Course Information

Graduate Courses in Chemistry

Courses marked with (*) may also be read by undergraduates who meet the prerequisites. Undergraduates may also be allowed to read the other courses in the list, on a case-by-case basis.


CBC721
Graduate Analytical Chemistry

4 AU

Latest analytical techniques in chemistry, with an emphasis on experimental techniques and the theory of electroanalytical chemistry.

Prerequisite: CM4011 or equivalent.

CBC723
Graduate Organic Chemistry

4 AU

Advanced topics in organic synthesis, including: major synthetically useful reactions; asymmetric processes; metal-mediated organic transformations; protecting groups in organic synthesis; and selected mechanisms in organic synthesis.

Prerequisite: CM3031 or equivalent.

CBC724
Graduate Physical Chemistry

4 AU

The molecular approach to physical chemistry, and the core theories of physical chemistry: quantum theory and spectroscopy; statistical and equilibrium thermodynamics; chemical kinetics and dynamics; special advanced topics in modern physical chemistry.

Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.

CBC725
Contemporary Organometallic Chemistry

4 AU

Principles and applications of organometallic compounds: synthesis, reactivity and structural aspects.

Prerequisite: CM3021 or equivalent.

CBC727
Molecular Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy

4 AU

Molecular mechanics; symmetry; quantum mechanics; electronic structure of atoms; electronic structure of diatomic molecules; self-consistent-field method; empirical and semiempirical methods; electron correlation methods; qualitative molecular orbital theory; comparisons of computational methods; calculation of molecular properties; molecular modeling software; rotational spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; atomic spectroscopy; electronic spectroscopy of diatomic molecules; electronic spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules; photoelectron and related spectroscopy; Auger electron and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; lasers and laser spectroscopy; magnetic resonance spectroscopy; excitons: theory and applications.

Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.

CBC728
Computer Aided Drug Design

4 AU

Principles of computational methods used for drug design. Topics include: molecular modeling; computational structural chemistry; computational quantum chemistry; protein/DNA structure; ligand-based drug design; quantitative structure-activity relationship.

CBC729
Graduate Seminar

4 AU

Seminar course on the latest scientific literature. Students are required to attend at least 14 seminars (given by visiting scientists or division faculty, as well as students); deliver a 30-40 minute talk in the Graduate Student Symposium; and participate in a question-and-answer session on a chosen research topic.

CBC731
Quantum Mechanics - A time-dependent perspective

4 AU

Time-dependent Schrödinger equation; free particle wave packet; Gaussian wave packets; the Ehrenfest Theorem; Wigner representation; time-dependent perturbation theory; correlation functions and spectra; approximation methods and numerical methods; molecular dynamics; wave packet approach to one- and two-photon electronic spectroscopy; femtosecond spectroscopy; wave packet approach to reactive scattering.

Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.

CBC732
Graduate Chemical Biology

4 AU

Modern advances at the interface between chemistry and biology. Topics include: proteins; nucleic acids; carbohydrate structure; enzyme catalysis and inhibition; metabolism; signal transduction; cancer and virus biology; molecular biology; transcription and translation; protein folding.

CBC733
Advanced Computational Chemistry

4 AU

Computational methods for studying reaction mechanisms, catalysis, transport phenomena, organic and bioorganic binding, device simulations and molecular conformation. Students are required to complete a computational project, in discussion with the lecturer and their research advisor.

Prerequisite: research advisor approval

MPS780/781
Supervised Research I/II

4 AU

Independent research courses, intended for students who are planning and executing the first stage of their graduate thesis.

Not offered for students admitted in AY17/18 and after.

CBC736
Advanced Chemical Instrumentation

2 AU

Basic concepts and applications of important instruments, including optical microscopes, SEM, TEM, NMR, MALDI & DRAT & ESI MS, UV, IR, HPLC, GPC, and GC; theories of optics, electrons and nuclear spins, ionization, separation; interpretation of acquired images, spectra, and chromatograms. Includes 39 hours of lab work to familiarize students with the instruments.

CBC737
Graduate Reaction Mode Organic Chemistry

2 AU

Advanced understanding of basic reaction modes; advanced understanding of reaction mechanism and electron-push reaction pathways; acid catalysis; basic and nucleophilic catalysis; selected key topics and recent literature in organic chemistry.

CBC738
Graduate Life Science Organic Chemistry

2 AU

Carbohydrates and application in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology; organoborons and application in biomaterials chemistry and chemical biology; radical reactions and application in biomedical research.

CBC739
Graduate Basic and Technical Inorganic Chemistry

2 AU

Structure and bonding in inorganic compounds; experimental techniques in inorganic research; solution-state structures and NMR techniques; solid-state structures and X-ray crystallography; transition metal catalysis; computational chemistry.

CBC740
Graduate Main Group Element Inorganic Chemistry

2 AU

A comprehensive overview of basic concepts of general inorganic chemistry - modern main group chemistry: spin multiplicity; inert pair effect Lewis acidity; Wade's rule; the relationship between the frontier orbitals and US-vis spectrum.

CBC741
Advanced Analytical and Spectroscopic Methods in Materials Chemistry

2 AU
Available to undergraduates

An advanced course in analytical and spectroscopic materials chemistry, with comprehensive coverage of the principles of analytical and spectroscopic techniques, and insight into recent advances and current topics in this field.

CBC742
Advanced Synthetic and Physical Approaches to Materials Chemistry

2 AU
Available to undergraduates

An advanced course in synthetic and physical materials chemistry, covering the synthetic and physical aspects of materials and reactions, and providing insight into recent advances and current topics in this field.