2014 Chemistry Courses

CHM211 Organic Chemistry I
This class is an introduction to the classification, structure, and reaction mechanism of organic compounds. The class is set up so that, upon completion, students will understand the different characteristics of organic compounds, including their classification, structure, nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis.


CHM291 Analytical Chemistry I
The main purpose of the course is to provide students with a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the principles and practices of analytical chemistry, including classical and instrumental analytical techniques. This introductory course also covers the principles of spectrophotometry and mass spectrometry.


CHM231 Physical Chemistry I
This essential course is for undergraduate students who are interested in chemistry and chemistry-related fields. The course is designed to build basic physical concepts for fundamental understanding of equilibria in chemistry. Equilibria include physical change, such as fusion and vaporisation, and chemical change including electrochemistry. The details cover classical thermodynamics, particularly in terms of enthalpy and entropy. The students are expected to obtain a unified view of equilibrium and the direction of spontaneous change under the chemical potentials of bulk substances.


CHM351 Inorganic Chemistry I
The course is designed for undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry and materials science and engineering. The objective of this course is to understand basic principles of modern inorganic chemistry. Topics covered in this course include atomic and molecular structures, molecular shape and symmetry, structure of solids, acid-base, oxidation-reduction, and molecular bonding.


CHM212 Organic Chemistry II
This is a continuation of lectures in a two-semester organic chemistry course that is being offered to introduce students to the comprehensive principles of organic chemistry and to communicate the excitement of scientific discovery. The basic objective of Organic Chemistry 2 is to continue to lay a solid organic chemistry foundation for further studies in chemistry and related fields.


CHM232 Physical Chemistry II
A series of lectures on quantum chemistry is provided in this course. In the introductory part, lectures introduce the history of quantum mechanics including blackbody radiation, Planck's hypothesis, and Schrodinger equation. Basic concepts required for understanding quantum chemistry, such as discontinuity of energy states, wave function, and uncertainty principle are covered in the beginning of the course. Principles and applications of various spectroscopic techniques incorporating electronic, vibrational, rotational, and Raman spectroscopy are described in the following lectures.


CHM391 Instrumental Analysis
This course introduces the principles of analytical instruments which are essential for the characterisation of various compounds and materials. The course provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate them in laboratories. This course deals with many instruments for spectroscopic analysis (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, Raman), x-ray analysis (XRD, XRF), surface analysis (AFM, XPS, SIMS), thermal analysis (DSC, TGA), mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.


CHM321 Biochemistry 1
Our body is composed of various biological polymers such as protein, nucleic acid, lipid and glycan. These bio-polymers are composed of many monomer molecules such as amino acids, bases, fatty acids, and various sugar molecules. In this course of Biochemistry 1, students will learn basic biosynthetic mechanism of biopolymers by biological machinery. Biological polymers' structure and cellular functions will be discussed in this course, too. Because key mechanisms in this lecture will be discussed with organic chemistry terms, students are expected to have 2nd-year level knowledge of organic chemistry 1 and 2.


CHM201 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
This is a lab session of 2nd year organic chemistry courses, which covers basic organic transformations, purifications, and characterisations of organic compounds. The lab sessions provide basic knowledge and skills for simple reactions in organic chemistry. Safety will be a high priority.


CHM202 Physical/Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
This experimental course is designed to provide students a chance to experience up-to-date experimental physical chemistry instruments and experimentation as well as state-of-the art analytical instruments to characterise organic, inorganic, and biological molecules and materials.


CHM322 Biochemistry II
The second part of lecture covers signalling and metabolism of biological systems. Biosynthesis of carbohydrate, proteins, and DNAs will also be discussed. Recent advances in the convergence of biomolecules and nanotechnology will also be introduced.


CHM311 Synthetic Organic Chemistry
This course covers topics on the structure and reactivity of organic molecules with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms. Students will be introduced frontier molecular orbital theory and pericyclic reactions including Diels-Alder reaction, sigmatropic rearrangement, and elecrocyclization. Also, reactivity of various functional groups and stereochemistry of reactions will be discussed. This course recommends prerequisites of Organic Chemistry 1 and 2.


CHM333 Physical Chemistry III
Statistical thermodynamics and kinetic theory are the two main topic s of the course. Derivation of the Boltzmann distribution is introduced in the beginning and followed by lectures on basic concepts of statistical thermodynamics such as ensemble, partition function and entropy. In the second half of the course, basic kinetic theory including reaction rate, collision, diffusion, and activated complex theory (Eyring equation) are covered.


CHM352 Inorganic Chemistry II
Electronics structures, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the coordination compounds will be discussed based on the crystal field theory and molecular orbital theory. In addition to the reactions and properties of the coordination compounds, and the catalytic properties of the organometallic compounds also will be discussed.


CHM452 Organometallic Chemsitry
The focus of this course is on the synthesis, structure and bonding, properties and reactivity of main group organometallics (including Grignard reagents, organolithium reagents, organophosphorus compounds, etc), organotransition metal chemistry and organometallic catalysis. The course is of particular relevance for students interested in synthetic chemistry.


CHM371 Introduction to Nanochemistry
This course is intended primarily as an introduction course to nano chemistry for undergraduate students. The objective is to understand basic concepts of nanoscience and nanotechnology from a chemical perspective and introduce general synthesis principles, characterization techniques, and potential technological applications of nanostructured materials. Such issues will be discussed in terms of presently important nano materials, including silica, magnetic, semiconducting, and carbon nanostructures.


CHM372 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in synthetic and physical chemistry of molecules of high molecular weight. This introductory course covers basic concepts of polymer such as molecular weights and their distribution, synthetic chemistry of various polymerisations, behaviour of polymers in solution and bulk, and physical properties of synthetic macromolecules. Recent developments in synthetic chemistry, a convergence of synthetic and biopolymers, and the fascinating world of applications of polymers will also be introduced. Students are expected to have second-year level knowledge of organic and physical chemistry.

CHM454 Solid State Chemistry
This course focuses on the basic principles of solid state chemistry. Structural, chemical, and physical aspects of inorganic solids, such as ionic solids, metal, and molecular solids, will be discussed. The course explores the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. It also investigates the characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metal, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Topics include: symmetry, basic crystallography, crystal structure, bonding in solids, characterization technique (X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and spectroscopy) and crystal defects.


CHM421 Introduction to Chemical Biology
Chemical biology can be defined as a biological study with chemical approaches. In recent two decades, chemical biology has been expanded to make lots of fascinating discoveries in biological field and some approaches of chemical biology have been essential tools in some biological research field. In this course, we will learn and discuss about concepts, mechanisms and applications of newly developed chemical tools in chemical biology field from current chemical biology research topics such as biological surrogates for glyco-and lipid biology, total protein synthesis, unnatural amino acid polymerisation, biomimetic synthetic enzymes, acitivity-based proteomics, affinity-based inhibitor, protein tagging tools, fluorescent chemical probes. Students are expected to have third year level knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cellular biology.


CHM335 Molecular Structure and Dynamics
Chemistry is defined as “a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). This course will introduce molecular structure and the important spectroscopic and spectrometric tools for structure analysis of small and large molecules. The kinetics of chemical and physical transformations, as relevant to chemistry and biology, will be covered in the second part of the course. Modern experiments will be discussed to show capabilities and limits of current spectroscopic technologies.


CHM431 Frontier Spectroscopy
This course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in spectroscopy and experimental physical chemistry. In addition to basic concepts of spectroscopy, this advanced course covers cutting edge spectroscopy which is still under development such as 2D IR, optical force, correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Students are expected to have second-year levels knowledge of physical and quantum chemistry and spectroscopy.


CHM453 Bioinorganic Chemistry
This course covers fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry in the context of the role of metals in biological systems. Special emphasis is put on the role of metals in biological systems, and the connection between fundamental knowledge of biological processes with respect to metals, and their relation to commonly known phenomena such as diseases, pollution, alternative energies, evolution and industrial processes.


CHM455 Crystallography
The basic group theory which deals with molecular structure and symmetry will be discussed. The properties of crystals, X-rays, and the interaction between the crystal and X-ray will be covered. The theory of the molecular structure determination by X-ray diffraction will be discussed and the single-crystal structure determination will be practiced using a real data set obtained via a diffractometer.


CHM422 Supramolecular Chemistry
Supramolecular chemistry involves the use of non covalent bonding interactions to self-assemble molecules into thermodynamically stable and well-defined structures. The course explores the field of supramolecular chemistry from molecules to nano materials. This course will provide students with an introduction to recent interesting research. The topics tp be covered include the types of non-covalent bonding, molecular recognition, the role of molecular recognition in biological systems, synthesis of new materials through supramolecular chemistry, applications for new nano materials. Students will be introduced to essential background concepts such as types of non covalent bonding and strategies for the design of supramolecular assemblies.


CHM423 Medicinal Chemistry
This course covers structures and functions of drug targets including proteins, DNA, and RNA, and their interactions with small organic molecules. These interactions between macromolecules and small molecules serve as the basis for inhibition/activation of their biological functions. Students will also learn the concepts in phamacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug metabolism. The basic processes involved in drug discovery from hit identification to clinical candidates will be covered with case studies on examples of life saving drugs. This course recommends prerequisites of organic chemistry and biochemistry.


CHM451 Inorganic Materials Analysis
This course covers the principles of analytical instruments which are needed in the characterisation of organic and inorganic materials, and provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate them in laboratories. This course deals with many instruments for spectroscopic analysis, x-ray analysis, surface analysis, thermal analysis, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.


CHM471 Block Copolymers
Block copolymers are increasingly attracting interest as well-defined architectural polymers. This course delivers fundamentals of synthetic and physical chemistry of block copolymers. Topics to be discusses involves modern controlled polymerisation techniques, phase behaviour of block copolymers, solution physical chemistry, and structure-function relationships. Application of block copolymers to biomedical sciences, pharmaceutics, and nano sciences will also be discussed


CHM313 Fundamentals of Energy Materials
This course offers basic understandings and applications of the energy materials related to energy conversion and storage using organic and inorganic materials. It covers the roles of bonding defining the fundamental types of energy materials and structural defects, kinetics, and expands to in-depth understanding of electronic, magnetic materials, and metals and ceramics, glasses and polymers. Finally, this course focuses on the material selection and design for the solar cells, fuel cell, and batteries.

CHM490 Interdisciplinary Project
This course is joined with other tracks for completing a term project through collaboration. Students are required to conceive a novel idea, which will be realized by designing and fabricating a product by using the best knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level. Lastly, students will present their work in public for evaluation.


CHM511 & 512 Advanced Organic Chemistry 1 and 2
The goal of synthetic Chemistry is to construct target molecules from available starting materials and reagents in recognizing the various structural units, which are called synthons. The course includes conformational, synthetic and functional group analyses based on reterosynthetic approach.

CHM521 Frontiers in Chemical Biology
Chemical biology can be defined as a biological study with chemical approaches. In recent two decades, chemical biology has been expanded to make lots of fascinating discoveries in biological field and some approaches of chemical biology have been essential tools in some biological research field. In this course, we will learn and discuss about concepts, mechanisms and applications of newly developed chemical tools in chemical biology field from current chemical biology research topics such as biological surrogates for glyco-and lipid biology, total protein synthesis, unnatural amino acid polymerization, biomimetic synthetic enzymes, activity-based proteomics, affinity-based inhibitor, protein tagging tools, fluorescent chemical probes. Students are expected to have third year level knowledge of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cellular biology.

CHM534 Materials for Organic Electronics
This course offers in-depth understandings and applications of the organic materials related to applications in electonic devices and electronics. It covers the roles of bonding defining the fundamental types of energy materials and structural defects, kinetics, and expands to in-depth understanding of electronic, magnetic materials, and metals and ceramics, glasses and polymers.

CHM523 Medicinal Chemistry
This course covers structures and functions of drug targets including proteins, DNA, and RNA, and their interactions with small organic molecules. These interactions between macromolecules and small molecules serve as the basis for inhibition/activation of their biological functions. Students will also learn the concepts in phamacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug metabolism. The basic processes involved in drug discovery from hit identification to clinical candidates will be covered with case studies on examples of life saving drugs. This course recommends prerequisites of organic chemistry and biochemistry.

CHM522 Supramolecular Chemistry
Supramolecular chemistry involves the use of non covalent bonding interactions to self-assemble molecules into thermodynamically stable and well-defined structures. The course explores the field of supramolecular chemistry from molecules to nano materials. This course will provide students with an introduction to recent interesting research. The topics tp be covered include the types of non-covalent bonding, molecular recognition, the role of molecular recognition in biological systems, synthesis of new materials through supramolecular chemistry, applications for new nano materials. Students will be introduced to essential background concepts such as types of non covalent bonding and strategies for the design of supramolecular assemblies.

CHM622 Nanomedicine
This course is intended primarily as an introduction course to the applications of nanoscience in medicine and biomedical fields. Nanosystems that can be used as drug delivery vehicles, cell-culture platforms, and therapeutic molecules and systems will be discussed.

CHM624 Advanced Protein Chemistry
This course presents a review of recent protein chemistry centered on post-translational modification of proteins and their use in signal transduction and metabolism.

CHM531 Frontiers Spectroscopy
This course is designed for students who study in spectroscopy and experimental physical chemistry. In addition to basic concepts of spectroscopy, this advanced course covers cutting edge spectroscopy which is still under development such as 2D IR, optical force, correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy, and time-resolved electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Students are expected to have second-year levels knowledge of physical and quantum chemistry and spectroscopy.

CHM535 Physical Organic Chemistry
This course is designed for students who study in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Physical organic chemistry mainly concerns the interrelationships between structure and reactivity in organic molecules. The course will discuss organic chemistry using tools of physical chemistry such as chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and quantum chemistry.

CHM541 Statistical Mechanics
This course covers the equilibrium properties of matter. The central issue of thermodynamics regards the determination of the equilibrium state that eventually results after removal of internal constraints in a closed, composite system. Statistical mechanics regards the interaction between the particles composing a bulk sample, and predicts the equilibrium properties of the system that result from these interactions, exactly solvable or requiring approximations or numerical analysis.

CHM542 Advanced Quantum Chemistry
This course provides an introduction to methods of quantum mechanics, including Schrodinger equation and its solutions as applied to simple physical problems, elementary approximate methods, and scattering theory.

CHM643 Molecular Spectroscopy
This course provides the basic principles of interaction of light and matter and their application in spectroscopy of atoms and molecules. In this course, covered will be how to describe absorption and emission of light by atoms and molecules, and how to characterize atomic and molecular states and molecular behavior by spectroscopy.

CHM644 Chemical Kinetics
The main goal of this course is to deliver the principles of reaction kinetics and catalysis. Topics covered will include the laws and theories governing rates of chemical reactions and reaction mechanisms in the gas phase, in soluion, and at the solid-liquid interface. Emphasis is placed on modern experimental approaches to study kinetics in complex chemical and biochemical/biophysical systems.

CHM645 Chemical Physics
Chemical physics is a subdiscipline of chemistry and physics that investigates physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics. This course is designed to deliver physical approaches to chemical problems and to discuss recent issues in chemical phycis.

CHM541 Inorganic Materials Analysis
This course covers the principles of analytical instruments which are needed in the characterisation of organic and inorganic materials, and provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate them in laboratories. This course deals with many instruments for spectroscopic analysis, x-ray analysis, surface analysis, thermal analysis, mass spectrometry, and electron microscopy.

CHM552 Organometallic Chemistry
The focus of this course is on the synthesis, structure and bonding, properties and reactivity of main group organometallics (including Grignard reagents, organolithium reagents, organophosphorus compounds, etc), organotransition metal chemistry and organometallic catalysis. The course is of particular relevance for students interested in synthetic chemistry.

CHM553 Bioinorganic Chemistry
This course covers fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry in the context of the role of metals in biological systems. Special emphasis is put on the role of metals in biological systems, and the connection between fundamental knowledge of biological processes with respect to metals, and their relation to commonly known phenomena such as diseases, pollution, alternative energies, evolution and industrial processes.

CHM554 Solid State Chemistry
This course focuses on the basic principles of solid state chemistry. Structural, chemical, and physical aspects of inorganic solids, such as ionic solids, metal, and molecular solids, will be discussed. The course explores the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and atomic order. It also investigates the characterization of atomic arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metal, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers. Topics include: symmetry, basic crystallography, crystal structure, bonding in solids, characterization technique (X-ray diffraction, microscopy, and spectroscopy) and crystal defects.

CHM555 Crystallography
he basic group theory which deals with molecular structure and symmetry will be discussed. The properties of crystals, X-rays, and the interaction between the crystal and X-ray will be covered. The theory of the molecular structure determination by X-ray diffraction will be discussed and the single-crystal structure determination will be practiced using a real data set obtained via a diffractometer.

CHM561 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Experimental methods and characterization tools for coordination compounds, organometallics, quantum dot, and metal nanomaterials will be introduced. The practical application of these inorganic materials will also be introduced.

CHM571 Block Copolymers
Block copolymers are increasingly attracting interest as well-defined architectural polymers. This course delivers fundamentals of synthetic and physical chemistry of block copolymers. Topics to be discusses involves modern controlled polymerisation techniques, phase behaviour of block copolymers, solution physical chemistry, and structure-function relationships. Application of block copolymers to biomedical sciences, pharmaceutics, and nano sciences will also be discussed.

CHM572 Advanced Polymer Chemistry
This course will provide advanced level topics in Polymer Chemistry including an introduction to Polymer Chemistry. The course is designed to deliver graduate students a comprehensive understanding of the Chemistry of polymer synthesis and the modern synthetic chemistry and strategy for polymers, block copolymers, and architectural polymers. Recent advances in organic and inorganic/organometallic chemistry will be applied to synthetic polymer chemistry.

CHM573 Physical Chemistry of Polymers
This course will provide advanced level topics in Physical Polymer Chemistry. The course is designed to deliver graduate students a comprehensive understanding of the Chemistry of polymers and the physical behaviors of polymers. Topics will cover (i) Chemistry of polymers, (ii) physical properties of polymers, (iii) solution thermodynamics of polymers, and (iv) advanced topics in polymer chemistry and physical chemistry of polymers.

CHM581 Advanced Materials Chemistry
This course is intended primarily as an introduction course to materials and solid state chemistry for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. The objective is to understand solids from a chemical perspective and introduce general solid state synthesis methodologies and characterization techniques. Topics covered will include structure and structure determination of crystalline solids; free electron model for metal; electronic band structure; chemical bonding in solids; and structure-property relationships.


CHM582 Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
This course presents a review of recent scientific papers in modern nanoscience and nanotechnology, and introduces principles of sciences and technologies appearing in the review. This course deals with advanced subjects.

CHM681 Advanced Instrumental Analysis
The course is designed to deliver theories and practices of modern instrumental analysis for nanoscience, Chemistry, Biology, and Chemical engineering. The lectures will cover (1) Theories for modern instrumental analysis, (2) NMR Spectroscopy, (3) Absorption Spectroscopy, (4) Surface Analysis, (5) Electron Microscopy, (6) Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy, (7) Recent examples of modern instrumental analysis.

CHM681 Organic Chemistry for Materials
The course discusses organic chemistry and its application to materials science. Synthetic organic chemistry has widely adopted to synthesize molecules that play a crucial role in modern materials such as optoelectronic materials and biomedical materials. This course will discuss a few useful organic reactions and materials for modern materials.


CHM810-875 Special Topics in Chemistry
This course is designed to introduce the current trends and the state-of the-art states of nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and chemistry-related technologies. To keep the flexibility of the course, the topics and the instructors will be changed every semesters.


CHM590 The Seminars
The purpose of this course is to extend knowledge to the state-of-the-art R&D in real scientific fields; and to get indirect experience by contacting experts in various fields. Students and professors can exchange their own ideas and information to reach creative and fine-tuned achievements through the Seminars.

CHM690 Master's Research
This course is related with the students graduate thesis and dissertation. As such, students should be actively working in a laboratory setting and gaining experience through hands-on experimentation.

CHM890 Doctoral Research
This course is related with the students graduate thesis and dissertation. As such, students should be actively working in a laboratory setting and gaining experience through hands-on experimentation.