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Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Materials Certificate

The Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Materials certificate program outlines techniques and devices used for sampling in diverse media. Discussions of sample treatment prior to analysis is also covered. This includes isolation, concentration and fractionation of analytes, and classes of analytes. Tactics in organic synthesis such as tandem reactions, template and chelation effects, biomimetic tactics and the use of chiral terpenes, carbohydrates and amino acids in enantioselective syntheses are a main focus. As an introduction to pharmaceutical chemistry, students will learn fundamental concepts such as the modern principles of drug design: drug absorption, distribution and metabolism, theories of drug-receptor interactions, approaches to structure-activity relationships, chemical, and physicochemical and structural considerations.

Required Courses

CHEM 505 Spectroscopic Methods I
CHEM 531 Tactics in Organic Synthesis
CHEM 539 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry

And one course from the following list of electives:

CHEM 509 Physical Methods of Characterization
CHEM 512 Spectroscopic Methods II
CHEM 535 Polymer Synthesis
CHEM 542 Polymer Characterization and Analysis
CHEM 543 Analytical Chemistry Pharmaceutical Sciences

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