Physical chemistry is the area of chemistry that allows describing chemical phenomena in the most general way. It is fundamental to rationalize what happens in the laboratory, and to have a critical attitude towards planning, executing and analyzing the results of experiments. In this course the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics will be reviewed and efforts will be made to connect the abstract mathematical equations with real life situations in the laboratory.
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry (ChemS 370)
Applied quantum chemistry is becoming a standard technique to assist the research, and especially to rationalize catalytic behavior. This course is designed to give an overview of frequently applied computational methods. This includes the underlying theoretical approach as well as hands-on tutorials.