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Courses Taught by Prof. Schlaf

Note: Access to Course Outlines, Lecture Notes, etc., will be through the University of Guelph CourseLink website (UG login and password required).


CHEM 3640 – Chemistry of the s- & p- Block Elements (Main Groups)

3D Molecular Model of Peroxymonosulfuric Acid (Caro's Acid)
Peroxymonosulfuric Acid (Caro’s Acid)

Objective of the course

This course aims to give a comprehensive introduction to concepts used by inorganic chemists to describe the structure, properties and reactivity of compounds of the main group elements. The most important of these concepts that the course will cover are: Electronic Structure of Atoms, Symmetry, MO theory, Acids & Bases, Structure of Solids, Trends in the Periodic System. In addition a brief overview of the substance chemistry and some technical and industrial application of the main group elements will be discussed.

In the lab portion of the course, students will then have the opportunity to observe some of these concepts “in action”.

Prerequisites: CHEM 2060 & 2070.

Suggested complementing course:

  • CHEM 3860: Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 3870: Symmetry and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 3750: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3760: Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 3650 – Chemistry of the d-Block Elements (Transition Metals)

trans-carbonylchlorobis(triphenylphosphine)iridium(I) (Vaska's Complex)
trans-carbonylchlorobis(triphenylphosphine)iridium(I) (Vaska’s Complex)

Objective of the course

This course aims to give a comprehensive introduction to concepts used by inorganic chemists to describe the structure, properties, and reactivity of compounds of the transition metals. Very strongly suggested accompanying courses to this course

Prerequisites: CHEM 2060 & 2070.

Suggested complementing course:

  • CHEM 3860: Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 3870: Symmetry and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 3750: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3760: Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 4630 Bio-Inorganic Chemistry

Chimera rendering of Hemerytrin the oxygen transport protein in the marine invertebrates.
Chimera rendering of Hemerytrin the oxygen transport protein in the marine invertebrates.

Objective of the course

This course gives an introduction to the structural and functional roles of metals in biological systems with a particular emphasis on metalloproteins and the structure of and catalytic reactions at transition metal centres in those proteins.

Prerequisites

  • CHEM 2580
  • CHEM 3650 (can be taken concurrently)

Software for this course:

RASTOP: http://www.geneinfinity.org/rastop/

CHIMERA: http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/


Chem 4620 | 7105/7100 – Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis

(GWC)2 generic reference image

(GWC)2 Graduate Course and/or 4th Undergraduate Course

Volcano Plot illustrating Sabatier's Principle
Volcano Plot illustrating Sabatier’s Principle

Objective of the course

This course will provide an introduction and overview of the field of catalysis using heterogeneous metal/metal oxide and transition metal complexes focusing on

  • general principles and reaction patterns of catalytically active transition metal centres and metal/metal oxide surfaces
  • mechanisms: kinetic and thermodynamic parameters and how to determine them
  • activation of small molecules such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, ethylene, propylene, ethylene oxide, etc.
  • large scale industrially relevant processes and their socio-economic importance

The ultimate objective of the course is to provide you with the know-how to understand (or at least make some educated guesses on) the mechanisms of any catalyzed reactions and have some insight into the principles of catalyst, reaction and process design. The course will be – as much as possible – conceptual in nature and thus should be suitable for students in any field of chemistry (inorganic, organic, physical and analytical) with 3rd year level undergraduate courses in inorganic and organic chemistry.