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Greg A Slough, Ph.D.

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Chem 210 - Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

Basic principles of structure, nomenclature, and reactivity applied to aliphatic hydrocarbons; valence bond and molecular orbital structure models; inductive, resonance, and steric effects on reactivity; stereoisomerism; laboratory emphasis on techniques used in the synthesis and purification of organic compounds.Prerequisite: CHEM-120 or CHEM-125.

Chem 220 - Organic Chemistry II with laboratory

Continuation of CHEM 210 that includes classroom and laboratory study of the structure, nomenclature, chemical properties, and spectrometric identification of common organic compounds; emphasis on reaction mechanisms and organic synthesis. Intended for research-oriented natural science students with career interests in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry and related fields.Prerequisite: CHEM-210.

Chem 395 - Organic Spectroscopy

Organic molecules are everywhere including a growing inventory throughout the universe. With an unimaginable array of possibilites, how is organic chemical structure elucidated? This course examines modern spectroscopic techniques through in-class activities. With data collected, strategies will be developed to assign chemical structure and identify dynamic processes within a molecule. Mass spectroscopy and 1D- and 2D-NMR methods will be emphasized.

Chem 440 - Advanced Organic Chemistry with laboratory

Ask an introductory chemistry student what a catalyst is, and he or she is likely to explain that it is either a chemical that is not consume in a chemical reaction, or a chemical that accelerates a chemical reactions, or they may identify practical items like two-part epoxy resin adhesive or something involved in automotive exhaust system. While each is true, the essence of catalysis is missing. The goal of this advanced class is to study fundamental concepts that underlie the important field of catalysis. While challenging and multidisciplinary, this examination will be very rewarding in the context of modern science. We will use principles from both inorganic and organic chemistry to study how catalysts are used in the synthesis of organic molecules. Features of both organometallic and organocatalysis will be explored. Prerequisite: CHEM-220 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-. CHEM 430 preferred but not required.