MASTER SYNTHESIS, CATALYSIS AND MOLECULAR DESIGN

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Structural Determination Techniques

This course aims the learning the modern techniques of Nuclear magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry and their application in the structural elucidation of structures and characterization of molecular compounds.

Introduction to Computational Chemistry

Computational Chemistry is nowadays a mature area in modern Chemistry that provides information for understanding chemical phenomena at the molecular level, and that has a high predictive power regarding molecular structure, properties and reactivity. This course deals with the description of the theoretical methods that form the basis of Computational Chemistry, and its application to study molecular systems. It will follow a mixed theoretical/practical approach. From basic examples and case studies related to catalysis, students will learn how to use modern software correctly and in a critical manner. The main aim is that students earn knowledge for understanding current scientific literature, and the expertise needed to attack problems in chemical synthesis and catalysis autonomously.

Multidisciplinar seminars

This subject aims to facilitate the contact of students with modern research in chemistry, by assisting to lectures delivered by prominent researchers. The lectures are not limited to talks related with the main Master contents but with any field of chemistry.

Master Project

The Final Master's Project consists in a research work. For developing this Project, the student joins a research group which assigns a tutor that supervises the development of the work. The final master Project aims to apply the knowledge acquired during the theoretical course to the solution of practical problems and it suppose a real introduction to research.

Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis

Learn aspects of organometallic chemistry necessary for homogeneous catalysis. Knowing the fundamental steps involved in the most of the homogeneous catalytic processes, studying the most important catalytic reactions, its mechanisms and applications.

Methods of Synthesis and Synthetic Analysis

Review of methods for formation of carbon-carbon simple and double bonds, pericyclic reactions, and the most important reduction and oxidation methods in the modern organic synthesis, as well as synthetic strategies for the construction of complex molecules. Most of the course is devoted to the analysis of complex synthesis reported in the bibliography.

Asymmetric Synthesis

This subject provides advanced knowledge of the stereochemistry of organic compounds and organometallic and procedures used in asymmetric synthesis, including stoichiometric and catalytic procedures.

Catalytic Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis

This subject deals with the study of composition, properties and applications of the most relevant materials used in catalysis. Design and methods of preparation of catalytic materials, and selection of catalysts for relevant processes are also tackled.

Characterization of Solids and Surfaces

This subject aims to provide information and learn to extract structural information from the most useful techniques for solid and surface characterization, such as X-ray diffraction, nitrogen physisorption, TPR, TPD, SEM, TEM, XPS, MAS NMR, IR and Raman.

Theoretical Methods for Determining Electronic and Molecular Structure

The course introduces the basic concepts for the theoretical description of the electronic and molecular structure. The student will learn how and when to apply the different computational techniques to obtain relevant results.

Computational Modelling in Catalysis and Materials Science

This subject introduces the computational and modeling technologies more widely used on the study of catalytic processes (homogeneous and heterogeneous) and of material science. The approach is mainly practical, introducing the techniques and the theoretical grounds from practical exercises.

Nanocatalysis

This course is an introduction to the synthesis of nanomaterials and their application in catalysis.

Supramolecular Chemistry

Supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry are strongly related topics that are on the forefront of the chemical research. During this course, we will describe and explain the fundaments of the field together with some recent scientific contributions.

3rd Generation Catalysts (Sustainable Chemistry: A Catalytic Approach)

This subject deals on the aspects related with the design of homogeneous catalytic systems in a reusable form, through heterogenization. The more relevant and selective catalysts that can be recovered and reused will be presented.

Nanostructured Polymeric Materials

The goal of the subject is to introduce the student to the synthesis, characterization and applications of new polymeric architectures and nanostructured materials.