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Dr. Christine DeWolf teaches core physical chemistry courses which include Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics and Biophysical Chemistry. She also teaches advanced undergraduate/graduate level courses in Interfacial Phenomena and Nanochemistry.

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

CHEM 234        Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CHEM 205, 206; PHYS 204, 206, 224, 226; MATH 203, 205; or equivalents for all prerequisite courses. The properties of real gases; fugacities; first, second and third laws of thermodynamics; the Phase Rule; one- and two-component systems; real solutions, and partial molal properties. Lectures and tutorials.

CHEM 335        Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CHEM 234, 235, 271. This course examines the physical basis for the structures of biomolecules (energetics of protein folding), the organization and structures of bio-membranes and biologically relevant systems, and intermolecular interactions (e.g. ligand binding). Both fundamental theory and techniques used to characterize these physical properties are covered. Lectures and laboratory.

CHEM 435         Interfacial Phenomena (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CHEM 234, 235. This course examines the physical chemistry of interfaces including surface and interfacial tensions, the absorption of surface active substances/surface excess properties, and surfactant self‑assembly. Topics covered may include Gibbs and Langmuir monolayers, micelle formation, emulsions, foams, surfactant liquid crystals, layer‑by‑layer polymer self‑assembly, and biological membranes. Techniques for characterization and applications (biological and industrial) of these systems are addressed. Lectures only.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under a CHEM 498 number may not take this course for credit.

CHEM 451 Nanochemistry (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CHEM 217, 218, 221, 222, 234, 235, 241. This modular course covers the areas of production, characterization and applications of nanoscale structures and materials. Each module is taught by a different professor as well as guest lecturers. Topics may include (but are not limited to) size dependent properties, synthesis of organic and inorganic nanostructures, self‑assembled structures, chemical patterning and functional nanopatterns, biomaterials. Nanometer scale fabrication techniques such as lithographic methods, nano‑stamping and patterned self‑assembly are discussed. Modern analysis techniques such as atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy, which are used to map and measure at the single molecule level, are introduced. Applications such as photonics, optical properties, biodetection and biosensors, micro‑ and nano‑fluidics, nanoelectronics and nanomachines are presented. The course includes a term project carried out using the nanoscience facilities held in the Department research labs.
NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under a CHEM 498 number may not take this course for credit.

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