Teaching

I teach the following courses:

  1. Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 101/102)
  2. Forensic Science (CHEM 252)
  3. Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 270)
  4. Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 353)
  5. Advanced Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 370)

See below for course descriptions.

Introductory Chemistry (Fall/Winter Semesters)

This course serves as a foundation for all subsequent chemistry courses. Atomic properties as they relate to the periodic table are considered, along with quantum mechanics for hydrogen-like orbitals and electron configurations. The course provides an introduction to bonding theories as they apply to the stability, molecular geometry and intermolecular interactions of atomic, ionic and molecular species. Topics include chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, classification of chemical reactivity, gases (both ideal and real) and chemical kinetics.

Environmental Chemistry (Fall Semester)

In this course, methods used to identify and quantitatively determine the levels of pollutants in different environmental matrices will be described. Appropriate sampling methods, sample preparation and analysis using various classical and instrumental analytical techniques will be studied. In addition, important environmental issues facing our modern society, including climate change, the loss of the ozone layer and the end of fossil fuels are discussed.

Advanced Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 370)

This course presents an advanced study of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment. Fate and transport processes of legacy and emerging anthropogenic pollutants are discussed on both a local and global scale. Important physio-chemical processes are discussed, including portioning, hydrolysis, photolysis and biotransformation. Modern environmental techniques used to determine sources of pollutants in the environment, including stable isotope analysis, chemical fingerprinting, and transport modelling are also covered. In the laboratory, students gain hands on experience with the techniques used to determine the environmental fates of pollutants via investigations of their physio-chemical properties.

Forensic Science (CHEM 252)

This course provides an introduction to crime scene investigations, forensic science, and forensic chemistry. The main focus of the course is the scientific basis for the analysis and interpretation of crime scene evidence. The methods of chemical analysis, including the theoretical and practical aspects of these techniques for common types of forensic evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, and trace evidence, will be discussed. Laboratory quality control, processing, evaluation, interpretation, and reporting of analytical laboratory results will also be discussed. Students will gain hands-on experience in the use of a range of analytical techniques in the laboratory through the examination of simulated crime scene evidence.

Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 353)

This course examines the theory and practice of forensic chemistry. The structure and function of forensic chemistry laboratory services and the key issues of cross-contamination and laboratory quality control and quality assurance will be examined. The course will focus on chemical analytical techniques used for the detection, identification, and comparison of forensic evidence such as illicit drugs, poisons, gunshot residues, fire accelerants, and explosives. The theory of a variety of analytical techniques along with their scope and limitations is embedded in this discussion. The practical application of these techniques is considered with reference to appropriate examples and forensic case studies. This is further reinforced in the laboratory, where students will gain hands-on experience in the use of a range of analytical techniques for the investigation of simulated crime scenarios.