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  • Objectives
    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.
  • Academic title
    Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Course description
    Program Requirements

    1. A research thesis defended at an oral examination (3.0 credits)

    2. One credit of graduate courses (made up of any combination of 0.5 credit and 0.25 credit courses)

    3. CHEM 5801 (1.0 credit)

    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
        Brief introduction to solid state NMR spectroscopy. Topics include dipolar coupling interactions, chemical shielding anisotropy, the quadrupolar interaction and averaging techniques such as magic angle spinning.

    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 5108 [0.5 credit] (CHM 8302)
        Surface Chemistry and Nanostructures
        Surface structure, thermodynamics and kinetics, specifically regarding adsorption/desorption and high vacuum models. Nanoscale structures and their formation, reactivity and characterization. Thin films, carbon nanotubes, self-assembled monolayers and supramolecular aggregates.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as CHEM 4103, for which additional credit is precluded.

    CHEM 5206 [0.5 credit]
        Physical Methods of Nanotechnology
        An overview of methods used in nanotechnology.  Principles of scanning probe techniques ranging from surface physics to biology.  State of the art methods to create nanostructures for future applications in areas such as nanolithography, nanoelectronics, nano-optics, data storage and bio-analytical nanosystems.

    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 5305 [0.25 credit] (CHM 8356)
        Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry
        Characterization of inorganic materials and coordination complexes by electronic absorption and electron paramagnetic spectroscopies, temperature and field dependent magnetic susceptibilities, and crystallography.

    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 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 precluded.
        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 4202, 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 Spherulitic morphology.

    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 immunosensor.

    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 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 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 seminar.

    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 field.

    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] (CHM 8104)
        Scientific Data Processing 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 5905 [0.5 credit] (CHM 5105)
        A study of nuclear stability and decay; chemical studies of nuclear phenomena. Applications of radioactivity.
        Also offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as CHEM 4502 for which additional credit is precluded.
        Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

    CHEM 5909 (CHM 7999)
        M.Sc. Thesis

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