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TEACHING

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Here at Concordia, I have an enthusiastic group of graduate and undergraduate students carrying out research in my laboratory on topics ranging from macromolecular folding, unfolding, and adhesion to probing the origins of homochirality. Furthermore, I have a great interest in popularizing Chemistry and Science to the general public.

In January 2002, I joined the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Concordia University.

The classes I teach include introductory and advanced Organic Chemistry courses and an advanced graduate course on Supramolecular Chemistry.

Currently, I am involved in the teaching and development of a shared course dedicated to NanoChemistry.

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

CHEM 221N      Introductory Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
Basic aspects of orbitals and their role in covalent bonding; delocalization of electrons. Alkanes: structure, nomenclature, isomerism, reactions. Introductory stereochemistry: enantiomers, diastereomers, conformers, Fischer and Newman projections, specification of chirality, E/Z isomerism.

Conformations of cyclic compounds. Alkylhalides: SN1; SN2; E1; E2 reaction mechanisms. Free-radical reactions, organometallic compounds. Chemistry of alkenes, alkynes, and dienes.

Lectures and laboratory.

CHEM 325    Organic Chemistry IV: Organic Structure and Stereochemistry (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CHEM 221, 222. Organic structure and stereochemistry including the relationship of stereochemistry to physical properties and chemical reactivity. Determination of organic structure and stereochemistry by chemical and spectroscopic means. Introduction to molecular symmetry.

Lectures and laboratory.

CHEM 498N/620N    Advanced Topics in Chemistry: Nanochemistry (3 credits)
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.

CHEM 498    Advanced Topics in Chemistry: Supramolecular Chemistry (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CHEM 498. This course focuses on the hierarchical structures found in biology and how they serve as inspiration for new materials and technology. This course based on current literature, is oriented towards the areas in which biology is being used as a guide for developing new materials (Supramolecular Chemistry, polymer science, biomimetic and bioinspired materials, and nanomechanics of materials and biomaterials).

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