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8320)
- Pericyclic and Stereoelectronic Effects
- Pericyclic reactions, facial selectivity, stereoelectronic effects
in carbohydrates and related acetal cleavage. Applications to complex
- CHEM 5406 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8164)
- Organic Polymer Chemistry
- Basic principles of industrial and synthetic polymers.
Polymerization and polymer characterization. Topics to cover some
important polymers with emphasis on synthesis, commodity plastics,
engineering thermoplastics and specialty polymers. Also offered at the
undergraduate level, as CHEM 4204, for which additional credit is
- Prerequisites: CHEM 3201 and CHEM 3202 and/or CHEM 4203 or the
equivalent. Students should have a basic knowledge of organic reaction
mechanisms and stereochemistry.
- CHEM 5407 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8134)
- Spectroscopy for Organic Chemists
- Analysis of proton NMR spectra. Fourier transform 13C NMR,
strategies for structure elucidation, relaxation times, two-dimensional
NMR. Aspects of mass spectrometry. Also offered at the undergraduate
level, with different requirements, as CHEM 4 202, for which additional
credit is precluded.
- CHEM 5408 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8350)
- Introduction to Polymer Structure and Morphology
- Flexible and rigid rod polymers: effect of molecular constitution
and conformation; examples of polymer architectures and function; the
amorphous state and glass transition; the crystalline state: typical
crystal structures of polymers; polymorphism; crystallinity and long
spacing. Thermal and solvent-induced crystallization; Lamellar and
- CHEM 5409 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8351)
- Morphology of Polymers and Composites
- Liquid crystalline state of polymers; morphology of block
copolymers and polymer blends; plasticizers and fillers for tailoring
properties; depression of glass transition and melting temperature;
phase stability of polymer composites; mechanical properties; self
assembled systems; polymer nano-composites for electronic devices;
common experimental techniques.
- CHEM 5500 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8348)
- Analytical Instrumentation
- Principles of modern electronics, devices and instruments.
Measurement of photonic and electrochemical signals. Conditioning of
signals for feedback control and microcomputer interfacing.
Computational data analysis techniques such as simplex optimization.
Applications in chemical analysis include amperometric detector for
capillary electrophoresis, and surface plasmon resonance
- CHEM 5501 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8352)
- Analytical Approach to Chemical Problems
- Case study of analytical approach to various chemical problems in
agricultural, biochemical, environmental, food processing, industrial,
pharmaceutical and material sciences. Analytical methods include
capillary electrophoresis, chemiluminescence, Fourier transform
infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma emission
spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, biochemical sensors, and fibre optics
for remote sensing.
- CHEM 550 2 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8353)
- Trace and Ultratrace Analytical Chemistry
- Criteria for evaluation and selection of analytical techniques and
methods. Electroanalytical techniques. Simultaneous and sequential
multielement determination. Atomic absorption, atomic emission and
atomic fluorescence spectrometry, using optical spectrometric and
mass-spectrometric determination. Applications of these techniques at
trace and ultratrace levels in complex matrices.
- CHEM 5503 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8354)
- Chemical Speciation in the Natural Environment
- Metal-organic interactions in the aquatic environment. Evaluation
of analytical techniques and their capability for quantitative
determination of chemical species (as opposed to total
element-determination) in the natural environment. Electrochemical
techniques for determination of chemical speciation of nutrient and
toxicant elements present in the natural environment.
- CHEM 5504 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8314)
- Surface Chemistry Aspects of Electrochemical Science
- Introduction to electrode processes and electrolysis. Potential
differences at interfaces. Characterization of the electrical double
layer. Dipole orientation effects, charge-transfer in adsorbed layers,
electrochemical origins of surface science concepts. Theory of electron
transfer, electrode kinetics, electrocatalysis.
- CHEM 5505 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8315)
- Electrochemical Surface Science
- Introduction to advanced in-situ techniques in electrochemistry:
Scanning probe microscopy, Raman, infrared and laser spectroscopy.
- Prerequisites: CHEM 5504 (CHM 8141)
- CHEM 5506 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8316)
- Surface Chemistry
- Adsorption phenomena and isotherms, surface areas of solids. Modern
techniques in surface chemistry and surface science such as electron
diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy,
electron energy loss spectroscopy, infra red and Raman spectroscopy.
Current new techniques.
- CHEM 5507 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8312)
- Applications of Thermochemistry to Chemical Problems
- Deals with the measurement of and interrelationship between
molecular, radical and ionic enthalpies and their relevance to bond
strengths and chemical reactivity.
- CHEM 5508 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8313)
- Ion Structures in Organic Chemistry
- This course is focused on the significance of structure on the
generation and behaviour of organic cations and anions in gaseous and
- CHEM 5509 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8334)
- Novel Organic and Inorganic Molecules and Radicals
- Topics to be covered will be centred on neutralization-reionization
techniques as well as flash pyrolysis and matrix isolation
- CHEM 5600 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8323)
- Quantum Mechanical Methods - Theory
- A course dealing with the theory behind quantum mechanical methods
(HF, MP2, CI, DFT).
- CHEM 5601 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8324)
- Quantum Mechanical Methods - Applications
- A computational chemistry course dealing with practical
applications of methods taught in CHM 8171 such as thermochemistry,
reaction pathway modeling, structure predictions.
- Prerequisites: CHM 8171
- CHEM 5602 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8344)
- Computational Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry
- Theory and application of methods used in the pharmaceutical
industry including molecular mechanics.
- CHEM 5603 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8345)
- Molecular Energy Transfer
- Principles of energy transfer during non-reactive molecular
collisions as deduced from experiment and theory, mostly in the gas
phase. Translational, rotational, vibrational and electronic energies
- CHEM 5604 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8336)
- Non-Equilibrium Kinetics
- Gas phase chemical kinetics of elementa ry and complex reaction
mechanisms, as seen from a microscopic viewpoint. Unimolecular and
bimolecular reactions under conditions of non-Boltzmann energy
distributions. Consequences for combustion and atmospheric chemistry,
as well as for fundamental kinetics.
- CHEM 5605 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8337)
- Non-Linear Chemical Kinetics
- Principles of non-linear dynamics as applied to very complex
chemical reaction mechanisms containing feedback processes. Monotonic,
oscillatory, and chaotic dependence of concentrations on time. Gas
phase and liquid phase reactions.
- CHEM 5705 [0.5 credit] (CHM 9109)
- Concepts of ecotoxicology, emphasizing whole ecosystem response to
hazardous contaminants. Impacts of chronic and acute exposure of
ecosystems to toxicants, the methods of pesticide, herbicide and
pollutant residue analysis and the concept of bound residues. (Also
listed as BIOL 6403 [BIO 9104].)
- Prerequisite: BIOL 6402 (BIO 9101)/CHEM 5708 (CHM 8156).
- CHEM 5708 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8156)
- Principles of Toxicology
- Basic theorems of toxicology with examples of current research
problems. Toxic risk is defined as the product of intensive hazard and
research problems. Each factor is assessed in scientific and social
contexts and illustrated with many types of experimental material.
(Also listed as BIOL 6402 [BIO 9101].)
- CHEM 5709 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8157)
- Chemical Toxicology
- Introduction to modeling chemical hazards and exposures at the
cellular level. The properties of toxic substances are compared to the
responses of enzymatic systems. These interactions are defined as
Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships and used to interpret
hazardous materials under regulations such as WHMIS. (Also listed as
BIOL 5709 [BIO 8113].)
- Prerequisite: BIOL 6402/CHEM 5708 (BIO 9101/CHM 8156).
- CHEM 5801 [1.0 credit] (CHM 8256 )
- Seminar I
- A seminar course in which students are required to present a
seminar on a topic not related to their research program. In addition,
students are required to attend the seminars of their fellow classmates
and actively participate in the discussion following the seminar.
- CHEM 5802 [1.0 credit] (CHM 8257S)
- Seminar II
- A seminar course in which students are required to present a
seminar on their Ph.D. research topic in their research program. In
addition, students are required to attend the seminars of their fellow
classmates and actively participate in the discussion following the
- CHEM 5805 [1.0 credit] (CHM 8167)
- Seminar in Toxicology
- This course introduces the seminar format and involves student,
faculty and invited seminar speakers. The student will present a
seminar and submit a report on a current topic in toxicology. (Also
listed as BIOL 6405.)
- CHEM 5900 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8158)
- Directed Special Studies
- Under unusual circumstances and with the recommendation of the
research supervisor, it is possible to engage in directed study on a
topic of particular value to the student. This may also be used for
credit if there are insufficient course offerings in a particular
- CHEM 5901 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8304)
- Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
- Topics of current interest in organic chemistry. The content of
this course may vary from year to year.
- CHEM 5902 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8302)
- Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
- Topics of current interest inorganic chemistry. The content of this
course may vary from year to year.
- CHEM 5903 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8309)
- Advanced Topics in Physical/Theoretical Chemistry
- Topics of current interest in physical/theoretical chemistry. The
content of this course may vary from year to year.
- CHEM 5904 [0.5 credit]
- Scientific Data Proc essing and Evaluation
- Optimization of scientific measurements, calibration, uni-variate
and multi-variate analysis of scientific data, «intelligent»
spreadsheets for scientific data processing and presentation, noise
reduction using spreadsheets, correction for signal drifts; examples
from chemistry, spectroscopy and other scientific disciplines.
- Prerequisites: CHEM 4301, or permission from the Department. Also
offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as
CHEM 4303 for which additional credit is precluded.
- CHEM 5909 (CHM 7999)
- M.Sc. Thesis
- CHEM 6909 (CHM 9999)
- Ph.D. Thesis