Chemistry

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CHEM 6101
Chemistry seminars (COMPULSORY)
This course aims to provide an opportunity for discussion and presentation of topics in chemistry.  Modern research topics of all branches of chemistry.
Assessment: One 20-minute oral presentation on topics related to the candidate’s field of study, one written report of not more than 1500 words or equivalent, and attendance; pass/fail
Contact Person: Dr Ho Yu Au-Yeung
 
CHEM 6102
Research techniques in chemistry
This course aims to provide the principles and practice of some important and widely used research techniques in chemistry. Topics selected on the advice of the supervisor from: nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electron spin resonance spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, material characterization, molecular modeling techniques, vibrational spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, separation techniques, combinatorial chemistry.
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Hongzhe Sun
 
CHEM 6103
Special topics in chemistry
This course aims to provide more advanced treatment in topics in chemistry. Topics selected on the advice of the supervisor from : selected advanced topics of current interest in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.
Assessment: One written report of no less than 2500 words; pass/fail 
Contact Person: Professor Vivian W W Yam
 
CHEM 6104
Molecular structure & materials properties
This course aims to provide a broad overview on the properties, the design and applications of various materials. Introduction to polymer science, structure-property relationship of materials bearing optical, electrical, magnetic, liquid crystalline and information storage properties and their applications. 
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Wai-Kin Chan
 
CHEM 6105
Physical and chemical instrumentation
This course aims to provide students with knowledge of advanced instrumentation and techniques and their applications in the characterization studies in materials science. Selected four out of six modules: (1) Electron microscopy (2) Scanning probe microscopy (3) X-ray diffraction (4) Polymer characterization (5) Vibrational spectroscopy (6) Surface electronic characterization.
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Godwin K Y Chan 
 
CHEM 6106
Advanced polymer science
This course aims to provide an in-depth knowledge on more advanced topics related to macromolecular-based materials. Advanced polymerization methods; copolymerization; polymerization kinetics; block polymers; polymers for photonic applications; polymer processing; polymer blends; engineering plastics; photoresist materials; molecular films and membranes; compatible materials; modelling; selected topics.
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting); pass/fail
Contact Person: Professor Wai-Kin Chan 
 
CHEM 6107
From group theory, spectroscopy and photophysics to applications of metal-based materials
This course provides an overview of advanced photophysics and photochemistry of metal complexes/organometallic materials. The course is designed for postgraduate students that have basic knowledge in photochemistry and coordination chemistry. It introduces advanced concepts in group theory and its applications in assigning various kinds of electronic transitions in metal complexes. The uses of molecular and polymeric metal complexes in advanced technological applications will also be discussed.
 
CHEM 6108
Introduction to macromolecules
This is a postgraduate course offered by the Joint Centre for Advanced Study. Lectures will be delivered by faculty members from CUHK, HKUST, and HKU. Both introduction to macromolecular science and some frontier topics will be covered. The lectures will be held at the campus of these three institutions. Details will be announced at the beginning of the class.
 
CHEM 6109
Computational chemistry (Chem3506)
(1) Overview of the theories of modern computational methods: quantum mechanics, molecular mechanics, and molecular dynamics (2) Introduction of various popular computational softwares for practical applications (3) Application of computational tools in solving chemical problems: Structure, reaction mechanism, and physical properties.
 
CHEM 6110
Applied medicinal chemistry in drug discovery and development
To introduce practical knowledge of Medicinal Chemistry in Drug Discovery and Development. This course is designed for undergraduate students interested in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemical Biology or Biotechnology (second and third year) or postgraduate students. This course will use examples to illustrate the basic concepts and how these concepts can be used to generate new functional molecules with wide applications in Medicine. 
 
CHEM 6111
Integrated organic synthesis (Chem3403)
This course aims to cover aspects of modern synthetic methods, develops the concept of synthetic planning with relevance and in the context of drug synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and natural product chemistry, so as to provide an integrated approach to the subject.
Assessment: One 3-hour written final examination 70%, and cumulative assessment (midterm test plus project) 30%
Contact Person:  Professor Pauline Chiu
 
CHEM 6112
Advanced physical chemistry (Chem3513)
This course covers advanced topics in physical chemistry. It is offered for students majoring in physical chemistry and for students who are interested in postgraduate studies.
Assessment: One 2-hour written examination (80% weighting) and continuous assessment (20% weighting)
Contact Person: Professor Guanhua Chen
 
CHEM 6113
Medicinal chemistry (Chem3407)
This course covers the chemical principles of drug design and drug action and uses as an introduction to research in areas of bioorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and biotechnology.
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (75% weighting); Continuous assessment of practical (25% weighting) 
Contact Person: Professor Hongzhe Sun
 
CHEM6114
Advanced Organic Chemistry (Chem3404)
This course aims to provide students with knowledge in organic chemistry reaction mechanism and organic compound structure determination.
Assessment: One 3-hour written examination (70% weighting) and continuous assessment (30% weighting)
Contact Person: Professor Dan Yang