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AY16/17 Module Listing

will be offered

not offered

S/N Code
1 CM1111

Inorganic Chemistry 1

2 CM1121

Organic Chemistry 1

3 CM1131

Physical Chemistry 1

4 CM1191
5 CM1401

6 CM1402

7 CM1501

Module Description




Sem I

Sem II

'A' level or H2 pass in

Chemistry or equivalent

Asst Prof Rowan Young

'A' level or H2 pass in

Chemistry or equivalent or

CM1501 or CM1503


Equations of state of ideal and real gases, intermolecular forces; kinetic theory of gases; first law of thermodynamics; enthalpy;
'A' level or H2 pass in
thermochemistry; the second law; entropy; Helmholtz and Gibbs functions; the third law; rates of chemical reactions;
Chemistry or equivalent
accounting for the rate laws - reaction mechanisms; effect of temperature on reaction rate; theories of reaction rates.


This is a module designed for chemistry majors and deals with laboratory experiments on selected topics of basic chemistry
principles and theoretical contents primarily selected from the modules CM1111, CM1121 and CM1131.


CM1121 or CM1402 or




CM1121, CM1503


'A' level or H2 pass in

Chemistry or equivalent or

Chemistry majors,
CM1502FC or CM1502X



Basic concepts of acids and bases, and periodicity and chemistry of most main group elements are covered in this module
Topics include Bronsted and Lewis acids and bases, hard and soft acid- base concept, and group trends and general
properties of metals and non-metals
This module covers the characteristic properties, methods of preparation, and reactions of alkanes/cycloalkanes, alkenes
alkynes, benzene and other aromatic compounds, alkyl halides; alcohols; ethers; epoxides, phenols, aldehydes and ketones;
carboxylic acids and their derivatives; amines

H2/A-level Chemistry or its

Experiments in Chemistry 1
equivalent or by permission
GCE 'A' level or H2 pass in
This is a chemistry module catered for Life Sciences students and deals primarily with the basic principles to understand the
Chemistry or equivalent or
Chemistry for Life Sciences
structure and reactivity of organic molecules, towards the syntheses of functional molecules and basic analytical techniques.
GCE A level or H2 pass in
This is a chemistry module designed for non-chemistry majors and deals primarily with basic principles of structure and
chemistry or equivalent or
General Chemistry
bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, basic analytical techniques, properties and reactions of organic functional groups and
chemistry of main group elements
A' level or H2 pass in
Aliphatic hydrocarbons. Stereochemistry. Alkyl halides. Alcohols. Ethers and epoxides. Aldehydes and ketones. Carboxyli
or equivalent
Organic Chemistry for Engineers acids and derivatives. Aromatic hydrocarbons. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Amines and diazonium compounds.
or CM1417
Macromolecules. Principles of spectroscopy

8 CM1502

This module introduces some basic principles of general and physical chemistry to engineering students. Topics covered
include atomic and molecular structures, spectroscopies and their applications, bonding and interactions in interfaces and
General & Physical Chemistry for
materials, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, common molecules and their transformations especially in chemical and
pharmaceutical industries. The purpose is to provide engineering students the foundations in important concepts and
principles of chemistry, with an emphasis on practical applications in engineering and technology.

9 CM2101

Phycial Chemistry 2

In this course, the basic ideas and applications of various types of spectroscopy will be taught in a concerted manner, with
discussions on some basic applications of these techniques. Topics discussed include microwave spectroscopy, infrared
spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electronic spectroscopy, electron and nuclear spin resonance spectroscopy. The
fundamental principles such as energy quantization, rigid rotors and harmonic oscillators are discussed, the techniques and
instrumentation are studied, and the practical applications are emphasized

CM1131 or CM1401 or by
Dept. approval

10 CM2111

Inorganic Chemistry 2

Structure and properties of solids; coordination chemistry: nomenclature, stability constants and isomerism.


11 CM2121

Organic Chemistry 2

Functional group transformation; disconnection approach to synthesis; synthesis of polyfunctional organic molecules,
stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms.

CM1121 or by Dept.

12 CM2142

Analytical Chemistry 1

Introduction to data treatment and analysis; discussion on sample treatment and extraction, and sample preparation
techniques, separation science, electrochemistry. Topics covered will be selected from: liquid extraction and solid phase
extraction, some novel extraction technologies; comparison of traditional and modern extraction procedures; introduction to
chromatography, with special emphasis on planar chromatography; introduction to electroanalytical methods.

CM1131 or FST1101 or
CM1401 or by Dept. Approval

13 CM2191

Experiments in Chemistry 2

This is a module designed for chemistry majors and deals with laboratory experiments on selected topics of inorganic and
organic chemistry from the modules CM2111 and CM2121.

CM1191 or by Dept. Approval -

14 CM2192 ExperimentsinChemistry3

This is a module designed for chemistry majors and deals with laboratory experiments on selected topics of physical and
analytical chemistry from the modules CM2101 and CM2142.

CM1191 or by Dept. Approval

15 SP2251

Science at the Nanoscale

Many topics debated in nanoscience are frontier and futuristic, although some have immediate technological applications. The
fundamental scientific principles of all nanotechnology applications, however, are grounded in basic physics and chemistry. PC1144 Physics IV or
This module thus aims to illustrate and discuss the physics and chemistry that are operative at the nanoscale. Students will bePC1432 Physics IIE or
introduced to some fundamental principles of physics and chemistry important to the nanoscale and learn to appreciate what CM1131 Physical Chemistry 1 the world is like when things are shrunk to this scale. They will also learn about some basic physical tools that can be used to or PC1321/GEK1509
explore structures at this length scale. On completion of this module, students will learn to appreciate the linkages between theIntroduction to Nanoworld
fundamental sciences and practical applications in nanotechnology.

16 CM2288
17 CM2289

Basic UROPS In Chemistry I

Basic UROPS In Chemistry II

18 CM3201

19 CM3212

20 CM3221

Please see the chapter on UROPS in the NUS Bulletin.

Please see the chapter on UROPS in the NUS Bulletin.
This module is an introduction to the Chemical Industry and related process industries like the Food Processing Industry
Pharmaceutical Industry, or Petroleum Refining.
It covers process analysis and mass and energy balances of simple and complex systems, including recycle and purge
Principles of Chemical Processes
streams. Systems without and with chemical transformations will be treated in batch and as steady state flow processes.
Certain aspects of thermal processes (e.g., heat transfer and separation by distillation) will be treated in more depth this
This module covers the chemistry of d-block and f-block metals. An introduction to observed trend in physical and chemica
properties of d-block transition metal complexes will be given. A comprehensive discussion on their electronic structures and
Transition Metal Chemistry
spectra follows. Magnetic property, ligand substitution and redox reaction of these metal complexes will be illustrated. The fblock metals will be introduced leading to a discussion of the optical spectra of their complexes. Introduction to inorganic
supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering and solid state chemistry will be covered
Organic Synthesis: The
Disconnection Approach


Teaching Staff






CM1131, CM2101 and


CM1161 and CM2161




This module covers the application of retrosynthetic analysis and various methodologies in chemical synthesis. The topics
include C-X disconnection (one-group or two-group), one-group C-C disconnection, two-group C-C disconnection (1,3-, 1,5-, CM2121
1,2- 1,4-difunctional compounds), amine synthesis, alkene synthesis and aromatic and saturated heterocycle synthesis.


21 CM3222

Organic Reaction Mechanisms

This module covers the study of a selected series of organic reactions involving reactive intermediates and/or molecular
rearrangements. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of their reaction mechanisms. These will include rearrangement
reactions involving carbocations and carbenes as intermediates. Stereoelectronic properties leading to fragmentation reaction CM2121
will be introduced. Reactions initiated by radicals will be covered. Comprehensive discussions on rules and stereochemical
consequences in pericyclic reactions will be given. The synthetic applications of all the above reactions will be illustrated.


22 CM3225


An introduction on the four major classes of biomolecules in life: nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids will be
given. The bioorganic aspects of these molecules, e.g. how proteins behaves, how DNAs are damaged and repaired, how
enzymes catalyze chemical transformations, and how drugs are developed, will be discussed. Fundamentals in biochemistry CM2121
and physical methods for bioorganic chemistry will be introduced. Basic concepts in how to synthesize biologically active
compounds in drug discovery through combinatorial chemistry will be introduced


23 CM3231

Quantum Chem & Molecular


Duality of matter and the Heisenberg principle; Schrodinger equation of simple systems; postulates of quantum mechanics;
symmetry elements and operators; probability; order and disorder; statistical interpretation of entropy and the Boltzmann
equation; Boltzmann distribution and the partition function for an ideal gas; thermodynamic functions for ideal gases.


24 CM3232
25 CM3242


Physical Chem of the Solid State Solid state chemistry-crystal structures, defects. Elements of surface chemistry; crystal structure and crystal growth; interfaces
and Interfaces
of liquid-gas, liquid-liquid, solid-gas, and solid-liquid.
Advanced electrochemical methods; gas chromatography and liquid chromatography; other contemporary analytica
procedures selected from: use of microwaves, sub- and supercritical fluids in extractions, micro-scale extraction, high-pressureCM2142 or CM 2166
Instrumental Analysis II
solvent extraction, etc.; thermometric methods; automation of analytical procedures



26 CM3251


This multidisciplinary module provides an in-depth view of the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanostructures
using chemical routes. Necessarily, it will incorporate various concepts from colloidal chemistry, supramolecular chemistry,
polymer chemistry and electrochemistry, etc. The application of these concepts in nanoscale synthesis will be emphasized an SP2251
presented in a cohesive manner. The module also highlights the applications of nanostructures such as quantum dots,
nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires, etc. in the areas of biosensors, bioimaging, LEDs and photonic crystals, etc.


27 CM3252

Polymer Chemistry 1

Polymer science is the study of plastic materials of everyday life and the development of new materials that meet technologic
needs. This module covers classification and synthesis of polymers by different polymerization techniques; copolymerization
reactions and industrial polymers. Physical properties of polymers both in the solid state and in solution will also be discussed.CM1131 and CM2121
Knowledge in laboratory techniques in polymerization, determination of molecular weight and stability and spectroscopic
studies will be introduced.

CM2264, CM3262,
CM3265, CM3266


28 CM3253

Material Chemistry 1

Fundamentals of solid state chemistry will first cover the primary and secondary types of bonding in solids followed by lattice
energy in ionic solids. Crystalline solids and their crystal structure will be studied. Metals, insulators and semiconductors will be
CM1131 and CM2111
distinguished using the band theory of solids. Defects occur in crystals ? point, line and surface ? and their effects on
properties of solid materials will be explained. Factors affecting crystallization and glass formation, and different components of
glasses and their uses will be discussed. Formation of different types of glasses and their applications will be highlighted.

CM2263 and CM3262


29 CM3261

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental terms and concepts; scope of environmental chemistry; the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere; soil,
water and air pollution; chemical toxicology; methods of environmental analysis and monitoring; global environmental
problems; natural resources and energy; environmental management; risk assessment.

CM3241 or CM2142 or
CM2166 or by permission


30 CM3288

Advanced UROPS in Chemistry I Please see the chapter on UROPS in the NUS Bulletin.

31 CM3289

Advanced UROPS in Chemistry II Please see the chapter on UROPS in the NUS Bulletin.

32 CM3291

Advanced Experiments in
Laboratory work in Inorganic and Organic chemistry. This module is a major requirement for Chemistry students.
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

CM2111, CM2121 and


33 CM3292

Advanced Experiments in
Laboratory work in Analytical and Physical Chemistry. This module is a major requirement for Chemistry students.
Analytical and Physical Chemistry

CM2101, CM2142 and


34 CM3295

Selected Experiments in
Analytical Chemistry


Offered to students taking

Minor in Analytical Chemistry



Fulfilment of 100MCs or more

with a CAP of 3.20 and above


Fulfilment of 100MCs or more

CM4199A, CM4199B
with a CAP of 3.20 and above


35 CM3296

Molecular Modelling: Theory &


36 CM3301

Advanced Forensic Science



Honours Project in Chemistry

38 CM4299

Applied Project in Chemistry

39 CM4201

Directed Independent Study in

Modern Chemistry

Laboratory work in Analytical Restriction: This module is offered only to students taking Minor in Analytical Chemistry.

Fundamental concepts of molecular modelling; survey of computational methods; molecular mechanics and force fields
empirical and semi-empirical methods; Ab initio theory; basis sets; electron correlation methods; density functional theory;
chemical visualization and graphics models; qualitative molecular orbital theory; potential energy surfaces and minimization'
molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo simulations; calculation of molecular properties (IR, UV, NMR and electron density
distribution); use of molecular modelling software (Spartan and Gaussian); applications of modelling to chemical problems,
modelling biomolecules: conformational analysis, QSAR, docking, ligand design
This module covers forensic identification, criminalistics, DNA profiling, narcotics and toxicology. Topics on forensi
identification and criminalistics includes crime scene investigation, nature of physical evidence, characteristics of evidence, an
in-depth study of glass and fibre as sources of evidence in criminalistics investigations. For DNA profiling, this module would
focus on screening methods for biological materials, the various instrumentation platforms and the application of forensic DNAGEK1542
in Singapore crime cases. In narcotics, the topics covered include forensic drug analysis and legislation, clandestine drug
manufacturing, drug metabolism and analysis of urine for drug abuse. For toxicology, an in-depth study of toxicological
analysis will be covered

The student pursuing this module are expected to work under the direction of one of the faculty members of the Department
For M.Sc Coursework
of Chemistry. The students will conduct independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of the
students only
faculty member. The course grade is usually based on a written report and two seminars covering the research.


40 CM4212

Advanced Organometallic

The student will acquire an understanding of the various classes of organometallic compounds, the nature of their bonding,
synthetic methodology and characterisation techniques, the principles of homogeneous catalysis, the catalytic cycles and the
mechanisms of the different catalytic processes of transition metals, and use of the isolobal analogy. Topics covered include ?complexes; ?-complexes; clusters and metal-metal bonding; Wade-Mingos rules for e-counting, isolobal relationships.
CM3211 or CM3212
Reactions of organometallic compounds - ligand substitution, coordinative, addition/ligand dissociation, oxidative
addition/reductive elimination, insertion)/deinsertion, nucleophilic addition and abstraction, electrophilic reactions. Synthetic
applications - metal alkyls & hydrides, insertions, protection/deprotection and activation, coupling and cyclization reactions.
Homogeneous catalysis. The module is directed towards students majoring in chemistry and related disciplines.

41 CM4214

Structural Methods in Inorganic


This module covers the commonly used methods to determine the structure of inorganic and organometallic compounds
including symmetry operators, point groups and irreducible representations; Raman or IR active vibrational modes; the
principles and theories of single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction techniques; assessment of quality of published crystal
structures; NMR as a powerful diagnostic tool to determine structures and fluxional mechanisms. High resolution mass
spectrometry, electron paramagnetic resonance and Mossbauer spectroscopy may be introduced

42 CM4215

Bioinorganic Chemistry

The students will learn the basic concepts of modern bioinorganic chemistry including the mechanisms of reactions catalyzed
by metalloproteins, spectroscopic and electronic properties of metal sites, and kinetics of electron transfer in proteins. This
CM3211 or CM3212 or
module covers major areas in modern bioinorganic chemistry including synthetic model compounds for metal sites of
metalloproteins, basic protein chemistry, biological electron transfer; hydrolytic enzymes, oxygen transporters; oxygen reactingCM3268
proteins such as monooxygenase, peroxidase, catalase and superoxide dismutase; physical methods in bioinorganic
chemistry. The module is directed towards students majoring in chemistry and related disciplines.

43 CM4225

Organic Spectroscopy

44 CM4227

Chemical Biology

45 CM4228


This module covers the principles and characteristics of heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. Reaction
cycles are analysed at the molecular level, and a microkinetic approach is used to describe the processes. Selected industrial CM2121
processes and commercial devices are discussed to illustrate practical applications of the studied topics.


46 CM4238

Selected Topics in Physical


Several topics highlighting physical chemistry principles such as thermodynamics, spectroscopy, kinetics and quantum
chemistry will be covered. In photochemistry, kinetics and quantum chemistry are used to illustrate how quantization and
energy level interactions lead to different radiative processes and rates of excited and ground state reactions. The use of
spectroscopy yields the precise determination of reaction rates. In the chemistry of liquids, thermodynamics will be heavily
featured in describing intermolecular potentials in liquids and colloids. In biophysical chemistry, the thermodynamics and
kinetics of biomolecules together with spectroscopic techniques used to determine their interactions will also be included.

CM4236 or CM4237


47 CM4241

Trace Analysis

At the end of this module, you should be able to identify the major sources of errors in trace analysis, understand the
advantages and limitations of sample preparation and detection techniques, and be able to design a suitable method for the
analysis of a given sample by taking into account the sample matrix, properties and concentration. Topics discussed include
CM3242 or by permission
analysis at trace levels: general considerations and principles, sampling, sample preparation and sample pretreatment;
selected advanced techniques of extraction and detection, applications in environmental, biomedical, etc. analyses;
chemosensors and biosensors. The module is directed towards students majoring in chemistry and related disciplines.


48 CM4242

This module is aimed at the principles and applications of advanced analytical techniques. The student will gain familiarity with
the fundamental principles, instrumentation aspects as well as analytical applications of modern separation techniques as well
as advances in microscopy and mass spectrometry. Topics discussed are selected from capillary electrophoresis and related
CM3242 or by permission
Advanced Analytical Techniques
techniques, hyphenated techniques involving gas chromatography and liquid chromatography, etc., with a focus on qualitative
analysis; multidimensional chromatography; current advances in microscopy, mass spectrometry, etc., including applications.
The module is directed towards students majoring in chemistry and related disciplines.


49 CM4251

Characterization Techniques in
Materials Chemistry

Preparation and characterization of materials form crucial and vital aspects of materials research. Highly develope
instruments are now available to apply an interdisciplinary study to understand the structure-property relationship. This module
CM3252 and CM3253
provides undergraduates an introduction to modern materials characterization techniques which comprise surface analysis
techniques, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, thermal analyses, mechanical tastings and spectroscopies


50 CM4252

Polymer Chemistry 2

This module prepares the students for the polymer related industry. It covers the chemistry of polymer degradation under the
influence of heat, oxygen and UV light and ways of retardation. The science and technology of elastomers or rubber like
polymeric materials will be discussed and compared to solid plastics. The synthesis, properties and applications of
contemporary engineering and specialty polymers and the role of additives in plastics will also be discussed.

CM4264, CM4265,
CM4266, CM4268


51 CM4253

Materials Chemistry 2



52 CM4254

Chemistry of Semiconductors



53 CM4258

Advanced Polymer Science



54 CM4269

The module covers:(i) introduction: origin, current status and future of green chemistry;(ii) concept of sustainability;(iii)
environmental fate of chemicals;(iv) metrics for environmental risk evaluation of chemicals;(v) elements of green
CM1121 and CM1131 and
chemistry;(vi) energy balance in chemical reactions and separation processes;(vii) selectivity and yield improvements in
Sustainable and Green Chemistry
chemical processes via statistical methods;(viii) fundamentals of industrial waste treatment;(ix) environmental consequences (CM2121 or CM2101)
of burning fossil fuels for generation of energy;(x) renewable sources of fuels and chemical feedstocks;(xi) energy future
beyond carbon; and(xii) advanced green chemistry techniques and process intensification


CM3211 or CM3212

This module covers modern methods used in structure determination of organic compounds. Topics include mass
spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The main focuses of this module CM2121
are two-dimensional NMR techniques and their applications in the determination of stereochemistry
This module provides an overall view on an emerging new discipline that blends chemistry with many fields of biology t
unravel the complexities of life at the interface of chemistry and biology. This course illustrates how biological processes are CM1121 or CM1401 and
LSM1101 or LSM1401
explained in chemical terms. The key objective is to highlight the basic principles of chemical biology to show its important
linkages to life sciences


This module aims to discuss important contemporary topics in the field of materials chemistry, e.g. nanostructured materials
hybrid composites, and polymeric materials as active components in electronic applications. Self-assembly of monolayers on
metal surfaces and semiconductors, and other nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, grapheme) will be covered.
Material synthesis, processability in device matrix and stability will be emphasized, together with structure performance
relationship. Formal teaching may be accompanied by presentations and case studies delivered by selected Industry
An understanding of dimensional dependence of energy levels, Fermi energy, and band gap in crystals form the basis fo
learning newly developed devices and applications in transistors, solar cells, etc. The principles of device operation and
fabrication will be introduced in relation to electrical and structural properties of Silicon, GaAs and the operation of p-n
junctions and transistors. Chemistry in the fabrication of integrated circuits from growth of single crystals, photolithography,
etching, dielectric deposition to packaging of circuit, and electrochemistry of semiconductors, charge transfer across
electrolyte-semiconductor interface, band bending and Mott Schottky analysis will be covered
This module will be focused on some advanced topics which are not covered in basic polymer science. The topics include: (1
new polymerization methods (e.g. controlled radical polymerization, metallocene polymerization and olefin metathesis
polymerization); (2) block copolymers and their applications; (3) dendritic macromolecules; (4) naturally occurring polymers CM3252
and biopolymers; (5) inorganic and organometallic polymers; (6) supramolecular polymers and smart polymers; (7) conducting
polymers and their applications







55 CM4271

56 CM4273

57 CM4274

58 CM4282

59 CM5100

60 CM5161

This module builds on the module Biomolecules (CM3225) as well as Organic Chemistry (CM2121). A major focus will be
directed towards the identification and chemical optimization of drug molecules. It will be accompanied by presentations and
case studies delivered by selected researchers from Pharmaceutical Industry. The following aspects will be covered: 1) The
CM2121 and CM3225
Medicinal Chemistry
role of the chemist in the drug discovery process 2) Target Selection 3) Selection of chemical starting points via virtual
screening techniques 4) Design of compound libraries 5) Translation of ADME-Tox data into new chemical entities 6)
Intellectual property for medicinal chemists The module is suited for advanced students majoring in chemistry or applied
This module introduces modern computational methods used in drug discovery and drug development. It covers topics such
as drug design process, structure and ligand based drug design, molecular mechanics methods, homology model, molecular
Computational Drug Design
CM3221 or CM3222
docking, pharmacophore models, quantitative structure-reactivity relationship (QSAR), de novo ligand design, quantum
mechanics techniques, cheminformatics, database search tools, and virtual screening. Hands-on experience in using
computational software and visualization tools will be provided
This module comprises of a study of the total synthesis of useful functional molecules. Both general and advanced strategie
The Art and Methodology in Total
are covered. Concepts of the classical multistep and the greener cascade sequences are explored. The concepts and
strategies are illustrated with classical and modern examples
This module comprises of a physico-chemical study of the energy resources and the environmental and economic implications
of their exploitation. Following the history of energy consumption, the current situation is summarized, and the implications of
Energy Resources
the continuation of the status quo identified. Concepts of fitness for purpose, and environmental and economic sustainability CM1131 and CM1111
are explored. Key technologies areas cover generation, use efficiency, and storage and transmission. These are illustrated wi
quantitative case studies
Students will have a chance to work with the department staff on a project proposed by the staff on a particular area. Part-timeFor M.Sc. Coursework
M.Sc. Project
students only
student will be allowed more time to complete the project
This multidisciplinary module provides a broad coverage on safety-related issues in our laboratories. The main objective of th
module is to introduce potential hazards and various safety measures which can be adopted to prevent accidents or personal
For Research Graduate
Advanced Chemical Laboratory
injuries. Topics such as personal protection, safe handling and disposal of various chemicals, standard operating procedures,
students only
risk assessment, emergency measures and first aid practices will be introduced. Legislation and laws pertaining to workplace

61 CM5198

Graduate Seminar Module

62 CM5211

Contemporary Organometallic

63 CM5212

64 CM5221

65 CM5224

66 CM5225

67 CM5237

68 CM5241

69 CM5244

70 CM5245

71 CM5262

72 CM5268

safety will also be discussed

To provide graduate students an opportunity to deliver seminars. This module is designed to help them to improve their skills
For Research Graduate
presentation as well as to give them a broader understanding of Chemistry. This will encourage them to look beyond their
students only
discipline and help them become more holistic scientists
Principles and applications of organometallic compounds: synthesis, reactivity and structural aspects.

CM4212 or by permission

This module provides the basic understanding of intermolecular interactions in the context of crystal packing and how to utilize
Crystal Engineering
these weak supramolecular interations in the design of new solids with desired physical and chemical properties. Hence this isCM4214 or by permission
an interdisciplinary subject which encompasses physics, chemistry, materials and pharmaceuticals
Biomimetic reactions, the application of organometallics to organic synthesis, synthesis of complex molecules, and othe
Advanced Organic Synthesis
emerging areas in organic synthesis. Students will be required to write a proposal and a review on any topic related to organicCM4222 or by permission
This module introduces several contemporary topics and emerging concepts in medicinal chemistry and the drug discovery
Emerging Concepts in Drug Discovprocess. The latest ideas in lead discovery, lead optimization and assay development will be discussed. Industry case studies By permission
will be presented by guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry
This module builds on the principles and concepts introduced in CM4228. It addresses the major concepts in asymmetric
catalysis. To module will introduce students to enantiomeric purity, absolute stereochemistry and resolution. In addition, it will CM4228 Catalysis or by
Asymmetric Catalysis
concentrate on chiral pool and chiral auxilaries, chiral reagents and chiral catalysis, substrate control and asymmetric
This module will provide essential knowledge of fundamental photon-molecule interactions and novel laser based technique
that are important for frontier research. Topics include: organic photophysics and photochemistry, laser fundamentals, linear
Advanced Optical Spectroscopy
By permission
and nonlinear optical spectroscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, fluorescence and Raman
and Imaging
microscopy, femtochemistry, laser reaction control and optical manipulation, laser applications in biochemistry and medicine,
optical properties of novel materials and some optoeletronic applications
Sample preparation, including miniaturised procedures of extraction; advanced coupled chromatography/mass spectrometry
advanced mass spectrometric techniques. Capillary electrophoresis: different modes of capillary electrophoresis, injection
Modern Analytical Techniques
CM4242 or by permission
techniques, detection techniques and column technology. Scanning probe microscopy: scanning tunneling microscopy,
atomic force microscopy, scanning electrochemical microscopy and scanning near-field optical microscopy. Determination of
crystal and molecular structures by single crystal x-ray diffraction techniques
This is an elective analytical chemistry module which aims to give students a working knowledge of environmental chemistry
the industrial and regulatory environment, including specific knowledge of modern topics concerning air, water and land
Topics in Environmental
By permission
pollutions. After reading this module, students will have an understanding of analytical methods employed for analyses of
different types of environmental samples, knowledge on proper environmental sampling methodologies and adapt existing
procedures and regulations in environmental problem-solving
This is an elective analytical module which addresses the basics in the latest bioanalytical techniques and thise which are ju
emerging. It is aimed at students who are interested in the applications of modern analytical techniques for bioanalytical
Bioanalytical Chemistry
research and development. The module will acquaint students with background knowledge of advanced and specialized
bioanalytical techniques, with elaboration on the materials aspects employed in these techniques. Coverage is aimed more at
breadth rather than depth but without sacrificing the fundamental rigors
This module aims to discuss important contemporary topics in the field of Materials Chemistry, e.g. nanostructured materials
hybrid composites, macromolecular materials, biocomposites, biocompatible materials, fibrous materials, etc. These are
materials that we encounter in day-to-day life. The chemistry of their formation, stability as well as the relationship between
Contemporary Materials Chemistry
By permission
their structures and properties will be emphasized. After taking this module, students should have a good fundamental
knowledge and understanding of how to design and to fabricate useful devices such as LEDs, optical switches, modulators,
and dispersion compensators.
For Applied Chemistry
This module builds on the module Advanced Polymer Science (CM 4268). A major focus will be directed towards the
Students: Polymer Chemistry
preparation and application of advanced polymers and biopolymers. It will be accompanied by presentations and case studies
II (CM3221), Advanced
delivered by selected Industry researchers. The following aspects will be covered: (i) Liquid Crystals; (ii) Photovoltaics
Advanced Organic Materials
Polymer Science (CM4268).
Materials; (iii) Organic Electronics & Devices; (iv) Nanostructured Surfaces; (v) Sensors; (vi) Nanoparticles and Quantum Dots;
For Chemistry students:
(vii) Biomimetic and Intelligent Materials; (viii) Tissue Engineering. The module is suited for final year students majoring in
Organic Reaction
chemistry, applied chemistry and related disciplines.
Mechanisms (CM3221).



















For Graduate students only.