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Chemistry ( M.S. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry and Physics

2. Program Duration and Credit

3 years in general, the maximum duration should not exceed 5 years (including the extension time).
30 credits in total, at least 19 compulsory credits.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Quantum Chemistry
As a branch of theoretical chemistry,quantum chemistry is the theoretical foundation of modern chemistry. Quantum chemistry uses the basic principles of quantum mechanics to study the electronic structures of atom, molecule and crystal; to discuss chemical bond properties; to understand intermolecular force; to predict chemical reactions; to interpret various spectra. At the same time,it is also a basic subject to study the relationship between the structure and properties of the inorganic and organic compounds, biological macromolecules and multifunctional materials. The expanding role of this course makes it highly desirable for students in all areas of chemistry to understand some basic concepts, methods, principles of quantum chemistry. Immediately application of the basic knowledge of quantum chemistry to interpret chemical phenomena and physical properties will make students more meaningful. The aim is such that those who to go on in quantum chemistry calculation will have a good theoretical foundation.

Chemical Biology
Through learning this course, graduate students, who have a certain chemical and biological basis, could understand the latest achievements in international research of chemical biology. The latest technologies and techniques are introduced into the class, so that students can follow the forefront of Chemical Biology. Teaching contents include:

  • Origin and basic concepts of chemical biology and the current central task and the latest research progress in this field
  • The structures and characteristics of proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and polysaccharides, and the relationship between structures and functions, as well as the research tools
  • Concept of molecular recognition and interaction, the mechanism of interaction between chemicals and biological macromolecules, the latest research developments and correlation detection technology
  • The basic principles of biological metabolism, transfer and expression of genetic information

Introduction to Organometallic Chemistry
One object of this course is to make the students know the nomenclatures of organic and organometallic compounds, fundamental knowledge of Organometallics by giving lectures and the independent studies of the students. The other object is   to let the students get to know how to use these knowledge to read and understand the top and latest papers of Organometallics, so that they will gradually learn from those papers how to choose a good research project, how to carry out the research and how to publish the results. The content of the course includes nomenclatures of organic and organometallic compounds (6 hours), theories of Organometallics (9 hours), elementary reactions (3 hours), the structures and properties of organometallic compounds (3 hours), catalytic reactions using organometallic compounds (9 hours), literature search and writing a scientific paper (3 hours), presenting (by students) and discussing top and latest papers (chosen by student based on their own research area) (15 hours).

Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Environmental analytical chemistry is one of the important branches of analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry. It is a science of how to apply modern scientific theories and advanced experimental techniques to identify and determine chemicals in the environment about the type, composition, content and chemical forms. Students can master the basic theories and methods of environmental analytical chemistry and the environmental analysis sample pretreatment technique through learning this course. Besides, they can understand the development of environmental analytical chemistry. It lays the foundation for students to choice analysis methods when they entered the stage of graduation thesis, to carry out the relevant research work, or to work in the environmental monitoring. This course will apply the new theories, methods and techniques of modern analytical chemistry and introduce the latest achievements of modern chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, geography, computer and other science. It provides a scientific basis for environmental quality assessment, pollution control and remediation and the formulation of environmental protection policy with qualitative and quantitative research about the chemicals in the environment.

Chromatographic Analysis
Chromatographic analysis mainly requires students to master the principles and applications of chromatographies (e.g., gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis), and the structures, operations and attentions of chromatographic instruments, and to design analytical procedures according to the task. The contents include:

  • Systematically introduce the principles of analysis and separation, application scopes, and establishment principles of different chromatographic methods (e.g., gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis);
  • Introduce the structures and working principles of chromatographic instruments, and the possible failure causes with their judging and treating methods;
  • Introduce the development profiles, principles, operations and collection methods of chromatographic sample treatments.

Advanced Organic Chemistry
The goal of this course is to research organic chemistry by the principles and methods of physics and physical chemistry, to give more weight to the macro factors, such as the structure, reaction intermediate, reaction mechanism and steric effect, etc. The main contents are as follows:

  • The structure theory of organic compounds: the Lewis Structural Model, structural resonance theory, valence bond theory and HMO theory, etc.
  • The linear free-energy relationship: Hammett equation, Taft equation, Hammett-Brown equation and Swain-Scott equation are introduced in this section
  • The acid/base theory in organic chemistry: the fundamental concepts of acid and base, acidity function, super acid, factors of acidity and basicity, acid or base catalysts, the principles and applications of the hard-soft-acid-base (HSAB) theory
  • The solvent effect in organic chemistry: the classification of solvent, the interaction of solvent and solute, solvation effects on reactivity, solvation effects on the reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, solvent cage effect and ionic liquid
  • The stereochemistry deals respectively with optical isomerism, cis-trans isomerism, dynamic stereochemistry, steric effect and general methods on asymmetric synthesis
  • Carbocation: the structure, formation, stability, rearrangement and reactions of carbocation, as well as the nonclassical carbocations, neighboring-group participation effect and homoaromaticity
  • Carbanion: the structure, formation, stability, rearrangement of carbanion, the formation, structure and reactions of the Ylide intermediate
  • Radical: the structure, formation, stability, detection and reaction of radicals

Synthesis of Polymers
Polymer synthesis is a complex procedure and can take place in a variety of ways. This curriculum concerns the synthetic methods and technology in polymer, including the source of raw materials for producing monomers, free radical polymerization production technology (bulk polymerization, suspension polymerization, solution polymerization, emulsion polymerization); condensation polymerization process, etc.. This course also covers modern synthetic methods in polymer. It will enable the graduate students to find details about the specific synthesis he wants to use in designing polymers with new advanced properties. The teaching purpose of the course is not only to teach the basic knowledge in polymer synthesis process, but also train the student’s independent thinking ability, to help students apply the knowledge to analyze and solve problem, to provide the solving methods and ideas for the difficulties and problems in the future work.

4. Supervisors

Jianchun Bao, Yaqian Lan, Hongke Liu, Xiaohua Huang, David Chen, Min Fang, Min Han, Wenbo Zhao, Xiaofeng Chen, Shunli Li, Xiaosi Zhou, Yong Wu, Xiangxing Xu, Xiaodi Yang, Dayong Chen, Zhihui Dai, Zhiyuan Gu, Jiahong Zhou, Jiangyan Du, Jie Yao, Huihui Li, Wentao Bi, Wenwen Tu, Fang Wang, Jie Yao, Jing Yang, Peipei Sun, Jinfei Yang, Binxiang Wang, Yapping Xiao, Wei Han, Weijin Gu, Yun Lin, Qiaorong Han, Huizhen Zhi, Chenxin Cai, Yafei Li, Haiyan Wei, Yawen Tang, Yimin Zhou, Chun Yang, Shuping Li, Bo Zhao, Bo Zhou, Xiaoqing Jiang, Xiaodong Li, Dongmei Sun, Yinyan Zhu, Hui Zhang, Ping Wu(F), Ping Wu(M), Jian Shen, Li Li, Chun Mao, Ninglin Zhou, Dan Zhu, Jun Zhang, Yinghong Xiao.