Description of Graduate Courses

CHEM 500 M.S. Thesis (Non-Credit)

CHEM 501 Seminar in Chemistry I (2-0)2

This seminar consists of meetings among the department staff, invited guests and graduate students to discuss recent developments in Chemistry.


CHEM 502 Seminar in Chemistry II (2-0)2

A continuation of CHEM 501.


CHEM 503 Chemical Kinatics (3-0)3

Analysis of kinetic results, mechanism of elementary processes, theories of chemical kinetics gas-phase reactions, reactions in solution, reactions on surface and in the solid state. Some complex and fast reactions.


Chem 504: Chemistry of Optoelectronic Systems (3-0)3

Organic molecules and polymers, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene, conjugated polymers, synthesis, optical and electrical properties, applications of conjugated systems: solar cells, light emitting diodes, electrochromic devices and transistors. Some of the characterization techniques for morphology (such as AFM, TEM, XRD..etc).


CHEM 507 Nuclear Chemistry (3-3)3

The atomic nuclei, atomic structure and composition of nuclei, nuclear systematics. Nuclear masses and stability, angular momentum of nucleus. Radioactive decay and growth. Equations of transformation during nuclear reactions. Radioactive decay processes, alpha, beta and gamma decays. The structure of nuclei, nuclear models, nuclear forces, Fermi gas model, Shell model, Liquid drop model, Collective model. Nuclear reaction, center of mass system, direct interaction, compound nucleus formation. Fission, charge and mass distribution.


CHEM 509 Statistical Thermodynamics (3-0)3

A course designed for physical chemists introducing the basic methods of statistical mechanics and their application to thermodynamics systems.


CHEM 511 Radiation Chemistry (3-0)3

Interaction of radiation with matter, ions, exited states, radicals, radiation chemistry of water and aqueous solutions. Radiation chemistry of some chemical systems. Applications.


CHEM 512 Degradation and Stabilization of Polymers (3-0)3

The concept of polymer degradation is discussed. The types of degradation is discussed. The types of degradation and the resultant chemical changes in the polymer are reviewed. The stabilization of polymers against these undesirable deteriorating effects and some industrial problems of degradation and stabilization are discussed.


CHEM 514 Applied Mathematics (3-0)3

Numerical methods required for data analysis, polynomial approximations, regression set of linear equations, eigenvalue problem with applications to chemical problems. Knowledge of FORTRAN is required.


CHEM 515 Physical Organic Chemistry (3-0)3

Molecular properties. Free energy and entropy. Acids and bases, Hammet equation. Catalysis. Free energy relationships. Isotope effects. Solvent effects. Molecular structure and chemical reactivity.

Prerequisite : CHEM 332


CHEM 517 Colloid and Surface Chemistry of Soil (3-0)3

Disperse systems, their description and basic mechanical behaviour, soil minerals, basic silicate structures and clay minerals, clay suspensions: electrical double layer theories, solid-liquid, solid-gas, solid-solid interfaces. Chemical soil stabilization. Laboratory work consists of related experiments.


CHEM 518 Coordination and Catalysis (3-0)3

A review of structures and properties of coordination compounds. The use of organotransition metal complexes to catalyze the conversion of unsaturated substance into alcohols, ketones, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, polymers, etc. Discussion of reaction mechanism of catalytic isomerization, hydrogenation, hydroformylation addition, substitution, metathesis reaction, activation of oxygen and nitrogen, and their importance in industry.


CHEM 520 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance II (3-0)3

Basic theory of NMR, macroscopic treatment, NMR in laboratory and rotating frames, NMR signal, resolution and sensitivity, NMR instrumentation, NMR parameters, proton NMR, chemical shift, Spin-spin coupling, Analysis of complex spin systems.


CHEM 521 Perturbation Molecular Orbital Theory (3-0)3

I- MO Theory Perturbation Theory:

a) Centric Perturbations 

b) Intramolecular Perturbations 

c) Intermolecular Perturbations 

d) Firts, Second and Higher Order Perturbations 

II- Applications of PMO Theory to organic molecules


CHEM 522 Molecular Orbital Theory (3-0)3

Determination of atomic and molecular structure, wavefunction for simple atoms. MO and VB theories, approximate methods for obtaining mlecular properties with comparison to the experimental observations.

Prerequisite : CHEM 204


CHEM 524 High Resolution NMR (3-0)3

Principles of pulsed NMR, Fourier Transformation spectrum accumulation, double-resonance techniques, data handling, 13C-NMR spectroscopy, Multiple pulse methods, INEPT and DEPT, spectrum editing, two dimensional NMR, dynamic NMR, NMR in solid-state.


CHEM 526 Properties and Structure of Ionomers (3-0)3

Preparation of the ion-containing polymers and various methods for characterization of their structures. Survey of relaxation behaviour, viscoelastic, rheological , optical and thermal properties of ionomers. Discussion of new ionomer systems.


CHEM 528 Polymer Molecular Weights (3-0)3

Fundamental concepts on the various molecular weights of polymers and their distribution. Fractionation and their procedures, membrance osmometry, and group determination, light scattering from solutions, viscometric methods, ultra centrifuge sedimentation method and various methods for the determination of molecular weights of linear polymers related with their physical properties.


CHEM 529 Organic Stereochemistry (3-0)3

Basic concepts of stereochemistry. Resolution of racemic forms, preparation of stereoisomers, asymmetric synthesis, chiroptical methods in structure elucidation.


CHEM 535 Computer Simulation of Molecular Motion (3-0)3

Basic concepts of classical mechanics, equations of motion, vector concept, basic principles of quantum mechanics, correspondence principle, linear dynamics, basic principles of statistical mechanics, electronic states, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, Hartree-Fock methods, population dynamics, periodic boundary conditions, long range forces, semi-empirical and ab-inito methods in quantum chemistry, macroscopic properties from MD, force field and internal coordinates.


CHEM 537 Organic Chemistry of Macromolecules (3-0)3

Discussion of chemistry of monomer and polymer formations. Stereochemistry of polymer structure and forces of stereoregulation. Step growth and chain growth polymerization reactions. Degradation reactions of polymers.


CHEM 539 Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties of Polymers (3-0)3

Survey of mechanical and rheological properties of polymers, with particular emphasis on relation between molecular structure and mechanical behaviour. Fundamentals of elasticity and flow technological aspects of mechanical behaviour of high polymers.

Prerequisite : CHEM 455 or consent of the instructor


CHEM 540 Group Theory and Its Chemical Applications (3-0)3

The course consists of two parts. In the first, principles, definitions and theorems of group theory, molecular symmetry representations of groups, group theory and quantum mechanics; in the second part, applications; symmetry aspects of molecular orbital theory, ligand field theory. VIS and UV spectra of transition metal complexes, metalligand bonding, molecular vibrations, and symmetry rules are considered.


CHEM 541 Advanced Topics in Polymer Chemistry (3-0)3

New and recent polymers, composites, their properties and application area.


CHEM 542 X-Ray Analysis (3-0)3

Production and properties of X-rays. Geometry of crystals, symmetry operations, point and space groups. Theory of X-ray diffraction, powder and single crystal diffraction patterns. Determination of crystal structures and unit cell dimensions. Fourier transform Rietveld analysis. Analysis by X-ray diffraction and fluorescence methods.


CHEM 543 Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules in Solution (3-0)3

Molecular weight distribution in linear and nonlinear chains. Configuration and conformation of chain molecules. Thermodynamics of macromolecular solutions. Phase equilibria in polymer systems. Frictional properties of dissolved macromolecules. Survey of recent theories for characterization of macromolecules in dilute solutions with special emphasis on the related experimental methods.


CHEM 544 Solid State Chemistry (3-0)3

Classification of solids, lattice energies of ionic crystals, further refinements in lattice energies. Experimental investigation of lattice defects. Nonstoichiometry; structural and thermodynamic aspects. Diffusion and structural transformation in solids. Reactions of solids. Preparation of materials.


CHEM 545 Polymer Science and Technology (3-4)5

The object of the course is to introduce methods encountered in the manufacture of industrial polymers (PE, PVC, PS. Nylons, Rubbers, etc.) together with the analysis, quality control, characterization (rheological and chemicals) and processing of such polymers, including plastization, stabilization, lubrication, spinning extrusion, moulding, calendaring, coating and composite formation. Unconventional uses of specific polymers are also discussed. The course is supplemented with a rigorous laboratory program.

Prerequisite : CHEM 455 or consent of the instructor


CHEM 546 Atomic Spectrometry (3-0)3

Fundamentals of atomic spectrometry and signal generation. Novel optical and instrumental designs. Atomic absorption spectrometry, flame, furnace, platinum loop, tungsten wire atomizers, vapour generation techniques, atom trapping systems. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry and mass spectrometry. Electrothermal vaporization techniques. Flow injection and other automated techniques in atomic spectrometry.


CHEM 547 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3-0)3

Contemporary trends in analytical chemistry. Analytical figures of merit; selectivity, sensitivity and detection limits. Chemical sensors based on fiber optic spectrometry, electrochemistry and acoustic interactions.


CHEM 548 Physical Chemistry of Interfaces (3-0)3

Viscous behaviour of dispersion, diffusion and sedimentation of colloidal particles, surface tension, contact angle and wetting, experimental methods, adsorption from solution, electrical properties of colloids, stability of dispersion, thin films, hydrodynamical effects and colloidal stability.


CHEM 550 Organic Electrochemistry (3-0)3

A review of electrochemical principles and advanced techniques, electron transfer mechanisms, oxidation and reduction of organic compounds in electrochemical synthesis. Initiation of polymerization via electrochemical methods; analysis and characterization of electrochemically obtained polymers and copolymers. Chromatographic technique in the computation of reactivity ratios of the copolymers.


CHEM 553 Electronics in Chemistry I (4-2)5

Definition of AC-DC, power, transformers, resistive, capacitive networks;diodes, rectification; power supply, AC-DC conversion; transducers; transistors; amplifiers; OP-AMP's and applications; filters; fault finding.

Prerequisite : Consent of the instructor


CHEM 554 Electronics in Chemistry II (3-0)3

Basic digital circuits; data handling logic circuits; interfacing of computers to various instruments; machine code programming and assembler language; data acquisation under computer control.


CHEM 555 Molecular Spectroscopy I (3-0)3

A short summary of quantum mechanics, rotational spectra of molecules, rotation-vibration spectra of molecules, absorption and emission of radiation by molecules, molecular symmetry and group theory, electronic spectra of molecules.


CHEM 556 Molecular Spectroscopy II (3-0)3

Theory and application of electron spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules, IR, NMR, NQR, ESR, CD, MCD, ORD, MORD, and photo-electron spectroscopy.


CHEM 557 Advanced Chromatography (3-0)3

A brief review of physical separation principles, solvent exraction, distillation. Theory and applications of GLC, HPLC, IC and CE. The most recent advanced in chromatographic sciences with reference to current literature. Ion Chromatography. Contemporary developments in chromatographic techniques.


CHEM 560 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (3-0)3

After a brief review of the present theories which account for metal-ligand bonding, the mechanisms of inorganic reactions in solution are studied under the following subtitles :

1) Ligand substitution reactions of square-planar, tetrahedral and octahedral transition metal complexes, 

2) Electron transfer reaction, 

3) Oxidative addition reactions, 

4) Catalysis reactions.


CHEM 562 Photochemistry (3-0)3

Light and the laws of photochemistry, primary photoohysical processes of polyatomic molecules, excited states, energy migration and transfers, lifetime measurements of excited states, kinetic studies of free radicals, design of dye lasers, determination of the mechanism of photochemical reactions.

Prerequisite : 4th year standing or consent of the instructor


CHEM 564 Structure and Morphology of Macromolecules (3-0)3

Molecular structure of macromolecules. Types of macromolecules with respect to crystal structure. Crystallization of polymeric compounds. Morphology of polymers. Degree of crystallinity in polymers. Optical properties of polymeric materials. Macrostructure from small-angle x-ray scattering. Microstructure from wide-angle x-ray diffraction.


CHEM 568 Biomedical Materials (3-0)3

Classification and characterization of materials which are used in bio-medical area. Metals, metal alloys, ceramics, polymers and their structure-property relationships. Tissue and blood response to implants and their tests.


CHEM 570 Quantum Electronics (3-0)3

Review of quantum mechanics, energy levels of materials in quantum-electronic devices, stimulated transitions, quantization of radiation field, solid liquid gas lasers, design of dye lasers.


CHEM 571 Block and Graft Copolymers (3-0)3

Preparation of block copolymers by living anionic polymerization, free radical polymerization, cationic polymerization, stepgrowth polymerization and other techniques. Characterization of block copolymers. Mechanical and thermal properties. Synthesis and properties of graft copolymers.


CHEM 574 Inorganic Polymers (3-0)3

Definition and special characteristics of inorganic polymers. Preparation and structure of two, three, three-four and greater than four network polymers. Polyphosphates, ultraphosphates, borophosphate, boron nitride, polymeric sulfur nitride, silicate glasses, borosilicate glasses, glass ceramics. Applications of inorganic polymers in technology.


CHEM 581 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry I (3-0)3

CHEM 582 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry II (3-0)3

CHEM 583 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry I (3-0)3

CHEM 584 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry II (3-0)3

CHEM 585 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry I (3-0)3

CHEM 586 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry II (3-0)3

CHEM 587 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry I (3-0)3

CHEM 588 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry II (3-0)3

CHEM 589 Experimental Techniques in Atmospheric Chemistry (3-2)4

Sampling and analysis techniques used in atmospheric research. Overview of natural and polluted environments, experimental kinetics, mechanics and spectroscopic techniques, monitoring techniques for gaseous criteria pollutants, environmental chambers, sampling and collection of gaseous pollutants and atmospheric particulate matter, determination of sizes of particles, determination of chemical composition.

Prerequisite : An analytical chemistry course or equivalent


CHEM 591 Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (4-0)4

CHEM 593 Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry (4-0)4

CHEM 595 Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (4-0)4

CHEM 596 Chemistry of Nutrition II (3-0)3

The chemistry, functions, deficiencies, recommended intakes, toxicities, if any, and sources of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, water soluble B and C vitamins, and water insoluble A, D, E, K, vitamins, major minerals e.g. Na, K, Ca, P and trace minerals e.g. Zn, Fe, Se, Cr, I, Cu, Mn and others in human nutrition.


CHEM 597 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (4-0)4


CHEM 598 Basic Concepts in Physical Chemistry (4-0)4

Basic concepts of Physical Chemistry. The origins of basic principles, universally accepted equations and the assumptions made in text-books. Logical explanations for the observations made in nature by basic laws of Physical Chemistry. Industrial applications of thermodynamics, kinetics, phase diagrams, electrolysis, radioactivity, etc.


CHEM 599 Frontier Molecular Theory of Organic Chemistry (3-0)3

a) M.O. Theory and frontier molecular orbitals,

b) Frontier molecular orbitals and the chemical reactivity, 

c) HSAB principle, 

d) Primary and secondary orbital interactions, 

e) Regioselectivity, periselectivity, stereoselectivity, and FMO theory, 

f) Applications.


CHEM 600 Ph.D. Thesis (Non-credit)

CHEM 601 Seminar in Chemistry III (2-0)2

CHEM 602 Seminar in Chemistry IV (2-0)2

CHEM 610 Research Proposal (4-0)4

CHEM 800-899 Special Studies (4-2)Non-credit

CHEM 900-999 Special Studies (4-0)Non-credit