Chemistry

Degrees Offered: MSc, PhD
Campus Address: F.J. Toole, Hall, Room 15
Department Telephone: (506) 453-4781
Department Fax: (506) 453-4981
Department Email Address: chem@unb.ca
Website: unb.ca/fredericton/science/depts/chemistry/index.html
Chairperson: Ghslain Deslongchamps (ghislain@unb.ca) Ph. (506) 453-4795
Director of Graduate Studies: John Neville (chemdogs@unb.ca) Ph. (506) 447-3115
Secretary of Graduate Studies: Heidi Stewart (scigrad@unb.ca) Ph. (506) 458-7488
  • Faculty Members of the Graduate Academic Unit (GAU)ALLAN G. ADAM, BSc, MSc (Western), PhD (Waterloo). Experimental Physical Chemistry. Molecular Beams and Spectroscopy.
  • BRUCE BALCOM, BSc (Mt. All.), PhD (Western), Canada Research Chair. Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • BARRY BLIGHT, BSc (Mt. All.), PhD (Western). Supramolecular chemistry-derived functional materials.
  • DAVID BURNS, BSc (Puget Sound), PhD (Washington). Bioanalytical chemistry.
  • LARRY A. CALHOUN, BSc, MSc, PhD (UNB). Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Natural Products.
  • FELIPE CHIBANTE, BSc (McGill), MA, PhD (Rice). Richard J. Currie Chair in Nanotechnology. Nanomaterials
  • RODNEY H. COOPER, BMath, MMath (Waterloo). Cheminformatics, databases, and data security.
  • ANDREAS DECKEN, Diplo (Universitat Duisburg), PhD (McMaster). X-ray Crystallography; Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry.
  • GHISLAIN DESLONGCHAMPS, BSc (Sherbrooke), PhD (UNB). Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Chemical Education.
  • C. ADAM DYKER, BSc (UNB), PhD (Dalhousie). Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry.
  • SARA EISLER, BSc, PhD (Alberta). Organic Materials Synthesis.
  • NOUREDDIN ELBAKALI-KASSIMI, BSc (Rabat), DEA, PhD (Paris).
  • *CHRISTOPHER A. GRAY, BSc (Wales), MSc, PhD (Rhodes). Marine Natural Products Chemistry; Organic Synthesis; Chemical Ecology; Marine Biotechnology.
  • ANNA IGNASZAK, MSc (Poznan Univ. of Technology), PhD (AGH Univ. of Science and Technology, Krakow). Analytical Chemistry; Electrochemistry; Materials.
  • DAVID I. MAGEE, BSc, PhD (UNB). Organic Synthesis.
  • JOHN J.NEVILLE, BSc (UNB), PhD (UBC). Experimental Physical Chemistry; Inner-shell Spectroscopy.
  • YONGHAO NI, BEng (Northwest Institute of Light Industry, China), MEng, PhD (McGill), Canada Research Chair. Pulp & Paper Science and Technology.
  • VALERIE REEVES, BSc, PhD (UNB). Chemical Education.
  • JAMES TAIT, BSc, PhD (Western).
  • GILLES VILLEMURE, BSc, PhD (Ottawa). Electrochemistry; Clay Minerals and Related Solids.

* UNB Saint John

Professors Emeritii and Honorary Research Professors

  • JOHN A. FINDLAY, BSc, PhD (UNB), Honorary Research Professor. Structure Elucidation and Synthesis of Natural Products.
  • FRIEDRICH GREIN, BSc, MSc (Goettingen), PhD (Frankfurt), Professor Emeritus. Quantum Chemistry.
  • SABA M. MATTAR, BSc (Alexandria), MSc (American University in Cairo), PhD (McGill), Professor Emeritus. Chemical Physics; Multi-frequency Pulsed Paramagnetic Resonance; Spectroscopy of Matrix-Isolated Transient Intermediates.
  • JACK PASSMORE, BSc, DSc, (Bristol), PhD (UBC), Professor Emeritus. Inorganic Fluorine Chemistry; Rings, Chains, and Clusters of Electron Rich Elements.
  • AJIT J. THAKKAR, BSc, PhD (Queen's), Professor Emeritus. Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.
  • ZDENEK VALENTA, Dipl Ing Chem (Eidgenssische Technische Hochschule, Zürich), MSc, PhD (UNB), FRSC, Professor Emeritus. Organic Chemistry.

Honorary Research Associates

  • Dr. A. Feicht
  • Dr. A. Granger
  • Dr. U. Hohm
  • Dr. D. Shannon
  • Dr. P. Silk
  • Dr. C. Song
  • Dr. S. Westcott

Adjunct Professor

  • Dr. Diane Botelho, NB Research and Productivity Council

RESEARCH AND FACILITIES

The Chemistry GAU maintains a vigorous externally funded research effort carried out by about 20 full-time
graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, in addition to the regular faculty and research associates.

The chemical laboratories are well-equipped to carry out research in various areas of Chemistry. Equipment
installations include: proton and multinuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers (Agilent 400 MR, Varian
Inova 300), EPR, UV, FT-IR spectrometers, a laser-induced fluorescence molecular beam spectrometer, a
CCD X-ray diffractometer, facilities for handling reactive compounds and hygroscopic materials, Faraday
magnetic balance, chromatograph, HPLC/GPC, and full computing facilities, including various workstations
and access to ACENET, which provides advanced computing resources to researchers throughout Atlantic
Canada. In addition, excellent mechanical, electronic and glass blowing workshops staffed by highly qualified
technicians are available for design, construction and repair of equipment.

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Analytical Chemistry:

  • Electrochemistry
  • Sensors
  • New methods of chemical analysis with medical applications
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of materials

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Synthetic methods for unique materials
  • Functional materials
  • Determination of structures of chemically interesting compounds by single crystal X-ray techniques.
  • Study of electron transport and selective adsorption in electrodes modified with clay minerals, zeolites, layered double hydroxides and mesoporous silicates.

Organic and Bio-Organic Chemistry

  • Structural elucidation and synthesis of natural products with emphasis on compounds of biological and/or medicinal interest. In particular, studies on alkaloids, insect pheromones, antifeedants and growth regulators, terpenes, phytoalexins, novel steroids, and natural products from marine organisms and fungi. Synthetic methods and reaction mechanisms.
  • Design and synthesis of receptor models, organocatalysts and other molecular devices. Docking, virtual screening, and other aspects of computer-assisted molecular design.
  • Fundamentals in non-chlorine pulp bleaching, chemistry of ClO2 bleaching and ClO2 generation, solvent pulping, novel pulping and bleaching technology.
  • Catalytic reactions of organic compounds; design of new reactions and catalysts.
  • Application of modern NMR methods to the determination of the secondary structure of biologically active natural products and the tertiary structure of proteins and peptide-protein complexes.
  • Preparation of new, strong organic reducing agents

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry:

  • Quantum chemical ab initio studies of structure and electronic spectra of molecules using self consistent field, configuration interaction and multiconfiguration methods and the development of such methods.
  • Theoretical studies of intermolecular forces, polarizabilities, dispersion coefficients, electronic momentum densities in molecules, X-ray and high energy electron scattering and electron pair distributions.
  • Multi-Frequency Electron Magnetic/Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy and properties of clusters, organic free radicals and matrix-isolated organometallic reactive intermediates. Fundamental theories of magnetism, spin systems, symmetry groups and equivalency. Electronic structure computation at the post Hartree-Fock, multireference configuration interaction and hybrid density functional levels.
  • High resolution spectroscopy of molecules and clusters is performed in a molecular beam environment.
  • Determination of the molecular geometrical structures, precise electronic rovibrational frequencies and accurate measurements of the electron spin and nuclear hyperfine structures from the acquired spectra.
  • Study of the inner-shell spectroscopy and subsequent relaxation processes of core-excited molecules using time-of-flight mass spectrometry, auger electron spectroscopy and excitation by both photoabsorption and electron impact.

Materials Chemistry

  • Conducting polymers for energy and sensor applications.
  • Materials that readily absorb industrial pollutants.
  • Preparation and characterization of new organic materials as electrode-active components for
  • environmentally friendly and rechargeable batteries.
  • Responsive materials (gels and liquid crystals) and semiconductors.

Admission and Degree Requirements

  • MSc and PhD programs are offered leading to the degrees of MSc and PhD in Analytical, Bio-organic, Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Candidates should possess a bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry with a first or second division standing from this University or its equivalent from another recognized university.
  • Qualified students will usually require at least two to three years of study and research to complete the requirements of a MSc degree and three to five years of full-time study and research for the PhD degree.
  • Both the MSc and PhD are research degrees for which a thesis is the major requirement. Primary emphasis is placed on experimental and theoretical work related to the thesis problem. Course and seminar requirements vary within the GAU. Applicants should inquire as to the usual requirements of
  • each discipline.

Courses Offered

Graduate courses may be given by the faculty on specific topics of interest to researchers in the field. In the following list the course numbers refer to the general area covered, not to content, which will vary according to the needs of the graduate students. A limited number of courses is offered each year and only where sufficient interest is shown.

For a list of Chemistry courses offered, visit the Chemistry Courses section of the Graduate Calendar.