Teaching

CHEM 2555, "SynTech I" lab, spring 2009.

CHEM 2555, ORGANIC SYNTHESIS & TECHNIQUES I (SYNTECH I)

Since 1995, I have been teaching Organic Synthesis and Techniques, our majors lab in organic chemistry. This is the first semester of the two semester sequence and it is given in the spring semester so that it coincides with the second semester of the lecture course, chem 2566. In this first semeter, the students learn basic technques of synthesis, purification and characterization of organic compounds, as a recent syllabus indicates. I rely heavily on the excellent, experienced Teaching Assistants I am given the priveledge of working with to transmit these fundamental techniques. Students work individually on gram scales. The emphasis is on getting it right the first time and then practicing, so that proper methodology becomes second nature, providing reliable, consistent and reproducible results.

CHEM 2556, ORGANIC SYNTHESIS & TECHNIQUES II (SYNTECH II)

Since 1995, I have been teaching Organic Synthesis and Techniques, our majors lab in organic chemistry. This is the second semester of the two semester sequence and it is given in the fall semester; it coincides with the semester after completion of the lecture course, Chem 2566. In this second semeter, the students apply the basic technques they learned in SynTech I to a series of classical organic reactions, as a recent syllabus indicates. The emphasis in this semester is on practicing standard techniques, so that they become second nature. Toward the end of the semester students select an individual multi-step synthetiic project or a project that involves some synthesis plus asignificant amount of analysis to hone their techiques and skills. Again, the experiments amost all involve multi-gram amounts, so that the students get a real-world perspective on organic synthesis. I rely heavily on the excellent, experienced Teaching Assistants I am given the priveledge of working with to make sure these fundamental techniques are successfully acquired. Students leave this two semester sequence confident and skilled in basic organic synthesis and characterization protocols.

CHEM 5704, SYNTHESIS AND REACTIONS OF MACROMOLECULES

Since 1986, I have had the priveledge of teaching a version of this course with my world famous colleague, Prof. James E. McGrath, recently with contributions from Prof. Judy S. Riffle. The course is intended to be the first semester of a two semester sequence mainly for our graduate students focusing on synthetic polymer chemistry. After establishing an undestanding of the basic nomenclature of maromolecular systems and their importance in modern life, the basic principles and methods of step-growth and chain-growth polymerization are discussed in depth. Prof. McGrath typically focuses on the step-growth processes and I emphasize chain growth, particularly classical free radical, polymerization methods. The students are assigned problems from an assigned text and the instructors. Copies of the lecture notes are provided to the students, allowing us to cover a stubstantial amount of relevant material.

CHEM 6564, ADVANCED MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY

Since 1986 I have taught a version of this course with Prof. James E. McGrath, recently with contributions from Prof. Judy S. Riffle, for our graduate students focused on polymer synthesis. Advanced or special topics materials are presented here (see syllabus) that attempt to encompass recent noteworthy advances in the field. Student are asigned current literature to analyze, critique and use to suggest ideas for application, if appropriate, to their own research projects. Copies of the lecture notes are provided to the students, allowing us to cover a stubstantial amount of relevant material.

Syllabus Chem 6564.