Department of Chemistry

Professor and Chair S.D. Kinrade
Assistant Professor and Graduate Co-ordinator Z-H. Jiang
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair A. Chen
Professors S.D. Kinrade,
  M. Rappon
Associate Professors A. Chen,
  C. Gottardo,
  Z-H. Jiang, 
  C.D. MacKinnon,
  G. Spivak
Assistant Professor G.D. Martin
Adjunct Professors H. Duivenvoorden,
  N. Khaper, 
  P. Rapley,
  B. Ross,
  Z. Suntres,
  J. Th'ng,
  M. Ulanova,
  D. Yang
Professors Emeriti of Chemistry W.H. Baarschers,
  D.G. Holah,
  I.M. Hoodless,
  A.N. Hughes,
  D.E. Orr,
  N.A. Weir


Candidates are accepted under the regulations governing the Master's degree (see page 267-269) providing they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Chemistry. Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding.



A candidate who satisfies the admission requirements for the MSc degree will normally be expected to take two full course equivalents (FCEs) from those listed. In addition, the candidate should normally pursue a research program related to one of the courses, the results of which should be embodied in a thesis. The program of the candidate shall contain the equivalent of five FCEs where the thesis will normally be equivalent to three FCEs.

Candidates will be required to present two departmental seminars. At the first, held within the first year, the candidate will present an outline and working title of the proposed research thesis. At the second seminar, before final approval of the thesis, the candidate will present the results of his/her research.



Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for Master's programs.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Chemistry 5151 (ST)
Special Topics in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Topics may be chosen from: recent advances in bio-inorganic chemistry; transition metal and main group cluster chemistry; transition metals in polymer synthesis; recent advances in organometallic chemistry; heterogeneous catalysis.

Chemistry 5171 (ST)
Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
3-0; or 3-0
Recent developments in instrumental methods of chemical analysis; topics to be chosen from the areas of electro-analysis, surface analysis, laser applications in chemical analysis.

Chemistry 5230 (ST)
Special Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry
Topics may be chosen from: organic photochemistry; structure-reactivity relationships; qualitative MO theory; asymmetric reactions; natural product chemistry.

Chemistry 5251 (ST)
Special Topics I
Subject matter determined by the needs and interests of the participating students and faculty.

Chemistry 5271
Physical Organic Chemistry
Transition state theory, substituent effects on rates, isotope effects, solvent effects, structure and reactivity, free energy relationships (Hammett and Taft). Reactivity of free radicals. Theoretical aspects of reactivity based on molecular orbital theory. Woodward-Hoffman formalism and symmetry controlled reactions.

Chemistry 5311
Advanced Research Methodology
3-3; or 3-3
Prerequisite: Permission of the Department
A cross-disciplinary course in instrumental analysis and research methodology, primarily intended for students who are concurrently enrolled in a research course. Students choose three modules from a series of offerings that can include cell culture techniques, DNA sequencing, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, optical microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, paper testing, sample/data management, scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction spectroscopy.

Chemistry 5490 (ST)
Special Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry
Topics may be chosen from: equilibrium thermodynamics and irreversible thermodynamics; electrochemistry; kinetics - emphasizing theories of chemical kinetics; surface and colloid chemistry; electrical and optical aspects of molecular behaviour.

Chemistry 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis
Topic determined in consultation with departmental advisors.

See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations
Department of Chemistry - Undergraduate

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