Teaching

My teaching focuses on inorganic chemistry and modern spectroscopy techniques.

Find a list of courses I teach below. Please refer to the Online Class Schedule to find out when these courses are offered.

Inorganic Chemistry I: Periodicity and Valence Theory​

  • CHEM 241

  • 3 credits

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 205, 206; PHYS 204, 206, 224, 226; MATH 203, 205; or equivalents for all prerequisites

Description

The structure of the atom, and its use in explaining the periodic table and properties of atoms; covalent bonding treatments - including Lewis Theory; the Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion Theory of structure, the valence bond and the molecular orbital theories of bonding. Crystal Field Theory applied to the structure and properties of transition metal complexes. Bonding theories of metallic materials and semi-conductors.

Lectures and laboratory.

 

Inorganic Chemistry III: The Transition Elements

  • CHEM 341

  • 3 credits

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 217, 218, 241, 242

Description

Theories of bonding in transition metal complexes, including ligand field theory, applied to structure, physical properties, and reactivity of transition metal complexes: organometallic chemistry and catalysis. Metals in biological systems.

Lectures and laboratory.

 

Modern Spectroscopy

  • CHEM 495

  • 3 credits

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 234, 241, 333

Description

This course demonstrates how quantum theory applies to the measurement of absorption and emission spectra of atoms and molecules. The course examines rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy. Photoelectron and related spectroscopies. Lasers and laser spectroscopy

Lectures and laboratory.

 

Advanced Topics in Chemistry: Nanochemistry

  • Coordinator: Louis Cuccia

  • CHEM 498N/620N

  • 3 credits

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 217, 218, 221, 222, 234, 235, 241 or equivalents

Description

This module-based course will cover the areas of production, characterization and applications of nanoscale structures/materials. Each of the modules will be covered by a different professor (Drs. Capobianco, Cuccia, DeWolf and Skinner) as well as some guest lecturers.

Topics may include (but are not limited to): size dependent properties, synthesis of organic and inorganic nanostructures (particles, wires, rod, tubes), self-assembled structures, chemical patterning and functional nanopatterns, nanolithography, biomaterials. Applications will include photonics, optical properties, biodetection & biosensors and nanomachines.

 

Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

  • CHEM 644

  • 3 credits

Description

This advanced level course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental aspects of spectroscopy and the importance of the applications to inorganic complexes, and organic molecules. Topics covered include: molecular symmetry and selection rules' vibration and rotation spectroscopy (IR, Raman, and microwave); electronic structure and spectra of transition metal ions; electron paramagnetic resonance; nuclear quadrupole resonance; absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence.

Atoms and Molecules

  • SCOL 398

  • 3 credits

  • Prerequisites: Membership in the Science College or permission of the College

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