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Department of Chemistry


C8035 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 2913590 Tel, (604) 2913765 Fax, www.sfu.ca/chemistry

Chair

B.M. Pinto BSc, PhD (Qu), FCIC

Graduate Program Chair

A.J. Bennet BSc, PhD (Brist)

Faculty and Areas of Research

see "Department of Chemistry". for a complete list of faculty.

G. Agnes - analytical chemistry

A.J. Bennet - organic chemistry

T.J. Borgford - biochemistry*

N.R. Branda - organic chemistry, materials chemistry

J.A.C. Clyburne - inorganic chemistry

R.B. Cornell - biochemistry*

R.J. Cushley - physical biochemistry*

J.M. D'Auria - nuclear chemistry

I.D. Gay - physical chemistry

R.H. Hill - inorganic chemistry

S. Holdcroft - polymer chemistry

C.H.W. Jones - radiochemistry

E. Kiehlmann - organic chemistry

R.G. Korteling - nuclear chemistry

G.W. Leach - physical chemistry

D.B. Leznoff - inorganic chemistry

P.C.H. Li - analytical chemistry

G.L. Malli - theoretical chemistry, chemical physics

P.W. Percival - physical chemistry, nuclear chemistry

B.M. Pinto - organic chemistry

E. Plettner - bio-organic chemistry

R.K. Pomeroy - inorganic chemistry

W.R. Richards - biochemistry*

D. Sen - biochemistry*

K.N. Slessor - bio-organic chemistry

J.J. Wilkie - theoretical chemistry

V. Williams - organic chemistry

P.D. Wilson - organic chemistry

Z-G. Ye - materials chemistry

K. K-C Yeung - analytical chemistry

Associate Member

D.H. Boal, Physics

*joint appointment with biochemistry

Degrees Offered

The department offers courses leading to the MSc and PhD degrees.

Degree Requirements

All students will be assigned a graduate supervisory committee who meets with the student at least once a year to assess progress. The first meeting must occur before the end of the second semester of registration. At this meeting the student makes an oral presentation of the research proposal; in subsequent years research progress must be reported.

MSc Program

Admission

see "Graduate General Regulations"..

Degree Requirements
Course Work

The minimum requirement for the master's degree is 12 credit hours of graduate courses.

Research

A major part of this program is devoted to original research. A thesis describing this must be submitted and defended at program conclusion.

PhD Program

Admission

see "Graduate General Regulations"..

Degree Requirements
Course Work

For students entering with a BSc or equivalent: 15 credit hours of graduate courses. For students entering with a master's degree: six credit hours of graduate courses not including CHEM 801.

Research

A major portion of this program will be devoted to original research. A thesis embodying new and significant results must be presented and defended at the conclusion of the degree program.

Transfer from MSc to PhD Program

Transfer from the MSc to the PhD program without submitting an MSc thesis must satisfy University requirements. Evidence of research potential will be judged by the graduate program committee.

Biochemistry

see "Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry"..

Chemical Physics

Students who wish to undertake interdisciplinary work in chemical physics may apply to the Department of Chemistry or to the Department of Physics. see "Graduate General Regulations". for chemical physics under special arrangements.

Cooperative Education Program

The Department of Chemistry offers a cooperative education option to allow students to gain work experience outside the academic sphere. Students who are currently enrolled in the department's MSc program may apply for registration in CHEM 881 and 882. This option is only tenable after the completion of an MSc thesis and defence but before formal graduation. Registration in these courses requires the approval of the graduate program committee.

Graduate Courses

CHEM 750-3 Advanced Organic Chemistry

An advanced treatment of mechanism and structure in organic chemistry and the use of physical methods as probes of structure, stereochemistry and conformation.

CHEM 751-3 Advanced Organic Chemistry II

An advanced treatment of strategy in organic synthesis. The principles and use of modern synthetic methodology.

CHEM 752-3 Advanced Bio-organic Chemistry

An advanced treatment of the use of enzymes in organic synthesis, the use of stable and radio isotopes in the study of enzymatic processes, and the design of enzyme inhibitors.

CHEM 753-3 Photo-organic Chemistry

Discussion of energy transfer, electron transfer, excited states, photophysics, and mechanistic and synthetic aspects of photochemistry in solution.

CHEM 754-3 Carbohydrate Chemistry

A detailed treatment of the structure and reactions of monosaccharides, the use of carbohydrates as chiral templates in organic synthesis, advances in glycoside synthesis, the occurrence, chemistry, and conformational analysis of complex carbohydrates and their role in biological systems.

CHEM 801-3 Student Seminar

Discussion of recent literature in chemistry through student seminars.

CHEM 811-3 Crystal Structure Analysis I

Point groups, space groups, periodic structures with atoms in general and special positions. The crystal as a 3-dimensional diffraction grating; the Laue conditions; Bragg's Law, Single crystal methods with X-rays. Electron density as the transform of structure amplitudes. Fourier maps. An introduction to the phase problem. Structure refinement and accuracy assessment.

CHEM 812-2 Crystal Structure Analysis II

The phase problem and its solution by direct and vector space techniques. Neutron and electron diffraction. Application of these techniques to problems of the solid state.

CHEM 823-3 Selected Topics of Special Biochemical Interest
CHEM 824-3 Physical Biochemistry

Modern physical methods applied to biomacromolecules; structure of nucleic acids, proteins and membranes.

CHEM 825-3 Bioenergetics

A discussion of the most important processes for biological energy transduction. Structure-function relationships of membrane components and/or other interacting macromolecular systems.

CHEM 832-3 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

An advanced treatment of the synthesis, structures, reactions and spectroscopic identification of inorganic compounds.

CHEM 833-3 Recent Advances in Main Group Chemistry

Important developments in main group chemistry in recent years will be examined in the context of the basic chemistry of the elements involved; not every element or group will necessarily be discussed.

CHEM 834-3 Recent Advances in Transition Metal Chemistry

Developments in the chemistry of simple and complex transition metal compounds emphasizing current theories of electronic structure, stereochemistry and bonding.

CHEM 835-3 Recent Advances in Organometallic Chemistry

A review of recent progress in this area, including metal alkyls, metal carbonyls and their derivatives, complexes with delocalized ring systems and related compounds.

CHEM 836-3 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry I

An advanced, in-depth treatment of a specialized area of inorganic chemistry.

CHEM 837-3 Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry II

An advanced, in-depth treatment of a specialized area of inorganic chemistry.

CHEM 841-3 Advanced Nuclear Chemistry I

Review of deuteron and nucleon-nucleon scattering, a study of nuclear models, and a detailed description of nuclear spectroscopy.

CHEM 842-3 Selected Topics in Radiochemistry

Theory and practical techniques of the current uses of radioactive isotopes in systems of chemical interest.

CHEM 843-3 Advanced Nuclear Chemistry II

A thorough discussion of the theories of nuclear reactions and the mechanism of fission. Additional topics on nuclear models and elementary particles.

CHEM 856-3 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry

An advanced treatment of specific topics related to the study of organic compounds. Topics which will be discussed will vary from one semester to the next.

CHEM 860-3 Advanced Physical Chemistry

A review of basic concepts in physical chemistry, spectroscopy and chemical kinetics.

CHEM 861-3 Photochemistry and Chemical Kinetics

Chemical kinetics with emphasis on the reactions of free radicals and excited species. Basic principles of photochemistry and their application. CHEM 861 may not be taken for credit by students who have completed CHEM 865.

CHEM 862-3 Macromolecular Chemistry

Physical properties and characterization of macromolecules. Relationship between structure and properties. Kinetics of polymerization. CHEM 862 may not be taken for credit by students who have completed CHEM 867.

CHEM 863-3 Magnetic Resonance

Principles, techniques and applications of NMR and ESR.

CHEM 869-3 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry

A specialized area of physical chemistry will be selected from a list of topics.

CHEM 871-3 Quantum Chemistry

Non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Atomic and molecular structure, perturbation theory, variation method.

CHEM 881-0 Co-op Practicum I

First semester work experience term for graduate students. Prerequisite: completion of MSc thesis including defence.

CHEM 882-0 Co-op Practicum II

Second semester work experience term for graduate students. Prerequisite: completion of MSc thesis including defence.

CHEM 898-0 MSc Thesis

A thesis for the MSc degree may be written on a topic in either chemistry or chemical education. Students electing to write a thesis in chemical education, are required to complete satisfactorily 10 hours of course work in the Faculty of Education in addition to the minimum chemistry degree requirements. The 10 units of course work in the Faculty of Education may not be used for credit towards the PhD degree in Chemistry if the student transfers into the PhD program.

CHEM 899-0 PhD Thesis


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