Teaching and Resources


Introduction to Organic Chemistry

First term course in Organic Chemistry, including structure, nomenclature, functional groups, nucleophilic substitution, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, and arrow pushing in organic reactions. Emphasis is placed on a conceptrual understanding of teh relationship between structuire and recativity principles.

Introduction to Synthetic Methods in Chemistry

Chem 335 is an intermediate level course in the formal study of organic chemistry and an introduction to the concepts and critical bond forming reactions in organic synthesis. Emphasis is placed on chemoselective, regioselective, and stereoselective reaction pathways, with mechanism underpinning an understanding of the selectivities observed.

Structure and Bonding in Biology and Materials

This course approaches organic chemistry from the point of view that (i) a material (whether chemical or biological) is something whose properties make it useful for an application, whether structural or functional; and (ii) a material is a composite of elements or units that combine to give a unique set of properties. The relationship between structure and function, and ‘emergent properties’ therefore becomes critical to the optimization of desired materials. The theory involved in critical structural components to biology and materials chemistry will be discussed, followed by integration of these concepts into current challenges in selected fields.

Structure and Bonding in Chemistry

The goal of the course is to introduce the student to advanced methods in electronic structure theory for evaluation of structure, bonding and reactivity relationships in materials and biological systems.

Materials Chemistry

Fundamental concepts in materials chemistry of phenomena, including electrical, magnetic and optical processes, as well as classes of materials, including electrical materials, magnetic and optical materials.

Magnetism in Materials and Biology

The theory and applications of magnetism are covered including a history of magnetism, magnetism basics, experimental measurement of susceptibility, diamagnetism and paramagnetism, Van Vleck law, exchange inetractions, long range coupling, and problems in the materials and biologial aspects of magnetic phenomena.

Current Topics in Materials Chemistry

Concepts in structure and bonding are utilized to understand challenges in the design, synthesis, and characterization of current materials in chemistry. An emphasis is placed on organic electronics, solar cells, organic light emitting dioides, charge storage materials, and quantum information science.

Lab Resources

Instrumentation for preparation and characterization of organic materials, physical measurements, device fabrication/measurement and computational modelling are necessary for development of full structure function relationships in organic materials chemistry are available in our labs.

The instrument cluster is located in the Multifunctional Materials Characterization Laboratoryand includes:

Agilent Photodiode Array UV-Vis spectrometer with Peltier and Kinetics Software 
Quantum Design MPMS3 Magnetometer with Evercool, AC, FOSH, and MIU Probe 
Spectra Physics Stabilite RM2018 Mixed Gas Ion Laser 

Other Instrumentation used in the group includes:
Bruker X-band EPR spectrometer
Electronics/measurement probes for Photovoltaic and OFET transport measurements 
AFM (Agilent Technologies 5500 Scanning Probe Microscope, Laser and Imaging Lab)
Electron Microscopy (Hitachi H-7000 TEM, Hitachi S-3500N variable pressure SEM with EDX)

Computational modeling of electronic structure, transition states, reaction pathways, and band structures are carried out in the group using the following packages on UNR Research Computing clusters.:

Gaussian 16
Quantum Espresso

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