My teaching responsibilities generally include general chemistry courses, Chem 301 and 302, an intensive advanced laboratory course designed to prepare students for research, junior level inorganic chemistry and advanced topics courses in materials science and solid state chemistry. Recent syllabi are available for each course.
- Chem 111/113 Chemical Structure and Bonding. This course serves as an introduction to bonding in chemical systems. This course introduces the theories of chemical bonding that rationalize and predict the structures and bulk properties of molecules and materials. It also introduces modern instrumental and computational methods used to study chemical structure and bonding.
- Chem 115 Chemical Structure and Bonding Inquiry Lab. This lab program complements Chem 111. In the lab, students will become acquainted with modern methods of chemical structure analysis as they discover the identity of unknown compounds via self-proposed experiments.
- Chem 112 Chemical Dynamics. This course in an introduction to chemical thermodynamics, equilibrium, electrochemistry and kinetics. Microscopic properties are used to develop basic chemical concepts of energy, enthalpy, entropy, and the Gibbs Energy, and their applications to thermochemistry, equilibria, and electrochemistry. Chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms, and applications to chemical problems are also discussed.
- Chem 301 and Chem 302 Lab in Chemical Structure and Reactivity. These lab courses provide an exploration of several synthesis and characterization methods used in the study of functional materials.
- Chem 320 Inorganic Chemistry. The molecular and electronic structure of transition metal and main group compounds is discussed, in addition to a survey of inorganic reaction mechanisms.
- Chem 353 Topics in Materials Science. This course is focused on the structure-property relationship central to the study of materials with specific functions. Structural topics include an analysis of hydrogen as a fuel, thermoelectrics and light emitting diodes.
- Chem 354 Solid State Chemistry. This course is focused on the reactivity of solids. Synthetic techniques and structural analyses will be emphasized.