Courses Taught

Courses Taught

Courses Taught

MTSC-6130G - Surface Science and Catalysis

MTSC-6130 is a course based on select topics from the recent primary literature. It covers the fundamental science required to understand the atomic and electronic structure of surfaces and their chemical reactivity as well as the most common tools for surface characterization.
Fall 2018
Briefly, the course includes basics of solid-state surface chemistry (including Miller Indices); surface functionalization that covers (but is not limited to) self-assembly of thiols and carbenes on gold, siloxanes at hydrophilic surfaces, molecular organic frameworks (MOFs), and surface-enhanced materials, first of all, inorganic support - organic or organometallic polymer composites. We pay attention to practical applications of surface chemistry for the design of functional materials (including sensors, electrochromic, thermochromic photo- and electroluminescent materials and self-healing materials) and for the design of heterogeneous catalysts.

CHEM-4610U/MTSC-6020G - Advances in Inorganic Chemistry /Advanced Topics in Material Science
Fall 2017
This is a seminar course based on selected topics from the recent primary literature. The topics included for discussion in this course will focus on the electronic, mechanical and chemical properties of extended structures (amorphous, crystalline and hybrid solids, nanosurfaces). Special attention will be given to novel inorganic /organometallic structures with extended properties/ functionalities from primer literature.

CHEM-42020.201609-MTSC-6140G - Experimental Techniques in Materials Characterization
Winter 2017

CHEM 3520U - Inorganic Chemistry II: Organometallics
Winter 2015
Organometallic chemistry and metal catalysis of the transition metals. Survey of organometallic complexes including, but not limited to, metal carbonyls and carbonyl clusters, metal (alkyls, alkenes, alkynes, allyls, and aryls) and metallocenes. Structure, bonding and MO diagrams, use of group theory. IR and group theory predictions, fluxional molecular motions, and characterization by NMR spectroscopy. Synthesis and reactions of carbonyl, alkene, and aryl complexes. Detailed coverage of homogeneous and heterogeneous metal catalysis and applications in industrial processes. 3 cr, 3 lec, 4 lab. Students are strongly recommended to take CHEM 3510U prior to taking this course

6020H: Advanced Topics in Materials Science
Winter 2015
This is a seminar course for Trent University and UOIT graduate students. It is based on select topics in materials science from the recent primary literature.

CHEM 3510U - Inorganic Chemistry I : Transition Metals
Fall 2014
This is a course in the coordination chemistry of the classical (Werner) transition metal ions. Description of the solid state including close packing, lattice structures, radius rule, lattice energies, MO’s, and semiconductor applications.
Description of the solution state including Lewis acid-base theory, HSAB theory, aquo ion Bronsted acidity, ligand exchange kinetics, formation constants, thermodynamics, and chelate effect. Ligand field theory including crystal field splittings, MO diagrams and use of group theory, theoretical principles of UV-visible spectroscopy, Orgel and Tanabe-Sugano diagrams, magnetism and redox. Descriptive chemistry of the first row transition metal ions including oxidation states, complexation behaviour, and bio-organic examples. 3 cr, 3 lec, 4 lab.

Courses Taught

Foundations of Chemistry and Technology of Surface-active Materials
Laboratory sessions
2004 Spring
This advanced course was developed in the Department of Fats Technology at the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” (NTU “KhPI”), Kharkiv, Ukraine for graduate students specializing in application of synthetic organic chemistry for various lipids as raw materials. My responsibilities included laboratory coordination of 32 students, providing instructions on technical and safety aspects of upcoming laboratories, and assessment of written lab reports. During the semester small subgroups (normally 2 students) performed an individual laboratory task. These tasks included plant oils hydrolysis; synthesis of sodium, potassium and ammonium salts of fatty acids; synthesis of sodium, potassium and ammonium salts of alkyl sulfates, obtaining surface-active materials from abovementioned compounds, and determining their efficiency as surfactants.

Chemistry of Lipids
Laboratory sessions
2003 Fall
This advance course was developed by Prof. Fedor F. Gladkiy for 4th year undergraduate students. The mission of the course was to introduce the basic principles of lipid classification, including physical and chemical properties of lipids, with emphasis on the fats and oils, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, soaps, and alkylsulfates. My responsibilities included laboratory coordination of 30 students. Laboratory sessions included observation of solubility of various lipids in different polar and non-polar solvents, extraction of lipids from different plant materials, determination of acid value and saponification value of lipids, and finally transesterification of lipid blends to get methyl esters and analyze fatty acid composition of the blends. My important contribution in this course was redeveloping of the lab program. In more detail, I proposed to use FTIR spectrometry to determine if the blend contains trans-isomers that are characteristic for hydrogenated vegetable oils. Since trans-isomers have characteristic C-H out-of-plane deformation band observed at 966 cm-1, the analysis can be performed quantitatively and after compared with GC results of fatty acid composition determination.

Chemistry of Hydrocarbons
Laboratory sessions
2003 Spring
This basic course was developed for undergraduate students. It refreshed student’s knowledge about the structure and nomenclature of organic compounds containing only carbon and hydrogen such as alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and aromatic compounds; their general formulas, homologous series, physical properties including gradation of boiling points based on van der Waals intermolecular forces. Then, general chemical properties of double and triple bonds (oxidation, hydrogenation, halogenations and hydrohalogenation) were studied. I initiated a laboratory, where each student received an unknown blend of hydrocarbons and performed hydrogenation using different catalysts. Determination of the iodine value before and after hydrogenation was used to evaluate the catalysts efficiency.

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