The Department of Chemistry & Physics at Purdue University Calumet provides baccalaureate degrees with several concentrations available in both areas. Faculty in our department have a breadth of experience in a wide range of sub-disciplines within chemistry and physics, and most are actively engaged in research. Both chemistry and physics majors are regularly involved in research projects with faculty and collaborators at other universities, laboratories and observatories. For more information on both the chemistry and physics programs at Purdue Calumet, click on the appropriate links to the left.
Department Head’s Message
Welcome to Chemistry and Physics!! Our department teaches chemistry, physics, general science, astronomy, and earth and atmospheric science courses – about 10,000 credits per year. These courses include traditional chemistry, physics, and astronomy courses as well as forensic science, brewing science, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, and energy efficiency improvement. Research is as varied as the coursework and includes aging studies, star clusters, neutrinos, organometallics, chemical education, environmental pollution sources, drug design, high energy physics, quasars, purification techniques, and nanotechnology.
Our proximity to Chicago is a big plus for Chemistry and Physics. Two unique national laboratories — Argonne and Fermilab – are about an hour away. Also, there are many companies in this area which rely on chemistry and hire many chemists
We also are excited by the recent funding of a telescope to be installed in Lowell. This will be a big boost to our astrophysics efforts.
Our Department has much to offer – look over these pages and see!!
Spring 2014 – Advanced Chemistry Electives
Students looking for an advanced course in Chemistry are encouraged to register in the following courses which are going to be offered Spring 2014.
CHM 31800 Biomolecular NMR Spectroscopy/Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CRN: 68275)
Meeting Time: MW 12:30 PM – 01:50 PM
Pre-Requisites: CHM 25600 or CHM 33300 and PHYS 22100 or PHYS 25100
Professor: María O. Longas, Ph.D. Gyte 269; firstname.lastname@example.org
A one-semester-3-cr course, 3h of lecture/week, designed for chemistry, biology and biotechnology majors. It covers theory and applications of multidimensional 1H and 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in elucidation of structural biomolecules, magnetic resonance imaging and its uses in diagnostic medicine. Through this course, students will be able to identify physical and chemical laws governing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, including 1H and 13C-multidimensional NMR, as well as magnetic resonance imaging and to use this knowledge in the determination of molecular structures of oligosaccharides, oligopeptides, complex carbohydrates, nucleic acids and proteins. Procedures such as COSY, TOCSY, HOHAHA, NOE, 2-D-NOE, NOESY, ROESY, HMQC, HSQC, 3- and 4D-NMR spectroscopy will be discussed.
CHM 49000 Catalysis (CRN: 67690)
Meeting Time: MW 09:30 AM – 10:50 AM
Pre-requisite: CHM 11600
Professor: Libbie S. W. Pelter, Ph.D. Gyte-265; email@example.com
In this course, we will focus on understanding the principles of homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. Our discussion will include applications of catalysis in environmentally sustainable processes and the application of the principles of Green Chemistry. Catalysis in current industrial processes will be presented and contrasted with traditional non-catalytic methods. Examples of research in catalysis from the primary literature will also be discussed to give you a better understanding of the applications of catalyst design, kinetic studies and computer assisted modeling in current research. Catalysts are used in 90 percent of U.S. chemical manufacturing processes and to make more than 20 percent of all industrial products.
CHM 49000 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (CRN: 67882)
Meeting Time: MW 02:00 PM – 03:20 PM
Pre-requisite: CHM 25600 or CHM 26605
Professor: Hal Pinnick, Ph.D. Gyte-275; firstname.lastname@example.org
This course provides a general background in the synthesis of organic compounds. This includes a thorough exploration of the basic approach to synthesis, use of protecting groups, discussion of major methods of forming C-C bonds, and adjustment of oxidation state of carbons. Review of basic organic chemistry is accomplished and therefore this is a good course for those seeking to take exams, such as the chemistry GRE or MCAT, which assess this area. Each student will present a total synthesis of a compound from the literature as a demonstration of synthetic strategy and practice with oral presentations.