University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Killam Centre for Advanced Studies, 2-29 Triffo Hall
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E1


Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Chemistry, General
Description The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, both requiring course work and thesis research. In addition to the four traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, the Department also offers special PhD programs in chemical biology and chemical physics. The Department provides an outstanding research environment. More than 220 graduate students, plus postdoctoral fellows and research associates, are engaged in various research programs. The Department is among the best equipped and best funded in the nation and has a faculty renowned for their excellence in teaching and research.
Website: Chemistry at University of Alberta - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Areas of Research: Analytical: Separation science, including gas chromatography, two-dimensional gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis; chemometrics; scanning probe microscopies such as atomic force, chemical force, and tunneling methods for the characterization of surfaces, biocompatible materials, protein adsorption, nano-wires, nano-sensors, and nano-arrays; microfluidic systems for Lab on a chip applications; mass spectrometry for biochemical analysis, Proteomics and metabolomics, utilizing MALDI and electrospray methods; molecular biology applied to developing fluorescent protein-based biosensors for live cell microscopy of biochemical processes; optical and vibrational biomolecular spectroscopic methods and instrumentation development involving laser spectroscopy methods; electrochemical methods and surface modification techniques; surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy of confined materials; thin films and nanoparticles for biomolecule sensing. Inorganic: Organometallic chemistry of transition metals and f-elements; synthesis and reactions of bimetallic and metallocyclic compounds; metal-metal cooperativity effects; carbon-hydrogen bond activation; asymmetric catalysis; polymer-bound catalysts; rapid catalyst screening; chiral surfaces and electrodes; hydrogen, alkane and methanol fuel cells; inorganic materials, structures, bonding, electrical and magnetic properties; intermetallics and alloys; zintl phases; synthesis of rare-earth and transition-metal pnictides; template-directed synthesis; materials characterization; inorganic/polymer nanocomposites; synthesis of nanoparticles; molecular electronic devices; synthesis and characterization of nanostructured optoelectronic materials; synthesis of metal-based electroluminescent materials; light-emitting diodes; main group chemistry; inorganic polymers; hydrogen storage; ultra-hard ceramic coatings; Lewis acidic macrocycles; sensing technologies; inorganic multiple bonds; ligand design. Organic: Structural and synthetic studies on natural products; degradation of natural products; heterocyclic chemistry; mono- and di saccharides; glycobiology, bioorganic chemistry, fluorescent probes, protein engineering; organometallic chemistry; reactive intermediates (ylides, carbenes, nitrenes); organic photochemistry; acetylenes; allenes; free radicals; synthesis and conformational studies of oligosaccharides with an emphasis on the application of NMR and molecular modelling; biomedically significant protein-oligosaccharide interactions; structure-activity correlations of antibiotics; development of new synthetic methodology and the synthesis of complex natural products with important biological properties; asymmetric catalysis; the invention of new reagents; mechanism and stereochemistry of enzymatic reactions; conjugated molecules; nanostructures; self-assembly and molecular recognition; organic, electronic and photonic materials; sensor arrays; combinatorial chemistry; bioconjugate chemistry and drug delivery; chemical biology; solid-phase organic synthesis; organoboron chemistry; design synthesis and characterization of unnatural biopolymers. Physical: Mass spectrometry; chemistry of biologically relevant molecules in the gas phase; NMR spectroscopy; application of modern multinuclear NMR techniques to study molecular structure and dynamics of solid materials; biophysical chemistry involving NMR studies of peptide structure; DNA photo-damage; laser Raman spectroscopy, ultrafast molecular dynamics; nonlinear optical spectroscopy of the solid/liquid interface, structure/function studies of interfacial molecular recognition, green catalysis, and sensors; cavity ring down spectroscopy, chirality and chiral recognition; rotational and vibrational cluster spectroscopy; helium nanodroplet spectroscopy; computational and theoretical chemistry: study of the quantum dynamics; of systems of interest in physical chemistry; radiation-matter interactions; photodissociation dynamics; laser control; study of molecular structure and properties of molecules in excited states; mixed quantum-classical dynamics of condensed phase systems; theory and simulation of activated rate processes; vibrational energy relaxation; modeling of multidimensional spectra; development of basis sets; pseudopotential methods; electron correlation and relativistic effects; computational design and modeling of anti-cancer drugs.
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 75
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
During the application process, you will be required to provide the following information: - Transcripts: one official copy from each post-secondary institution you have attended - Statement of purpose/intent: (1 to 3 pages in length) that describes your interests and goals in chemistry. - Up to date CV/resume Word - The names of three (3) U of A Chemistry faculty members whose area of research are of interest to you. - Letters of reference - We require three (3) letters of reference to support your application for graduate admission. They should be written by persons who are familiar with your Chemistry background and who are providing support for your application. You will be required to list the names and email addresses of the referees. They will receive an automatic email instructing them how to submit their letter of reference online.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: July 18, 2015