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ChemTech International Graduate Program in Chemistry

The ChemTech Graduate Program in Chemistry is a new international program at the Technion offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. This international study program is taught entirely in English at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry.

Graduate studies at the Technion will provide you with an opportunity to be a part of important cutting-edge research in new promising fields and apply hands-on some of the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation available, in a supportive multidisciplinary environment.

At the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, you’ll receive a broad and high-level scientific education, and become part of a vibrant community of scientists from Israel and abroad involved in world-class research.

We strongly encourage our students to engage in the study of two or more sub-disciplines.

Graduation from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry provides an entry path into the highest appreciated and most competitive industrial and academic positions.

ChemTech Program Details:

The program offers three options of study:

  • 2-year M.Sc. degree
  • 4.5-year direct Ph.D. track (whereupon you will be granted a Master Degree after successfully passing the Ph.D. candidacy exam)
  • 3.5-year Ph.D. track for students who hold an M.Sc.  degree (with Thesis)


The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion is ranked 8th in Europe, 38th in the world according to Shanghai Rankings ARWU 2013. Our multidisciplinary approach, distinguished academic faculty and modern research facilities attract top scientists from around the world.

The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry offers undergraduate degrees as well as programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in all the fields of modern chemistry for which the faculty and the Technion are world renowned.

Studies at the Faculty overlaps the associated fields of physics, materials sciences, biology, energy, medicine and electronics and nanotechnology, and its research program encourages students to engage in two or more sub-disciplines.

The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry

Our graduate program attracts gifted students, from Israel and abroad, nurtures their skills and shapes their development into independent, high quality scholars capable of critical and creative research. While pursuing their studies, students are exposed to modern scientific research methods in a supportive interdisciplinary environment.

All faculty members are fully engaged and committed to research that assure personalized guidance and support from their professors.

The research program provides an opportunity for graduate students to become involved in cutting-edge science in new promising fields and apply hands-on some of the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation available today.

At the forefront of the Faculty’s interests is the evolution of chemical research towards molecular materials engineering and life sciences, and many of the Faculty’s research projects, particularly the most exciting recent discoveries, are characterized by a highly multidisciplinary nature.

Research at the Faculty

The Faculty supports research projects that span a full spectrum of disciplines within the chemical sciences and is comprised of some 25 research groups. There are two separate research divisions: the Division of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, and the Division of Physical, Theoretical and Analytical Chemistry.

The Division of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry consists of 11 research groups. Their scientific interests and activities encompass general fields of organic, inorganic, bio-organic, bio-inorganic, catalytic, theoretical, supramolecular, polymer and materials chemistry.

The Division of Physical , Theoretical and Analytical Chemistry is comprised of 14 research groups that apply a variety of theoretical and experimental techniques to elucidate the molecular nature of materials. Many of these studies are interdisciplinary, belonging to the overlapping realms of materials science, life sciences, energy research, solid state and nanomaterials.

Multidisciplinary research is encouraged by the Faculty and supported through joint collaborations with faculty from other scientific fields. Many of these research collaborations are performed through Technion affiliated centers of excellence and institutes listed below.

Associated Centers of Excellence


Contact Information

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Application and Admission Process

We enroll Master students in two intakes – October and March, and PhD students throughout the year.

All candidates will be evaluated by an academic committee, headed and appointed by the ChemTech chairperson, whose decisions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence in the B.Sc. or M.Sc., with a major in Chemistry
  • 3 recommendation letters from renowned scientists
  • A 2-paged research proposal (optional)
  • Interview with the ChemTech Academic Committee (via Skype)
  • GRE (general exam) (Technion code: 0343)
  • Very good English skills (TOFEL or IELTS)
  • Preference will be given to students with proven experience in research
  • Letter of acceptance by a faculty member of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry
  • $140 (non-refundable) registration fee

Contact Information

Get more information about the ChemTech International Graduate Program in Chemistry by emailing us:

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Housing and Scholarship

Students in the ChemTech Graduate Program will have priority regarding living accommodations at the Technion campus dormitories for graduate students. Housing options are also offered to families and couples. The cost of housing depends on the dormitory and room type, and may vary between $310-$550 per month.

Students will also have access to the university’s first-class facilities that include research laboratories, three swimming pools (one Olympic-sized), gym, tennis and squash courts, movie theatre, over 20 cafeterias, pub, food market and shops located on the Technion campus. In addition, Chem Tech graduate students will participate in social activities especially designed for international students, which will familiarize them with Haifa and provide them with opportunities to explore the major sites in Israel.

Each graduate student accepted to the program will be provided with:

  • Scholarship (stipend)
  • Full exemption from tuition fees


The course requirements are based on Technion course policy:

 Master Program:

Graduates students of 3-year bachelor degrees: 30 credits points

Graduates students of 4-year bachelor degrees: 16 credits points

Ph.D. Program: 6 credit points for those who hold an M.Sc.



Advanced inorganic chemistry (course 126200)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

A major goal of the course is to teach students fundamentals of organometallic chemistry from the inorganic, organic and catalytic standpoints. The following topics will be discussed. Structure and Bonding: brief overview of transition metal orbitals, electron counting, formal oxidation state, 18-e rule, geometries for transition metal complexes (Crystal Field Theory, MO description), σ- and π-bonding, metal-metal bonding. Comprehensive survey of types of ligands for TM complexes, and their electronic and steric properties. Typical spectroscopic methods and techniques for the characterization of TM complexes. Chemical processes on TM: ligand exchange, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion, nucleophilic attack on the ligand. Mechanisms and synthetic outcomes. Selected representative applications of TM complexes in catalysis: mechanistic and practical

Advanced inorganic chemistry laboratory (course 126300)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 1.5

The laboratory is intended to give the student a good working knowledge of modern laboratory techniques as applied to the preparation and characterization  of inorganic compounds.  The laboratory will be given in 6 weekly hours half a semester. 

Advanced environmental laboratory monitoring (126302)

Weekly hours: 4         Credit points: 2

Modern analytical methods for environmental analysis, sampling methods, trace analyses (PPB range). Electroanalytical and spectrophotometric methods for analysis of sulfates, nitrates and heavy metals in water. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) analysis in air by standard environmental methods (EPA).  GC monitoring of organic air contamination. 

Advanced laboratory of organometallic chemistry (126303)

Weekly hours: 8         Credit points: 3

Development of skills in advanced inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Vacuum and Schlenk technology. The work will be performed under inert and gloved box conditions.

Advanced physical chemistry laboratory (course 126600)

Weekly hours: 8         Credit points: 3

Topics: Properties of surfaces: Thermodynamics and interfaces. Structure of solid surfaces. Electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces. Interaction of gas molecules with solid surfaces. Chemical adsorption, Physical adsorption, adsorption isotherms. Properties of the adsorbed layer. Experimental methods in surface studies. Methods in surface research.

Advanced theoretical physical chemistry (course 126601)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Atoms, molecules and nanostructures in a laser field: harmonic generation, ionization, optical lattices. coherent quantum control of chemical processes using ultra-short laser pulses. Thermodynamics of surfaces and boundary layers. Chemical and physical absorption catalysis, surface science investigations.  Quantum dynamics and kinetics of processes between a molecule and its thermal environment.

Advanced experimental physical chemistry (course 126602)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Spectroscopy and microscopy of nano crystals. Solid state NMR spectroscopy. Macromolecular characterization at atomic resolution. Sensitive detection methods for measuring signals.

Applied computational chemistry (course 126603)

Weekly hours: 1 (+ 5 project)           Credit points: 3

Electronic structure calculations of chemical systems (Hartree-fock, dft, td-dft, molecular-mechanics, etc.) and usage of commercial computational chemistry and visualization packages. Analyzing the chemical bond, finding molecular confirmations. calculating transition states and reaction coordinates. computing IR and NMR spectra, calculations of electronically excited states.

Advanced organic chemistry (course 126700)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Molecular orbitals of organic molecules, symmetry, correlation diagrams. The Woodward-Hoffman rules and their application to electrocyclic, cycloaddition and sigmatropic reactions (both thermal and photochemical). Organic synthesis with catalytic antibodies. Organic synthesis with transition metal complexes.

Advanced organic chemistry 2 (course 126701)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Creation of chirality in molecules, enantio- and diastereo-differentiation. The following asymmetric reactions will be discussed: additions to carbonyl compounds, Alfa substitution using chiral enolates, assymetric aldol reactions, additions to C-C double bonds, reduction and oxidation, rearrangements, hydrolysis and esterification enzymatic reactions. Polymers: synthesis of polymers by the anionic, cationic and radical Mechanisms. Organometallic based polymers, mechanisms for alkenes, metathesis and oligomers. Ring opening polymerization, conducting polymers.

Advanced organic chemistry 3 (course 126703)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Aromaticity: introduction, models and criteria for aromaticity and antiaromaticity systems, aromaticity in 3-dimensions, strain effects. Sugars: introduction of carbohydrates:  natural products related to and containing monosaccharides. Classification of carbohydrates:  monosaccharides: configuration, ring structure, conformation, nomenclature.  Oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Synthesis of carbohydrates: the synthesis of mono-saccharides and reactions of monosaccharide derivatives, the synthesis of oligosaccharides for biological and medical applications: modern methods for the assembly of oligosaccharides, programmable synthesis of oligosaccharides. Design and production of oligosaccharide libraries. Biosynthesis of carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates: past and future.

Advanced organic chemistry laboratory (course 126901)

Weekly hours: 8 (Project)     Credit points: 3

Major updated developments in organic chemistry: organometallic chemistry, enantioselective synthesis, computational chemistry, catalytic antibodies, polysaccharide synthesis.

Advanced topics in chemistry 1 (course 128001)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Lectures in advanced topics in chemistry given by guest professors. The syllabus will be presented for approval of the committee for graduate studies, prior to the beginning of the term. 

Advanced experimental Methods in Magnetic Resonance (course 128429)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

The Magnetic Resonance (MR) spectrometer (electron spins resonance and nuclear magnetic resonance) and its components; the source of signal in MR; signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) in conventional “induction” detection MR; “non-conventional” detection methods (Optical, force, indirect detection) – capabilities and limitations.  Imaging methods in MR emphasizing experimental aspects such as gradient coils and imaging sequences.  Experimental aspects of diffusion measurements by MR

Advanced topics in theoretical chemistry 1 (course 128201)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Advanced course in theoretical chemistry dealing with research subjects from the field of the lecturer expertise. The syllabus will be submitted by the teacher for approval of the committee for graduate studies prior to the beginning of the term.

Advanced experimental methods in physical chemistry (course 127421)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Theory of measurement systems. Noise sources. S/N calculations and enhancement techniques. Convolution and Fourier methods, auto and cross correlation. Instrumentation electronics.  Vacuum systems. Light sources, imaging and collection. Optical components, Laser and ion optics. Modern spectroscopic methods. Detectors and energy analyzers for photons, ions and neutrals. Molecular beams.

Advanced NMR techniques and applications (course 127424)

Weekly hours: 2                    Credit points: 2

Introduction: classical and quantum mechanical approach, magnetization vector, density matrix, evolution operator. Pulsed-NMR, basic principles. The spectrometer, magnetic interactions and dynamic processes. Manipulating spin coherences, double-resonance. Two-dimensional high-resolution NMR. Solids NMR: single crystal to polycrystalline/amorphous materials. Advanced solids NMR, periodically time dependent Hamiltonians. Applications: dynamic processes and reactions in the solid state. Structural characterization of interfaces and interphases. Characterization of biological systems. 

Advanced practical analytical chemistry (course 127207)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Key performance characteristics of analytical methods, international analytical requirements, validation process. Method development in practice (based on separation techniques/optical emission spectroscopy): methodology, choice of technique, essential steps in method development: sample pretreatment, choosing conditions, quantification. Method development, methodology and its demonstration using case study problems. 

Advanced topics in organic chemistry (course 128717)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Subjects of current interest to synthetic organic chemists will be dealt with. Evaluation of the student will be based on seminars and discussion of the latest developments in the current literature, which he will be expected to follow regularly. 

Biological Photochemistry  (course 127441)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

The interaction between light and biomolecules. The evolution of biological photochemical systems. Photophysical and photochemical processes. The electronic structure of biological chromophores and the influence of their environment. Light absorption, energy and electron transport. Photosynthesis at atomic resolution. Vision and signaling processes. Utilizing biological solar energy conversion and artificial photosynthesis. 

Basic principles of molecular symmetry (course 127500)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Symmetry elements and spatial symmetry operations. Multiplication of symmetry operations. Point group symmetry and the classification of molecules. Basic concepts in group theory: group properties, the multiplication table, subgroups, commutative and non-commutative groups, cyclic groups, conjugacy classes. Matrix representations of groups and their characters. Reducible and irreducible representation. The orthogonality of irreducible representation, character tables, reduction of representations and projection operations. Symmetry properties and quantum mechanics. Normal modes of vibration, selection rules and spectroscopy. Symmetry adapted molecular orbitals, hybridization  reduction of symmetry by substitute or external fields.

Bioorganic chemistry of enzymes (course 127718)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Stereochemistry of enzymatic reactions (examples of NAD+NADH dependent processes, chiral methyl groups, chiral phosphate). Transition state analogues. Structure and mechanisms of selected enzymes (dehydrogenases, proteases, aldolases, isomerases). Mechanistic studies of the Shikimate pathway enzymes (DHQ synthase, chorismate mutase). 

Carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry (course 127731)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Introduction of carbohydrates. Natural products related to and containing monosaccharides. Information capability of the carbohydrate code. Classification and description of monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides. Monosaccharides: Configuration, ring structure, conformation, nomenclature. Monosaccharides: Glycosidic bond formation, types of anomeric leaving groups and their function, interconversion between different leaving groups;  Protecting groups used in carbohydrates and their manipulations. Synthesis of carbohydrates. Biosynthesis of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates: past and future. Current problems posed to the carbohydrate chemist (carbohydrate chemistry) and to the carbohydrate biochemist (glycobiology).

Chemistry of polymers (course 127724)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Chemistry of Polymers: Basic Principles. Definition. Polymerization processes. Degree of Polymerization. Step Polymerization (general concepts). Chain Reaction Polymerization (general concepts). Molecular weight and Polymer Solutions. Measuring Mn, Mw. Stereochemistry of Polymers and physical Properties. Free Radical Vinyl Polymerization (Initiators, Techniques, Kinetics and Mechanism). Calculations for DP including with chain transfer. Stereochemistry of the polymers with radical polymerizations. Diene polymerizations with radicals. Radical polymerization of conjugated dienesCopolymerization (f1, f2, F1 and F2). Q, e, Schemes for copolymerizations. Ionic polymerization of vinyl compounds. Cationic Polymerization (Initiators, kinetics, stereochemistry, copolymerization). Anionic Polymerization (Initiators, living polymerization, kinetics and calculation of DP, stereochemistry and effect of solvents), Copolymerizations. Group Transfer Polymerization as part of Living Polymerization. Vinyl Polymerization with complexes (Ziegler Natta, Metallocenes). Metathesis process, ROMP, Ring Opening, Metathesis, Polymerization. ADMET process. Step Polymerization (Condensations, Kinetics, effect of catalyzed Vs. Uncatalyzed, Stoichiometric Imbalance). Examples of condensations with multifunctional groups. Polyelectrolytes, Ionomers. Photolytic polymerization. Polycaprolactone, polycaprolactame, polylactide, polyoxazoline. Chemistry at the polymer, heterogeneous polymers and uses. Inorganic polymers, silicones, silicates, phosphazenes; synthesis and reactions. Depolymerization 

Computational methods in quantum chemistry (course 127415)

Weekly hours: 2 (+2) Credit points: 3

The variational method for ground and excited states, self consistent field method for electronic spectrum (Hartree-Fock) and for vibrational-rotational spectrum (Hartree): numerical integration of one-dimensional Schrodinger equation, the Raleigh-Schrodinger perturbation theory within the framework of finite matrix approximation and methods to calculate the radius of convergence of the perturbation series. The students will exercise the theoretical aspects of the topics studied by

writing computer programs.

Chemical kinetics and molecular dynamics  (course 128417)

Weekly hours: 3       Credit points: 3

Unimolecular and bimolecular reactions: ART, RRK, RRKM, and Slater theories. Potential surfaces. Monte Carlo calculations. Energy transfer in chemical reactions. Experimental techniques in chemical kinetics and molecular dynamics.

Chemistry of semiconductors (course 127418)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Bulk semiconductors: Procedures and mechanisms of bulk crystal growth. Physical methods for the characterization of electrical, optical, chemical and electronic properties of semiconductors. Epitaxial growth and two dimensional semiconductor structures. Applications of two dimensional crystals. Preparation and characterization of semiconductor nano-particles dispersed in colloidal solution or embedded in solid and transparent media. Superstructures of nano-particles. Optical and magnetic properties of nano-particles. 

Chemistry of porphyrins and metalloporphyrins (course 127107)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Synthesis and biosynthesis of porphyrins and their metal complexes. Electronic structure and spectroscopy of neutral, radical cationic and radical anionic derivatives. Coordination in metalloporphyrins from an inorganic point of view and its biochemical effect. Survey of the biochemical processes involving metalloporphyrin containing proteins and enzymes and their mechanisms.

Crystal structure determination (course 127205)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Crystal systems. Point groups and space groups. X-ray diffraction from crystals, Bragg’s law. Reciprocal space. Unit cell parameters and symmetry. Structure factor. Fourier analysis and the electron density function. The phase problem. Methods for crystal structure determination: patterson methods, isomorphous replacement, direct methods. Crystal structure refinement by lease-squares method. The lectures will be followed by a computer exercise.

Electron dynamics in 2D and quasi 2D conductors and superconductors (course 128006)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Structures and Fermi surfaces-Quantum (dHvA) oscillations of magnetization and chemical potential, Angular dependent cyclotron mass and spin-splitting zeros, Quantum Hall effect, Magnetic breakdown. Graphene-Carbon in two dimensions: Band structure of ideal graphene, Massless Dirac Fermions, Electronic structure of bilayer and multilayer graphene,  Graphene in electric field: Finite ballistic conductivity, Graphene in magnetic field: Landau quantization of massless Dirac fermions, zero energy states and topological protection,  Magneto-quantum oscillations and relativistic quantum Hall effect.

Experimental Methods with Short Laser Pulses (course 127432)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Femtosecond (fs) laser pulses: sources, creation and amplification, pulse characterization (correlation and frog techniques), pulse propagation, optics, pulse shaping; Coherent control using femtosecond pulses; Ultrashort light-matter interaction; Ultrafast laser spectroscopy; Attosecond (sub-fs) pulses.

Experimental methods in surface sciences (course 127433)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Topics: Experimental methods in surface sciences, vacuum technology, electron and ion specroscopies (AEX, XPS, UPS, EELS, HREELS and ISS). Low energy electron diffraction (LEED). Electron, photon and ion stimulated chemical and physical processes on surface (ESP, PSP, ISP). Scanning probe microscopy (SEM, AFM, STM). Mass spectrometry methods for the study of surface processes (TDP). Studies on surface processes.

Group theory (course 128423)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Deformed bosons. Applications: anharmonic vibrations, non-Poissonian photon statistics.

The Hecke algebra. The braid group. Applications to statistical mechanics.  Quantum deformations of Lie algebras: applications to vibration-rotation coupling.  Integrable Hamiltonian systems, the Yang-Baxter equation. Elementary introduction to coalgebras, bialgebras and Hopf algebras. 

Lasers an analytical chemistry (course 127206)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Laser induced fluorescence analysis, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, cavity laser absorption ring down spectroscopy, diode laser detectors,  multiphoton ionization analysis, Raman spectroscopy methods, photoacoustic analysis, lidar, laser ablation ICP-MS, laser mass spectrometry, other laser analytical methods. 

Main group elements in synthetic organic chemistry (course 127728)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Many interesting synthetic organic transformations can be achieved based on the chemistry of main group elements. Nitrogen (hydrazones, chiral sp3 nitrogen, aziridines), phosphorus (chiral trivalent phosphorus, ylides, phosphonates, the use of trivalent phosphorus in the determination of enantiomeric excesses), silicon (creation of carbon-silicon bonds, oxidation, olefination, brook rearrangement), tin (creation of carbon-tin bonds, chirality, cross coupling reaction) and sulfur (thiols, thioethers, thioacetates, sulfoxydes, sulfones, sulfoximines). 

Molecular spectroscopy (course 127405)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Rotational spectroscopy: rotation of linear molecules and symmetric tops, selection rules, hindered rotation. Vibrational spectroscopy: vibration of molecules, rotation-vibration spectra, normal coordinates, symmetry properties and selection rules, the Raman effect, dipole moments, motions in molecular crystals. Electronic states, vibrational structure, selection rules. Photochemical processes.

Molecular orbitals in organic chemistry (course 127710)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Structure: qualitative construction of bond orbitals and molecular orbitals, Walsh diagrams, the molecular orbitals of small molecules, e.g. cyclopropane, cyclobutane, benzene, bond isomerizations in substituted semibulvalanes and similar molecules, barriers to internal rotation, the anomeric effect. Reactivity: frontier orbitals, the PMO treatment of reactivity, soft and hard acids and bases, hyperconjugation, regioselectivity in cycloaddition reactions.

Nuclear magnetic resonance (127406)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Principles of nuclear magnetic resonance. Chemical shifts and spin-spin interactions. Interpretation of spectra. Relaxation and dynamic processes. Density matrix and product operator formalisms. Experimental techniques for measuring one and two dimensional spectra. Solid state nmr. Applications: examples chosen from chemistry and biology. Basic principles of imaging.

Organic and physical chemistry laboratory (course 126902)

Weekly hours: 8 (Project)     Credit points: 3

Laboratory techniques emphasizing independent work. Conducting experiments: thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry chemical kinetics, surface chemistry. Topics in modern organic chemistry: organometallic chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, computational chemistry.

 Organometallic chemistry in organic synthesis (course 127727)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Selected recent achievements in main group organometallic chemistry (such as Li, B, Al, Mg, Cu, Zn) in synthetic organic transformations. Special emphasis on the configurational stability of sp3 organometallic and on the synthesis and reactivity of functionalized organometallic reagents. 

Physical organic chemistry laboratory (course 124910)

Weekly hours:            Credit points:

Advanced training in physical-organic chemistry. Basic training in modern analytical tools and techniques that are relevant to organic chemistry. Introduction to some novel applications of organic chemistry in our daily life. Students will learn how to use Spectrophotometer, spectrofluorimeter, basic and temperature dependent NMR spectroscopy, basic and temperature dependent UV-VIS spectroscopy (absorption emission), basic Infrared spectroscopy (including ATR), liquid crystal cells, function generator, digital oscilloscope, basic programming with LabView, UV crosslinking lamp, DSC 

Physical chemistry of surfaces  (course 127403)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

General properties of surfaces. Thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces. Structure of solid surfaces. Electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces. Interaction of gas molecules with solid surfaces. Chemical adsorption. Physical adsorption. Adsorption isotherms. Properties of the adsorbed layer. Experimental methods in surface studies. Particular studies in surface research will be discussed. 

Photocatalysis (course 127437)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Global challenges and renewable energy, background review of photochemistry, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis, and solid state; photoelectrochemical cells, particle photocatalysis; material challenges, photophysics of nanoparticles, exciton dynamics, semiconductor / metal interface, semiconductor / liquid junction, photo-induced electron-transfer dynamics, classical Marcus theory, relevant experimental techniques, instructed discussion on literature (focus on applications). 

Physical organic chemistry (course 127708)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Ground state and bond energies. Basic principles of physical organic chemistry. The Hammond postulate, reactivity and selectivity microscopic reversibility, reaction profiles and surfaces. Entropy. Linear free energy relationships. Substituent effects and their separation. Isotope effects. Acid and base catalysis. The Bronsted equation. Nucleophilicity. Steric effects. Solvent effects. Analysis of reaction mechanisms using the above criteria. 

Quantum chemistry 2 (127411)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Angular momentum theory, structure of atoms, the L-S coupling scheme, J-J coupling in heavy atoms. Spin: the spin projection operator, the spin of complicated systems, the branching diagram, spatial correlation and spin. Topics in the quantum chemistry of conjugated systems.

Quantum chemistry 3 (127412)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Introduction to scattering theory and its applications to chemistry: potential scattering, elastic and inelastic scattering, reactive scattering. Introduction to the many-body problem and its applications to chemistry: many-body perturbation theory, Feynman diagrams, elementary excitations, Green’s

functions and their applications. Introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics and its applications to chemistry: the Dirac equation, magnetic interactions, relativistic treatment of many electron atoms. 

Resonance phenomena in nature (course 127435)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Quantum description of decaying meta-stable states with applications in physics, chemistry, and engineering: a survey of resonance phenomena in physics, chemistry and engineering. feshback type resonances and shape type resonance, methods for observing resonance in Hamiltonian quantum mechanics, non-Hermitian quantum mechanics, analytic continuation of the Hamiltonian and complex scaling methods, the advantages of studying resonances by non-Hermitian quantum mechanics. computational methods and algorithms for evaluating resonance energies and lifetime. Applications of non-~Hamiltonian quantum mechanics to the study of resonances in atomic, molecular and laser driven systems. Applications to the transmission light through optical waveguides. Applications of the theory to different fields of natural sciences. 

Retrosynthetic analysis (128718)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Rational analysis of complex synthetic problems, basic concepts of retrosynthetic analysis and the general strategies for generation of possible synthetic pathways by systematic reduction of molecular complexity. Applications will be provided through synthesis of natural products. 

Solid State Chemistry (course 127427)

Weekly hours: 2 +1   Credit points: 3.5

Crystal lattices, diffraction from a lattice, reciprocal lattice. Drude model of conduction in metals – electrical end thermal Conductivity, Sommerfeld correction – ideal Fermi gas, electronic heat capacity. Quantum theory of conduction – Bloch’s theorem, energy bands, electrons and holes, effective mass, Fermi surface, electron dynamics in a magnetic field,  band structures of semiconductors – the intrinsic state, statistics of charge carriers, impurity levels, optical properties – excitons, lattice dynamics-phonons, heat capacity, optical properties of ionic crystals.

Surface chemistry (course 127403)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

General properties of surfaces. Thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces. 
Structure of solid surfaces. Electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces. 
Interaction of gas molecules with solid surfaces. Chemical adsorption. 
Physical adsorption. Adsorption isotherms. Properties of the adsorbed layer. 
Experimental methods in surface studies. Particular studies in surface research 
will be discussed.

Surface dynamics, diffusion and friction (course 127434)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Topics: Fick’s law, Brownian motion, Langevin equation, correlation functions and inelastic scattering, isolated diffusion mechanisms on surfaces, Collective diffusion processes on surfaces, surface vibrations, analytic and computational approaches to calculating hopping rates. The role of friction in microscopic surface dynamics. Measurements of surface motion using optical and electron spectroscopy, scattering tunneling microscopic, field ion microscopy, neutron scattering atomic and molecular scattering and thermal desorption. Measuring non-equilibrium surface dynamics.

Stereochemistry (course 127707)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Determination of structure: constitution, configuration, conformation, molecular models. Stereoisomers: chirality, enantiomers, diastereomers. Symmetry: symmetry elements, symmetry point groups, symmetry operators, average symmetry, symmetry and molecular properties. Configuration: relative and absolute configuration, methods for the determination of absolute configuration. Separation of stereoisomers: resolution and racemization. Prostereoisomerism and prochirality. Chiroptical properties. Chirality of molecules devoid chiral centers.

 Stereoselective synthesis (course 127729)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

This course will highlight all aspects of stereochemical principles and their application to a variety of asymmetric processes. Following an introduction on the general aspects of determining absolute and relative configuration, the diastereoselective and/or enantioselective formation of carbon-carbon, carbon-hydrogen, carbon-oxygen and carbon-nitrogen bonds, will be discussed.

Structure determination by physical methods (course 127730)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Structure determination of organic compounds using modern spectroscopic methods. Emphasis will be given to NMR methods, MS, UV, IR and chiroptical methods.

Selected topics in homogeneous catalysis (course 127735)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

The purpose of this course is to teach students the broad and unique applications of transition metal complexes in homogeneous catalysis. Catalyst design and mechanistic aspects of studied processes are discussed. Also, application of the studied catalytic processes in industry and in modern organic synthesis is emphasized. Functionalization of multiple C-C bonds: hydrogenation, hydrosililation, hydrocyanation (including DuPont adiponitrile synthesis); reactions with ROH (including Wacker process), reactions with amines. Catalytic reactions involving CO: carbonylation of double bonds (including hydroformylation), triple bonds, aryls, alcohols (including  Monsanto acetic acid synthesis). C-C and C-heteroatom coupling reactions: Cumada, Negishi, Suzuki, Stille, Hiyama, Heck, Sonogashira, Hartwig-Buchwald. Double bond metathesis and its applications in synthesis. Enantioselective catalytic versions of the relevant studied processes are specially discussed. Principles of kinetic and dynamic kinetic resolutions will be exemplified.

Selected Topics in Biomimetic Chemistry (course 127739)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Biomimetic self-assembled structures. Helicates, and helical assembly. Foldamers research including design, synthesis, characterization methods, foldamers types such as peptidomimetics, solvophobic interactions, metallofoldamers, and applications. Bio-inspired synthesis and organization of nanostructures and nanoparticles. Principles of cooperativity in biomimetic systems. Molecular machines. Biomimetic catalysis.

Structural biology (course 126304)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Principles, methods and innovations in structural biology: the basis of macromoleculations structure, methods of structure determination, X-ray and electron diffraction, EM, NMR, spectroscopic methods. The relationship between structure and function. Selected topics in structural biology.

Selected topics in biomimetic chemistry (course 127739)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Biomimetic self assembled structures, helicates and helical assembly. Foldamers research including design, synthesis, characterization methods, foldamer types (i.e., peptidomimetics), solvophobic interactions, metallofoldamers and applications. Bio-inspired synthesis and organization of nanostructures and nanoparticles. Principles of cooperativity in biomimetic systems. molecular machines. Biomimetic catalysis.

Selected Chapters in Structural Biology (course 128716)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

The principles, methods and current issues in the field of structural biology: The chemical basis of the structure of macromolecules, protein folding, techniques in structure determination x-ray, electron and neutron diffraction methods, time resolved crystallography, NMR, spectroscopic and immunological methods. Complex formation. Structure/function relationships.

Thermodynamics of small systems (course 127436)

Weekly hours: 2         Credit points: 2

Statistical mechanics, erogodic assumption, ensembles, entropy, detailed balance, fluctuations. nonequilibrium systems: Langevin and Fokker-Planck equations, jump processes and the master equation. stochastic pumps, thermal ratchets, network theory for steady states. Entropy production. Fluctuation theorems. Jarzynski and crooks relations. Simple models of molecular machines. Small systems thermo- dynamics, stall force, efficiency at maximum output.

Total synthesis of natural products (course 127737)

Weekly hours: 3         Credit points: 3

Planning the synthesis of complex molecules, and practical synthetic methods in research. Development of new methods, model studies, chemoselectivity, protecting groups, macrocyclic stereocontrol, radical, cationic and electrocyclic cascade reactions. Drug production and discovery in biology and medicine.