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					76           Graduate Bulletin 2004-2006

CHEMISTRY (PhD, MS, BS/MS)
CHEMISTRY (MS, BS/MS), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (PhD)/GREEN CHEMISTRY TRACK



Faculty                                        Facilities and Resources                           The strength of the Green Chemistry
                                                                                                  curriculum lies in its overlapping, interdisci-
Joseph S Alper, PhD, Yale University           The Department of Chemistry is housed in
                                                                                                  plinary themes of research. Students
• Physical Chemistry • Theoretical Chemistry   the University’s modern and well-equipped
                                                                                                  completing the Green Chemistry program
Jean-Pierre Anselme, PhD, Polytechnic          Science Building. A variety of modern,
                                                                                                  will be prepared for conventional chemistry
Institute of Brooklyn • Organic Chemistry      specialized laboratory equipment (FTIR,
                                                                                                  jobs in industry, government, and academia.
• Synthesis and Mechanisms of Organic          STM, NMR, HPLC, TGA, DSC, UV-Vis,
                                                                                                  In addition, required and elective courses
Polynitrogen Compounds                         X-Ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer,
                                                                                                  from the Environmental, Earth, and Ocean
                                               AA/AES, AFM, ESR, GCMS, LCMS-MS) is
Robert L Carter, PhD, University of Kansas                                                        Sciences Department (EEOS) and the
                                               available for use by students pursuing MS
• Inorganic Chemistry • Structural Studies                                                        Biology Department will provide graduates
                                               theses and Green Chemistry dissertations.
of Ionic Inorganic Solids by Infrared and                                                         with a broad scientific base not usually
                                               Facilities include laboratory space for faculty
Raman Spectroscopy                                                                                provided in traditional chemistry PhD
                                               and graduate student research; glass
                                                                                                  programs.
Timothy Dransfield, PhD, Harvard               blowing, machine and electronics shops;
University • Physical Chemistry • Gas-Phase    and access to the Healey Library’s science         The Green Chemistry PhD track is adminis-
Chemistry of the Middle and Lower              collections. The department’s library and          tered by the Chemistry Department and
Atmosphere                                     equipment resources are augmented                  leads to a PhD in Environmental Sciences.
                                               through cooperative arrangements with              The multidisciplinary complement of
Jason Evans, PhD, University of Delaware                                                          Chemistry, EEOS, and Biology Department
                                               other area educational and industrial
• Analytical Chemistry • Biological Mass                                                          faculty has enabled the University of
                                               institutions.
Spectrometry                                                                                      Massachusetts Boston to create this unique,
Michelle Foster, PhD, University of Texas      The PhD Track in                                   interdisciplinary Green Chemistry doctoral
at Austin • Physical Chemistry • Hetero-       Environmental Sciences/Green                       program.
geneous Atmospheric Reactions of the           Chemistry
Troposphere                                                                                       PhD Requirements
                                               Green chemistry involves an ecologically
Stuart Licht, PhD, Weizman Institute           sustainable view of chemical research,             Please see the general statement of degree
• Physical/Analytical Chemistry • Renewable    development, and manufacture.                      requirements for doctoral programs in the
Energy Chemistry • Chemistry                   Toxicological consequences and environ-            “Regulations, Procedures, and Degree
• Electrochemistry                             mental fate are important factors in under-        Requirements” section of this publication.
Thomas N Margulis, PhD, University of          standing the entire life cycle of any product      Requirements for this degree include
California, Berkeley • Physical Chemistry      or process. Issues related to energy, the
                                                                                                  1. Six courses in the core course area and
• X-Ray Crystallography of Drugs and           environment and human health provide
                                                                                                     an additional course selected from a list
Natural Products                               some of the most exciting and important
                                                                                                     of science policy and economics offerings
                                               research topics facing chemists today.
Wayne H Pitcher, PhD, Stanford University                                                            of EEOS. All students must take Green
• Biochemistry • Catalytic Properties of       This Green Chemistry PhD Track within the             Chemistry (CHEM 671), Chemical
Enzymes                                        Environmental Sciences PhD Program was the            Dynamics (CHEM 601), Chemical
                                               first such program in the world. It focuses           Structures (CHEM 611), Chemical
Deyang Qu, PhD, University of Ottawa           specifically on providing chemistry doctoral          Synthesis (CHEM 621), Chemistry of
• Physical/Analytical Chemistry                students with the skills and tools necessary to       Natural Waters (ECOS 640), and
• Electrochemical Sensors • Fuel Cells,        design and carry out chemistry that reduces           Environmental Toxicology (ECOS 635).
Battery Materials, and Super-capacitors        or eliminates impact on human health or the
                                                                                                  2. A minimum of three additional graduate
John F Reardon, PhD, Boston University         environment. The program aims to provide
                                                                                                     courses must be taken, subject to the
• Analytical Chemistry • Aqueous and Non-      chemistry doctoral students with the tools
                                                                                                     approval of the student’s academic
aqueous Thermochemistry and                    and experiences needed to understand and
                                                                                                     advisor or dissertation committee.
Electrochemistry                               modify the impact of chemicals and chemical
                                                                                                     Elective courses are normally selected
Marietta E Schwartz, PhD, University of        processes on the world around us and to
                                                                                                     from the graduate offerings in
Wisconsin • Charge-transfer Complexation       conduct research in new, fundamental, and
                                                                                                     Chemistry, Biology, or EEOS.
• Synthesis and Study of Strained              applied physical, analytical, organic, and inor-
                                               ganic chemistries. Examples of research topics     3. Five credits of an appropriate seminar
Hydrocarbons
                                               include renewable energies, environmental             (CHEM 691-692) or journal readings
Hannah Sevian (Department of                   sensors, atmospheric reaction pathways, min-          class in Chemistry, EEOS, or Biology.
Curriculum and Instruction), PhD, University   imizing the negative impact of manufacturing       4. Students are required to serve as teaching
of Wisconsin • Science Education •             processes from “cradle to grave,” under-              assistants for at least two semesters to
Chemistry Education • Physical Chemistry       standing the hazards associated with pollu-           enhance their teaching experience and
• Chemical Physics                             tion, and reducing toxicological impacts on           skills.
Hans van Willigen (emeritus), PhD,             the biosphere. Fundamental processes that
                                                                                                  5. Students must pass two examinations
University of Amsterdam • Physical             can be investigated include new synthetic
                                                                                                     before being advanced to candidacy:
Chemistry • Application of Spin Resonance      and analytical methodologies, photon/matter
in the Study of Structure and Dynamics         interactions, reaction theory, fate and trans-         (a) A written comprehensive examination,
                                               port of chemicals, surface chemistry, charge               and
Leverett J Zompa, PhD, Boston College •
                                               transfer, and biochemical interactions.                (b) A subsequent oral qualifying
Inorganic Chemistry • Chemistry of
Transition Metal Complexes                                                                                examination based on
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Chemistry

       •   The oral description and defense      MS Degree Requirements                              The student completing these requirements
           of the student’s dissertation         Requirements for this degree include                will receive both the BS in chemistry and
           proposal, and                                                                             the MS in chemistry. No degree is awarded
       •   Comprehensive questioning             1. The following three Level I courses:             until the requirements are complete. To be
           focused on questions covered in          • CHEM 601 (Chemical Dynamics I)                 retained in the program, students must
           the written exam.                        • CHEM 611 (Chemical Structure I)                maintain a GPA of 2.0 in undergraduate
                                                    • CHEM 621 (Chemical Synthesis I)                chemistry and biochemistry courses and
6. An original contribution (dissertation) in
   Green Chemistry based on individual           The student must complete each of these             grades of B or better in graduate chemistry
   research (24 credits minimum), which          courses with a grade of B or better in order        courses. Admission to this program is by
   the student submits and defends.              to become a degree candidate.                       application only. Complete information is
                                                                                                     available at the department office.
A minimum of 60 graduate credits is              2. Three elective courses. These may be
required. Up to six credits in courses in           chosen from a list including CHEM 602            Admission Requirements
which the student received a grade of “B”           (Chemical Dynamics II), CHEM 612
                                                    (Chemical Structure II), and CHEM 622            Please see the general statement of admis-
or better may be transferred from other
                                                    (Chemical Syntheses II), as well as a            sion requirements for all graduate studies
institutions subject to the approval of the
                                                    number of courses offered through the            programs in the “Admissions” section of
program director.
                                                    Graduate Program in Chemistry or other           this publication. The Chemistry Program
The Master’s Program                                UMass Boston graduate programs.                  will recommend admission to either the
                                                    Students wishing to take electives               Green Chemistry track of the PhD or the
The requirements for the MS Program in                                                               MS program for those applicants who
                                                    offered through other programs should
Chemistry have been designed with a                                                                  present evidence of their ability to do
                                                    seek prior approval of the Chemistry
flexibility that accommodates not only                                                               graduate work with distinction. Applicants
                                                    Graduate Program Director.
students interested in the usual areas of                                                            should present:
concentration in chemistry, but also those       3. CHEM 691-692 (Seminars I and II).
with interests in other, interdisciplinary,         Students participate in a seminar each           1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
chemistry-related fields. As many as nine of        semester through enrolling in these                 scores (aptitude and advanced tests).
the required thirty-three graduate credits          courses, and each student makes a total             Applicants to the MS programs who
may be earned in a related area of study.           of two oral presentations during the                have graduated from American or
In addition to the traditional subdivisions         time he/she is enrolled in the program.             Canadian colleges or universities are not
within the field of chemistry, candidates                                                               required to present these scores but are
                                                 4. An original contribution (thesis) in chem-          strongly urged to do so. The GRE is
may work in such areas as chemical physics          istry or in a chemistry-related field based on
and chemical biology, or in such divergent                                                              required of all PhD applicants and all
                                                    individual research (10 credits maximum),           master’s applicants with undergraduate
fields as chemical economics, and chemical          which the student submits and defends.
writing or editing.                                                                                     degrees from foreign institutions.
                                                 A minimum of 33 graduate credits is                 2. Three letters of recommendation.
All candidates for the master of science         required. Up to six credits in courses in
degree take required courses in each of          which the student received a grade of B or          3. A personal statement of purpose in
three areas: synthesis, structure, and dynam-    better may be transferred from other insti-            pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry
ics. These courses, which cut across the tra-    tutions subject to the approval of the pro-            at UMass Boston.
ditional boundaries of organic, inorganic,       gram director.                                      4. Applicants to the PhD program must
analytical, and physical chemistry, are                                                                 present a cumulative undergraduate
designed to give students of diverse             The BS/MS Degree in                                    grade point average of at least 3.0 in all
backgrounds and with diverse aims a              Chemistry                                              science and mathematics courses.
broad overview of the recent advances in
chemistry. A group of elective courses           The Chemistry Department offers a com-              Students intending to pursue the BS/MS
allows the student to specialize in a field of   bined BS/MS, designed to offer talented             must satisfy the University’s undergraduate
his or her choice. For students hoping to        and motivated students the opportunity to           admissions requirements.
continue their studies in a research-oriented    attain a master’s degree in five years.
PhD program, the curriculum offers the           Students who plan to enter this program
opportunity for both extensive course work       should have a solid high school record, par-
and a research project. This flexible pro-       ticularly in chemistry, mathematics, physics,
gram is designed for recent graduates as         and English.
well as for people who hold positions in         BS/MS Degree Requirements
high schools, community colleges, and
industry and who are seeking advancement         Requirements for this degree include
through further professional training.           1. All the chemistry courses required for the BA.
Attempts will be made to arrange schedules
                                                 2. The requirements for the MS degree in
for those who must study part-time.
                                                    chemistry.
                                                 3. A minimum of 11 credits of elective
                                                    chemistry courses, chosen from depart-
                                                    mental offerings.
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Chemistry

Teaching and Research                             CHEM 611                                         CHEM 658
Assistant Awards                                  Chemical Structure I                             Medicinal Chemistry
                                                  Structure determination and theory.              This graduate and upper-level professional
The Chemistry Department offers a limited         Molecules of interest are chosen. Based on       course presents the principles of medicinal
number of teaching assistantships to highly       these molecules, discussions and readings        chemistry. Organized along pharmacological
qualified new and continuing students in its      attempt to show how a chemist determines         lines, the course considers the development
MS program and in the Green Chemistry             each structure and how the structure is          and design of drugs, those a) acting on the
track in the Environmental Sciences PhD           understood in terms of modern chemical           central and peripheral nervous system; b)
program. Students in the BS/MS program            theory.                                          acting on the cardiovascular, hematopoietic
who have achieved at least 120 credits may        Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate           and renal systems; and c) acting as
also be eligible for teaching assistantships.     chemistry program or permission of instructor.   chemotherapeutic agents, vitamins,
These awards, which include a stipend and         Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits                    and hormones. Special emphasis is given
waiver of tuition, require recipients to serve                                                     to drugs used in emergencies and to
as laboratory instructors in certain of the       CHEM 612                                         drugs described in the United States
Chemistry Department’s undergraduate              Chemical Structure II                            Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary.
courses. Subject to availability, continuing      Study of the determination of chemical           Syntheses of important compounds in the
students may be appointed as research             structures by various methods such as UV-        various categories are presented.
assistants with the support of external           Vis, infrared and nuclear magnetic reso-         Prerequisite: CHEM 254 or equivalent.
grant funding provided through their              nance spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction.       Hrs by arrangement, 3 Credits
research directors.                               Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate
                                                  chemistry program or permission of instructor.   CHEM 666
Course Prerequisites                              Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits                    Electrochemistry
Please consult UMass Boston’s undergraduate                                                        This course provides an advanced study
catalog for complete information about the        CHEM 621                                         in the field of electrochemistry. Electro-
undergraduate courses listed here as prerequi-    Chemical Synthesis I                             chemistry will include an overview of the
sites for individual graduate-level courses.      The tactics, strategy, and methods of            theories of ionics, electrodiscs, and charge
                                                  accomplishing the synthesis of chemical          transfer. These theories will then be applied
Courses                                           substances.                                      to the understanding of a variety
                                                  Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate           of electroanalytical techniques and electro-
CHEM 601                                          chemistry program or permission of instructor.   chemical applications such as contemporary
Chemical Dynamics I                               Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits                    batteries and fuel cells. Electroanalytical
Discussions and outside readings in the                                                            techniques to be discussed include static
areas of chemical and physical equilibria         CHEM 622
                                                                                                   and dynamic methods for application of
and rate processes. Emphasis on thermody-         Chemical Synthesis II
                                                                                                   controlled voltage (potentiometric) and
namics from classical and statistical points of   Approaches to the synthesis of a number of
                                                                                                   controlled current (coulometric) as well as
view and on chemical reaction mechanisms.         representative organic compounds.
                                                                                                   ion detection, electro-separation, and
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate chem-      Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate
                                                                                                   conductometric methods. Specific topics
istry program or permission of instructor.        chemistry program or permission of instructor.
                                                                                                   emphasized will include electrochemical
Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits                     Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits
                                                                                                   instrumentation, reference electrodes, cyclic
                                                  CHEM 653                                         voltametry, microelectrochemistry, and con-
CHEM 602
                                                  Polymer Chemistry                                temporary ion selective electrode analysis.
Chemical Dynamics II
                                                  An introductory survey of polymer                Prerequisite: Matriculation in a graduate
Selected topics of interest to students and
                                                  chemistry including polymer structure and        chemistry program or permission of instructor.
staff involved. Typical subjects: molecular
                                                  stereochemistry, characterization of poly-       Hrs by arrangement, 4 credits
transport processes and kinetic theory,
photochemistry and excitation transfer            mers, categories of polymers, synthesis of
processes, surface and electrode rate             monomers, and polymerization reactions
processes, particle collision dynamics and        and their mechanisms. Why and how
reactivity, irreversible thermodynamics,          polymers are tailor-made is exemplified.
interaction of radiation and matter, and          Emphasis is given to polymer chemistry as
molecular state transitions.                      an interdisciplinary field and as a unique
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate            area of chemical science.
chemistry program or permission of instructor.    Prerequisite: CHEM 254 or equivalent, or
Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits                     permission of instructor.
                                                  Hrs by arrangement, 3 Credits
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Chemistry

CHEM 671                                           CHEM 691
Introduction to Green Chemistry                    Seminar I
The goal of this course is to provide a glob-      Students take CHEM 691 or 692 during
al perspective on Green Chemistry. The first       every semester they are enrolled in the
of three sections will identify an environ-        program.
mental problem such as global warming,             Prerequisite: Enrollment in a graduate
ozone depletion, or water pollution. The sec-      chemistry program or permission of instructor.
ond section will look at real-world implications   Hrs by arrangement, 1 Credit
of Green Chemistry—for example, from a
manufacturing, toxicological, or economic          CHEM 692
perspective. The third section will present        Seminar II
an array of representative topics: renewable       Students take CHEM 691 or 692 during
energy, atmospheric chemistry, chemical            every semester they are enrolled in the
reactions in water and soil, or benign             program.
chemical syntheses, for example.                   Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Graduate
Combined, the three sections provide an            Chemistry Program or permission of instructor.
understanding of chemistry designed to             Hrs by arrangement, 1 Credit
benefit society and provide pathways to
                                                   CHEM 696
minimize environmental impact.
                                                   Independent Study
Prerequisite: Matriculation in a graduate
                                                   Study of a particular area of chemistry
chemistry program or permission of instructor.
                                                   under the supervision of a faculty member.
Hrs by arrangement, 4 Credits
                                                   Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
CHEM 687                                           Hrs by arrangement, 1-10 Credits
Topics in Chemistry
                                                   CHEM 699
Graduate-level readings in various areas of
                                                   Master’s Thesis
chemistry under the supervision of a faculty
                                                   Open to degree candidates.
member.
                                                   Hrs by arrangement, 1-10 Credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Hrs by arrangement, 1-10 Credits                   CHEM 899 (Subject to final University
                                                   approval)
CHEM 688
                                                   Dissertation Research
Topics in Physical Chemistry
                                                   Research, conducted under faculty supervi-
Topical discussions, each based on elemen-
                                                   sion, which leads to the presentation of a
tary principles of physical chemistry and
                                                   doctoral dissertation.
progressing toward recent developments in
                                                   Hrs by arrangement, 1-10 Credits
the field. Open to graduates and advanced
undergraduates.
Prerequisites: CHEM 312 and 369, or
equivalents.
Hrs by arrangement, 3 Credits

CHEM 689
Topics in Organic Chemistry
Discussions of selected topics of current
interest in organic chemistry. Open to
graduates and advanced undergraduates.
Prerequisite: CHEM 254 or equivalent.
Hrs by arrangement, 3 Credits

CHEM 690
Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Discussions of selected topics of current
interest in inorganic chemistry. Open to
graduates and advanced undergraduates.
Prerequisite: CHEM 370 or equivalent.
Hrs by arrangement, 3 Credits