Undergraduate Research - H.M. Muchall

A typical project would consist of

- the synthesis of an organic compound of interest (the industry needs chemists with research experience in synthetic organic chemistry!): for some, literature procedures might be available, for others these procedures might be adapted; some compounds will decompose in contact with air or water and so syntheses might involve working under nitrogen or argon

- its spectroscopic characterization: UV, IR, NMR, and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy

- computational chemistry (another feature that is looked for in graduates nowadays!): depending on your interests, this part will be more or less extensive; we will model the organic compound to learn about its geometry (conformation and configuration) and spectroscopic properties: this will help with the interpretation of the experimental data.

Alternatively, you can choose a purely computational project.

Please see me about specific projects available at the moment.

These are the past undergraduate projects...
- Dominique Marion, IR study on the dimerization of N-sulfinylhydrazines, Winter 2001 (419)
- Barbara Morgan, IR study of the dimerization of methyl-substituted N-sulfinylhydrazines, Summer 2001 (419)
- Marie-Hélène Dufresne, m- and p-N-sulfinyl phenylenedihydrazine: computational analysis and preparation, Summer 2001 (450)
- Francis Esmonde-White, Mechanism for the formation of a cyclotrisilene, Winter 2002 (419)
- Tracy Fonzo, Synthesis of alkenes as model compounds for pollution studies with ozone, Winter 2002 (419, co-supervised with C. DeWolf)
- Peter Napoli, o-Methyl substituted N-phenyl-N'-sulfinylhydrazine, Summer 2002 (450)
- Jacek Kardouniczek, Labeling ketones with oxygen-18, Summer 2002 (419)
- Jason Tsunokawa, IR study on the dimerization of ortho N-sulfinyl-N'-tolylhydrazine and N-benzyl-N'-sulfinylhydrazine, Winter 2003 (419)
- Mårten Ahlquist, Complexation studies on NH-NSO species, Winter 2003 (419)
- Gabrielle Gourlet, Preparation of p-N-sulfinyl phenylenedihydrazine, Winter 2003 (419)
- Nicolas Pelland, Studies of factors that affect ketone formation from tosylhydrazones, Winter 2003 (419)
- Petrin Kamya, Computational studies of the anomeric effect in cyclohexenes, Summer 2003 (450)
- Da Jiang Zhang, Stability of N-sulfinylhydrazine dimers through IR and NMR spectroscopic studies, Fall 2003 (450)
- James Mousseau, Synthesis and 13C NMR studies of phenylmethylenecyclohexanes, Fall 2003 (450)
- Steven Juneau, Synthesis and 13C NMR studies of cyanomethylenecyclohexanes, Winter 2004 (419)
- Anna Bernardi, Substituent effects in the dimerization of N-phenyl-N'-sulfinylhydrazine (NSERC summer student 2004)
- Tanya Godina, Computational studies of hydrogen bonds in nucleic acid base pairs, Fall 2006 (419)
- Cédric Carrignon-Leblanc, Generation and trapping of nitrilimines, Fall 2007 (450)
- Martha Kariuki, Computational study into the proton chemical shift changes in the dimerization of N-sulfinylhydrazines, Summer 2010 (419)
- Ishtiaque Aziz, Weak interactions in nucleic acid UUCG tetraloops, Fall 2011 (419)
- Khaled AlKoudmani, Conformational preferences in bipyridine systems, Fall 2011 (419)
- Philippe Archambault, Computational study of substituent effects on the decomposition of 2H-tetrazoles, Summer 2012 (419)
- Katherine Wickham, Computational study into the use of chemical shifts for stabilities of AT/U base pairs, Winter 2014 (419)
- Nhu Ngoc Ho, Weak interactions in GNRA tetraloops, Summer 2015 (MITACS)
- Janet Gaba, Computational study into the origin of chemical shift changes upon formation of weak interactions, Fall 2016 (419)

... and the current ones

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