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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry University of Windsor Graduate Studies in Chemistry - What is Chemistry? - Programs: Chemistry, Biochemistry & Biotechnology - What Are Our Programs and Courses Like? - About the Department - Scholarship Opportunities

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graduate studies in chemistry

Graduate Studies in Chemistry

- What is Chemistry?

- Programs: Chemistry, Biochemistry & Biotechnology

- What Are Our Programs and Courses Like?

- About the Department

- Scholarship Opportunities

- Undergraduate Research Opportunities

- Faculty Profiles

- What can you do with a degree in Chemistry?

University of Windsor

chemistry the central science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Chemistry: The Central Science

Biochemistry

Biotechnology

Synthesizers

Characterizers

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

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what questions do chemists ask

If you are curious about the world around you and how it works, Chemistry is the area for you!

What questions do chemists ask?

- Are there contaminants in food products that make it unfit for human consumption?

- What are the natural concentrations of heavy metals in ground water?

- How is a new industrial process likely to affect the environment?

- How can we design an efficient and useful fuel cell?

- Can we use small molecules as building blocks to assemble tiny molecular machines that can perform tasks such as drug delivery?

- What types of materials can be made to make stronger, lighter metals for aircraft?

- Can we design catalysts that improve the production of plastics?

- Can we synthesize environmentally safe and/or biodegradable plastics & coatings?

- How can we make pharmaceuticals, vitamins or other important biological chemicals? - How do enzymes and proteins function in the human body?

- How do animals and plants protect themselves from predators?

- What are the key chemical reactions that allowed life to evolve?

- Can we us the chemical signals produced by all living things to control pests?

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what programs are available

ChemistryMost general of the degrees, trains student in a broad variety of chemistry sub-disciplines

BiochemistryEmphasis upon chemistry of living systemsBiochemistry & BiotechnologySame as biochemistry, with slightly different course focusChemistry & PhysicsCross-disciplinary study of chemistry & physics

What programs are available?

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what are the programs like

First Year (Chemistry or Biochemistry)

Chemistry Physics MathBiology Options

What are the programs like?

Second Year

Organic

Inorganic

Physical

Biomolecules

Biochemistry Program

Third Year

Organic Spectroscopy

Organometallic

Quantum Mechanics

Analytical

Instrumental Analysis

IntermediateOrganic

Materials Science

Spectroscopy

Fourth Year

Polymers

Advanced Topics

Computational

Advanced Topics

Photochemistry

Surface Chemistry

NMR

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biochemistry biotechnology

Biochemistryis the study of the chemistry of living systems, including biomolecules, proteins, DNA, nucleic acids and enzymes.

Biochemistry & Biotechnology

Biotechnologyis a set of powerful tools thatemploy living organisms (or parts of organisms) to make or modify products, improve plants or animals, or develop microorganisms for specific uses.

Courses in Biochemistry & Biotechnology:

Biological Mass Spectrometry Metabolism

Proteins and Nucleic Acids Enzymology

Biotechnology Lab Course DNA Science

Membrane Biochemistry RNA Chemistry

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our department

Some numbers:

Faculty:

Grad Students:

Undergrads:

24*

72

300

Our department places emphasis on teaching and research – our students are exposed to courses taught by some of the top scientists in Canada, and may join research laboratories!

Our Department

Faculty:

Grad Students:

Undergrads:

*11 in last 5 years

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a good place to be

We have a friendly and stimulating work environment, with high contact time between faculty & students.

A good place to be…

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facilities instrumentation

- From 2000 – 2006, over 15 million dollars in renovations of research laboratories and purchase of scientific instruments!

Facilities & Instrumentation

- Our department is one of the best equipped in Canada, & comparable (or better) than many U.S. institutions!

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teaching laboratories

In Fall 2005, all laboratory renovations are complete and new instrumentation coming in Spring 2006!

Teaching Laboratories

Newly revised laboratories and new lab equipment provides students with the chance to obtain sound laboratory skills and technical experience with modern analytical instrumentation.

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resource centre

The new Science Resource Centre in Essex Hall opened in January 2004.

Resource Centre

The resource centre is staffed by graduate teaching assistants who help students in 1st and 2nd year courses. Computers are available for laboratories, calculations and word processing!

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undergraduate research

Students are given the opportunity to work in world class, state-of-the-art research facilities

Undergraduate Research

- Summer research project students funded by NSERC or CCMR

- Honours project in Chemistry or Biochemistry (59-410)

- Lab technicians, part time work in research laboratories

- Earn money & gain experience with work study

The opportunity to participate in an active research environment helps many students with future career choices and provides them with practical experience desired by academia, government and industry.

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scholarships bursaries

Students with good academic track records (especially out of high school) can receive/apply for a variety of awards:

  • - Outstanding Scholars (Chemistry, Chemistry & Physics - $1000-5000)
  • - 1st Year Entrance Scholarships ($1000+)
  • Peter Wyzinski Memorial Award (3rd year: Chemistry, $500)
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry Prizes (4th year: Chemistry, Biochemistry)
  • Society for Chemical Industry Award (4th year: Chemistry, Biochemistry)
  • Hutnik Research Award (Best research project, Biochemistry, $500)
  • Dennis Tuck Memorial Award (Best research project, Chemistry, $500)
  • Centre for Catalysis & Materials Research (CCMR) Undergraduate Research Scholarships ($5500)
  • Summer NSERC Research Scholarships ($6000)

Scholarships & Bursaries

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student societies

Undergraduate and graduate societies are very active

  • multi-cultural festival- test/exam banks- professional school seminars- Canada science games- community outreach- parties!

Student Societies

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who are your professors

Professors in our department will be teaching your courses and counseling you in your programs

Who are your professors?

All professors also run full time

research programs

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centres of research excellence

Centre for Catalysis & Materials Research (CCMR)

Centres of Research Excellence

Biochemistry, Biotechnology & Molecular Biology

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER)

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our faculty

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Inorganic/Materials

Doug StephanStephen LoebDavid AntonelliCharles MacdonaldSamuel JohnsonTricia Breen Carmichael

Our faculty

Physical/Analytical

Ricardo ArocaJichang WangRob SchurkoJames Gauld

Organic

James GreenPhil DuttonHolger EichornAvinash Thadani

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bridging traditional disciplines

Organic

Inorganic

Inorganic

Physical

Analytical

Materials Chemistry

James Green

Organic Chemistry

Steve Loeb

Supramolecular Chemistry

Charles Macdonald

Main Group Chemistry

Doug Stephan

Organometallics & Catalysis

Sam Johnson

Organometallic Chemistry

Dave Antonelli

Mesoporous Solids

Rob Schurko

Solid State NMR

Tricia Breen Carmichael

Surface & Materials Chemistry

Non-linear Chemical Dynamics

Jichang Wang

Vibrational & Raman Spectroscopy

Ricardo Aroca

Holger Eichhorn

Organic Materials & Liquid Crystals

Phil Dutton

Physical Organic

Avinash Thadani

Organic Synthesis & Natural Products

Bridging Traditional Disciplines

University of Windsor

james green

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Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 1990NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, U. of California at BerkeleyPh.D. 1987, University of Waterloo B.Sc. 1982, University of Windsor

James Green

Organic Synthesis with Transition Metal Units

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holger eichhorn

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 2001Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Leeds, England, 1997Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Exeter, England, 1996Diploma in Chemistry (1991), Ph.D.,(1995) Postdoctoral Fellow (1996),University of Bremen, Germany

Holger Eichhorn

Mesomorphism – gateway to new materials for nanotechnology

Photovoltaic device containing a

star-shaped hetero-heptamer

Nanoparticle-Amphiphiles

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avinash thadani

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 2004Post-doctoral fellow, University of Chicago, 2001-2004Ph.D. (Toronto) – 2001B.Sc. (Toronto) – 1996

Avinash Thadani

Asymmetric Catalysis & Natural Product Synthesis

a) Development of Novel Chiral Ligands & Application in C–C Bond Forming Reactions

b) Synthesis of Bioactive Alkaloids

Chiral Ligands

Bioactive Alkaloids

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doug stephan

Department Head

University Professor

NSERC/NOVA Chemicals Industrial Research Chair

NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (Harvard University 1980-1982)B.Sc. (McMaster, 1976), Ph.D. (UWO, 1980)

Doug Stephan

Organometallic Chemistry

& Catalysis

Organometallic compounds are designed as catalysts, which provide a low energy activation pathway for a reactions

Dr. Stephan’s catalysts are currently used in commercial production of polyethylene

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stephen loeb

“Stopper”

“thread” or “axle”

“bead” or “wheel”

[2]-Pseudorotaxane

[2]-Rotaxane

Professor and Canada Research ChairRoyal Society of Chemistry, Visiting Professor, Oxford UniversityAssistant Professor, University of Winnipeg Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of AlbertaB.Sc (Hon), Ph.D. University of Western Ontario

Stephen Loeb

Supramolecular Chemistry & Molecular Machines

Interpenetrated Molecules

Interlocked Molecules

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david antonelli

Professor, University of Windsor, 1998Lecturer 1997 University of SussexResearch Associate 1994-1996 - MITResearch Associate 1994 University of AlbertaNSERC, Post-doc 1991-1993 Oxford/CaltechPhD - 1990 University of Alberta

David Antonelli

Mesoporous Metal Oxide Materials

Synthesis and characterization of composite materials

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chuck macdonald

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 2001Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, 1998-2001Ph.D., Dalhousie, 1998B.Sc. (Hons.) Dalhousie, 1994

Chuck Macdonald

Main Group Inorganic Chemistry

Clusters & Coordination Chemistry

Synthesis, Crystallography & Calculations

Oligomers & Polymers

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sam johnson

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 2002NSERC PDF, U. of California at Berkeley, 2000Ph.D. 2000, University of British ColumbiaB.Sc. 1995, McMaster University

Sam Johnson

Organometallic Chemistry & Materials

Photonics:Non-linear optics

N2 Activation

Ligand design

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tricia breen carmichael

Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 2005Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterNSERC PDF – Harvard UniversityPh.D. 1996, University of WindsorB.Sc. 1992, University of Windsor

Tricia Breen Carmichael

Surface & Materials Chemistry: Microelectronics

Indium Tin Oxide film patterned using microcontact printing and wet etching

Patterned Ni film fabricated using micro-contact printing & electrodeless plating

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ricardo aroca

University Professor, University of WindsorD. Sc., Supreme Attestation Commission of the Soviet UnionPhD in Chemistry, Moscow State University, 1970B.Sc. University of Chile, 1964Born Chile in 1943

Ricardo Aroca

Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

SERS is used to detect single molecules on surfaces composed of single monolayers of molecules

Dr. Aroca also works on spectroscopy of nanofabricated materials and chemical bonding in materials used in the design of hydrogen fuel cells.

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robert schurko

Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 2000Postdoc, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999Postdoc, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Brookhaven Nat’l Lab, 1998Ph.D. Dalhousie University, 1998B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. University of Manitoba, 1992, 1994

Robert Schurko

Solid-State NMR of Inorganic Materials

Nuclear magnetic resonance is used to study

the molecular structure

of solids

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jichang wang

Assistant Professor, University of Windsor, 2002

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lethbridge University, 2000

Postdoctoral Fellow, West Virginia University, 1996

Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 1995

Ph.D. Copenhagen University, Denmark, 1994

B.Sc. Tsinghua University, P. R. China, 1991

Jichang Wang

An example of

manipulating chemical

reactions with light,

in which oscillatory

phenomena are induced

by light in the otherwise

non-oscillatory medium

Dynamics & Mechanisms of Oscillating Chemical Reactions

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sirinart ananvoranich

Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 2000Ph.D. Concordia University (1995)B.Sc, M.Sc (Pharm), Chulalongkorn, Thailand, 1989

Sirinart Ananvoranich

Delta ribozyme and its applications

Catalytic ribonucleic acids “Delta ribozyme”.

Delta ribozyme can be modified to cut other ribonucleic acids (RNA) and could be a therapeutic agent, a gene-based drug.

We are using delta ribozyme as anti-parasitic drugs in our laboratory.

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james gauld

Assistant Professor, 2001Post-doctoral fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (1999-2001)Post-doctoral fellow, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1997-1999) B.Sc., Ph.D. Australian National University (1997)

James Gauld

Computational Chemistry &Molecular Modeling of Biochemical Systems

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lana lee

Associate ProfessorPh.D. University of Alberta, Biochemistry, 1980 A.B. Mount Holyoke College, Chemistry 1973

Lana Lee

Protein Structure and Function

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Blood Coagulation
  • Detoxification
  • Bacterial Systems (E.coli & volcanic)
  • Drug Design

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bulent mutus

ProfessorPh.D. University of Manitoba (1982)B.Sc./M.Sc. University of Waterloo

Bulent Mutus

Nitric oxide mediated communication between cells

N=O produced in endothelial cells (blood vessel walls) causes muscle cells to relax

  • vasodilation

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sirayam pandey

Associate Professor, University of Windsor, 2000JNU, New Delhi, Ph.D. 1992BHU, Varanasi, M.Sc. 1986

Sirayam Pandey

Programmed Cell Death and Aging Research Lab

Human Neurons

Cancer Cells

Apoptosis (cell death) is involved in:Cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and StrokeStudy of the biochemical mechanism of cell death in these diseases.

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otis vacratsis

Assistant ProfessorPh.D. Michigan State University (2001)Post doctoral fellowship University of Michigan

Otis Vacratsis

Biological Mass Spectrometry

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  • Proteomics
  • Post-translational
  • modifications
  • Biomarkers

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careers in chemistry

Specialized Chemistry-Forensic Science-Blood Chemistry-Molecular Spectroscopy-Environmental Chemistry

Chemical Education-Professors-Teachers-Laboratory Instructors-Safety and disposal

Research and Development-Industrial Positions-Government Laboratories-Academic Institutions

Careers in Chemistry

Chemistry/Biochemistry

Laboratory Technicians and Research Associates-Analytical Chemists-Organic Chemists-Biochemists-Biotechnologists & Molecular Biologists-Pharmacy, Food and Agriculture, Plastics and Coatings, Drug Testing, Environmental, etc.

Chemical Industry ($$$!)- Synthesis and evaluation/testing

- Manufacturing QA/QC- Safety control and risk assessment- Research and Development

- Biotechnology

Professionals- Chemistry and Health- Patent Attorneys- Environmental Assessment- Pre-professional (i.e., medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, etc.)

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salaries employment

All Chemists$80,000

Salaries & Employment

Employment SectorIndustry $86.0Government $77.0Academia $63.0

Final Degree ObtainedB.Sc. $59.7M.Sc. $71.3Ph.D. $90.0

B.Sc.

Industry $60.0 Government $58.2 Academia $45.0

Four years to complete

M.Sc.

Industry $76.5 Government $65.8 Academia $52.1

Two years after B.Sc.

Ph.D.

Industry $98.0 Government $91.0 Academia $65.4

Four years after B.Sc.

Chemist salaries grow faster than cost of living: 4.9 % increase 1998-2003Employment situation: 92.1% employment as of 2003, steady <3.5% unemp.Women as chemists: Education 41.4%, General 34.6%, Biochemistry 30.4%, Analytical 23%

Data source: All data from Chemical & Engineering News, as of March 1, 2004Annual median salaries given in thousands of dollars (U.S.) for full time chemists employed as of March 1, 2004

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what sets us apart

1. High teacher to student ratios not found in larger institutions mean that professors are accessible to students - you will find both professors and their graduate students very approachable

2. Most faculty have government and/or industrial funding to run active research programs in a wide variety of sub-disciplines

3. Eleven new faculty have been hired in the past five years - a variety of new research and teaching areas have opened up at Windsor, and a newly revised curriculum and laboratories are in place to make our students competitive in the job market

4. Windsor provides a small university environment for a top research-oriented department - excellent contact with major industrial partners and larger academic institutions (e.g., Wayne State, University of Michigan, etc.), and correspondingly, many advantages for our students

5. We have research instrumentation and new laboratories that match or beat much larger institutions in Canada or the United States

What sets us apart…

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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Windsor

For more information:Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Windsor

401 Sunset Avenue

Windsor, Ontario

Canada N9B 3P4

Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext:3521

FAX: (519)-973-7098

Email: chembio@uwindsor.ca

Website: www.uwindsor.ca/chemistry