Chemistry

Chemistry: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Chemistry

MSc

  • Fields:
    • Analytical Chemistry;
    • Environmental Chemistry;
    • Inorganic Chemistry;
    • Interdisciplinary;
    • Organic and Biological Chemistry;
    • Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics;
    • Polymers and Materials Chemistry
 

PhD

  • Fields:
    • Analytical Chemistry;
    • Environmental Chemistry;
    • Inorganic Chemistry;
    • Interdisciplinary;
    • Organic and Biological Chemistry;
    • Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics;
    • Polymers and Materials Chemistry

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:​

Overview

Faculty members of the Department of Chemistry are world leaders and research offerings are made in a rich array of ever evolving sub-disciplines (physical, organic, biological, materials, inorganic, theoretical, analytical, environmental, and nanochemistry). Research is conducted using state-of-the-art instrumentation housed in laboratories that have been newly built or recently renovated.

Modern facilities are available for research in the Department of Chemistry. The areas of interest cover a wide variety of topics in analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, materials, polymers, physical, and theoretical chemistry and their related interdisciplinary areas.

Contact and Address

Web: www.chemistry.utoronto.ca
Email: chem.gradasst@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3605
Fax: (416) 978-1631

Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
Room 151, Lash Miller Building
80 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6
Canada

Chemistry: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Abbatt, Jonathan - BSc, PhD
Aspuru-Guzik, Alan - PhD
Batey, Robert Alexander - BA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Bender, Timothy - PhD
Brumer, Paul - BSc, PhD
Chin, Jik - MS, PhD
Dhirani, Al-Amin - MSc, PhD
Donaldson, D. James - PhD
Fekl, Ulrich - MSc, PhD
Georges, Michael - BS, PhD
Goh, M. Cynthia - PhD
Gunning, Patrick - BS, PhD
Izmaylov, Artur - PhD
Jockusch, Rebecca - BA, PhD
Kanelis, Voula - PhD
Kapral, Raymond - BSc, PhD
Kay, Lewis - PhD
Kelley, Shana - BA, PhD
Kerman, Kagan - BScPhm, MSc, ScD
Kluger, Ronald - AB, AM, PhD
Kraatz, Heinz-Bernhard - BA, MC, PhD
Krull, Ulrich - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kumacheva, Eugenia - MSc, PhD
Lautens, Mark - BSc, PhD
Mabury, Scott - BS, PhD
Macdonald, Peter - BS, MS, PhD
McMillen, David - BSc, MS, PhD
Miller, R.J. Dwayne - BSc, PhD
Morris, Robert - BSc, PhD, Fellow NATO
Murphy, Jennifer - BCh, DChem
Nitz, Mark - BSc, PhD
Ozin, Geoffrey - BSc, PhD
Peng, Hui - PhD
Polanyi, John - MSc, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FRS
Prosser, Scott - BSc, MSc, DPhil
Rousseaux, Sophie - PhD
Schofield, Jeremy - PhD
Scholes, Greg - MSc, PhD
Seferos, Dwight - BCh, DChem
Segal, Dvira - BSc, DSc
Sherwood Lollar, Barbara - PhD
Shin, Jumi - AB, DPhil
Shoichet, Molly - PhD
Simpson, Andre - BSc, PhD
Simpson, Myrna - BS, DPhil
Song, Datong - BSc, PhD
Stephan, Douglas - BSc, PhD
Sullan, Ruby May - BSc, PhD
Taylor, Mark - BSc, DSc
Thompson, Michael - BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSC
Voznyy, Oleksandr - BSc, MSc, PhD
Walker, Gilbert - BCh, PhD
Wania, Frank - MPH, PhD
Wheeler, Aaron - BS, PhD
Whittington, Stuart - BA, MA, PhD
Winnik, Mitchell - BA, PhD
Woolley, G. Andrew - PhD
Yudin, Andrei - BS, PhD
Zamble, Deborah - BSc, PhD
Zhang, Xiaoan - MS, PhD

Members Emeriti

Csizmadia, Imre - MSc, PhD
Jones, Bryan - BSc, PhD, DPhil
McLean, Stewart - BSc, PhD
Menzinger, Michael - MS, PhD
Reynolds, William - BSc, PhD
Robinson, Edward - BSc, PhD, DSc
Tidwell, Thomas - BS, AM, PhD
Valleau, John Philip - PhD

Associate Members

Dicks, Andy - PhD
Muir, Derek - BSc, MSc, PhD
Rauscher, Sarah - BSc, PhD
Reiner, Eric - BSc, MSc, PhD

Chemistry: Chemistry MSc

Master of Science​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the department's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with an average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete 1.0 graduate full-course equivalent (FCE) including at least 0.5 graduate half-course equivalent in chemistry.

  • Students must participate in a seminar program. Attendance and presentation of a seminar are mandatory in order to receive the credit.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Submission of a thesis.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Chemistry: Chemistry PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto master’s program; or 3) direct entry following completion of an appropriate BSc degree.

PhD students select one of the following fields:

  • Analytical Chemistry

  • Environmental Chemistry

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Organic and Biological Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics

  • Polymers and Materials Chemistry

  • Interdisciplinary, which allows combinations with the other fields, or with other disciplines

Each field requires a minimum of 2.0 to 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses, depending on the field of study and the student's academic background. The number of courses required will be determined in consultation with the supervisor. Students who have completed the master's program may be considered for a course reduction of up to 1.0 FCE in the PhD program. Specific requirements for each field follow.

 

Field: Analytical Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses:

    • 0.5 FCE in analytical chemistry in each of the areas of spectroscopy, separation science/electrochemistry, and advanced instrumentation/data analysis.

    • An additional 0.5 FCE to support the research program.

    • The number of courses required will be determined in consultation with the supervisor. Students who have completed the master's program may be considered for a course reduction of up to 1.0 FCE in the PhD program.

  • Presentation of two seminars. Participation in the Analytical Chemistry Seminar (CHM 1190Y). Students must complete 25 Analytical Seminar Plus (ASP) points.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Successful completion of an oral comprehensive field examination in Analytical Chemistry.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Environmental​ Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses:

    • CHM 1401H Transport and Fate of Chemical Species in the Environment (0.5 FCE).

    • At least one other course in Environmental Chemistry.

    • At least one CHM course to be chosen in consultation with the supervisor/supervisory committee and confirmed by the field representative.

    • The fourth course may be an approved course offered in a cognate department.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Presentation of two seminars (normally in Years 2 and 4). Participation in the Environmental Chemistry Seminar and colloquia program (CHM 1590Y).

  • A written research proposal, defended orally, on a topic other than the primary research topic delivered prior to the end of​ Year 2.

  • Successful completion of an oral comprehensive field examination in Environmental Chemistry, normally completed following coursework and before the end of Year 2.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Inorganic Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses:

    • One core half course (0.5 FCE): CHM 1270 or CHM 1266H.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Participation in the Inorganic Chemistry Seminar (CHM 1290Y): the presentation of one seminar each year in Years 2, 3, and 4, including one on an original research proposal.

  • Successful completion of an oral comprehensive field examination in Inorganic Chemistry.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Organic and Biological Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses:

    • At least two Organic Chemistry graduate half courses selected from CHM 1040H to CHM 1068H (inclusive).

    • Students may be required to take courses offered in physical organic, synthetic organic, and biological chemistry. The courses will be selected in consultation with the supervisor and confirmed by the Gradu​ate Studies Committee field representative.

  • Students must pass six cumulative exams in order for students to qualify to give the oral comprehensive field exam and advance to PhD candidacy. They are generally written on the first Friday of the month from October through May (inclusive).

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Participation in the Organic Chemistry Seminar (CHM 1090Y): present two seminars, normally in Years 2 and 4.

  • Upon completion of coursework and cumulative exams, students will take an oral comprehensive field exam in Organic and Biological Chemistry.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Students may select an Experimental Physical Chemistry path requiring:

    • 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) consisting of a combination of two core half courses and two other half courses. The principle is that breadth of background preparation should be the major objective in course selection.

  • Or students may select a Theoretical Physical Chemistry path requiring:

    • 3.0 FCEs, including two core half courses. Specifics are to be determined by the research director and the student.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Presentation of two seminars, normally in Years 2 and 4. Participation in the Physical Chemistry Seminar (CHM 1490Y).

  • Successful completion of an oral comprehensive field examination in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Polymers and Materials Chemistry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from approved graduate courses:

    • At least one of the three core courses (CHM 1206H, CHM 1301H, CH​M 1302H).

    • A list of other courses considered appropriate to the Polymers and Materials Chemistry research area is available from the department.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Presentation of at least three seminars (a literature talk in Year 1 and presentations on the original research in Years 2 and 4). Participation in the Polymers and Materials Chemistry Seminar (CHM 1390Y).

  • Upon the completion of coursework, successful performance in an oral comprehensive field examination in Polymers and Materials Chemistry.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

 

Field: Interdisciplinary

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with a minimum average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto B+.

  • An exceptional student with an appropriate BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.

  • Transfer to the PhD program may be considered during Year 1 of the master's program.

  • Acceptance into this field requires a research topic of a truly interdisciplinary nature; a written request must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including one core half course from the above fields.

  • In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours (24 hours for direct-entry students) of additional professional development training spread evenly over the categories: Communication, Personal Effectiveness, and Research and Teaching Skills. Consult with the Graduate Office for a list of eligible activities.

  • Presentation of at least two seminars (normally in Years 2 and 4). Participation in the seminar program of an existing field of Chemistry.

  • Upon completion of coursework, successful completion of an oral comprehensive field examination in the fields of Chemistry deemed appropriate.

  • The main requirement for the PhD program is the execution of an original investigation that is presented in a thesis.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's; 7 years direct-entry

Chemistry: Chemistry MSc, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department each session as to course availability.

Professional Development

CHM 3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (Credit/No Credit)

Analytical Chemistry

CHM 1102H
Biosensors and Chemical Sensors
CHM 1103H
Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry
CHM 1104H
Separation Science
CHM 1105H
Separations, Chromatography, and Microfluidics
CHM 1106H
Lab Instrumentation
CHM 1107H The -Omics Revolution and Mass Spectrometry
CHM 1150H
Advances in Electroanalytical Chemistry and Electrochemical Sensors
CHM 1152H
Chemical Sensors
CHM 1157H
Applications of Chemometrics
CHM 1190Y0
Analytical Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 1410H
Analytical Environmental Chemistry
CHM 2014H
Research in Analytical Chemistry

Environmental Chemistry

CHM 1401H Transport and Fate of Chemical Species in the Environment
CHM 1404H
Molecular Analysis of Natural Systems
CHM 1410H
Analytical Environmental Chemistry
CHM 1415H
Atmospheric Chemistry
CHM 1420H
Environmental Chemistry of Soil
CHM 1425H
Modelling the Fate of Organic Chemicals in The Environment
CHM 1430H
Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Chemistry
CHM 1590Y0
Environmental Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 2534H
Research in Environmental Chemistry
EES 1105H
Soil Contamination Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

CHM 1202H
Selected Current Directions in Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 1204H
Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
CHM 1205H
Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
CHM 1206H
Solid State Chemistry: Structure-Property Relations
CHM 1255H
Supramolecular Chemistry
CHM 1258H
Reactions of Coordinated Ligands
CHM 1263H
Bio-inorganic Chemistry
CHM 1268H
X-Ray Crystallography
CHM 1269H
Nanochemistry: A Chemistry Approach to Nanomaterials
CHM 1270H
Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry (core course)
CHM 1290Y0
Inorganic Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 2034H
Research in Inorganic Chemistry

Organic and Biological Chemistry

CHM 1003H
Physical Organic Chemistry II
CHM 1004H
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
CHM 1005H
Applications of Spectroscopy in Organic Structure Determination
CHM 1006H
Bioorganic Chemistry
CHM 1008H
Biological Chemistry
CHM 1040H
Modern Organic Synthesis
CHM 1045H
Modern Physical Organic Chemistry
CHM 1051H
Current Topics in Chemical Biology
CHM 1054H
Topics in Bio-organic Chemistry
CHM 1056H
Techniques for Studying the Chemical, Structural, and Dynamic Properties of Biomolecules
CHM 1057H
Topics in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
CHM 1059H Chemical Biology in Complex Systems
CHM 1060H
Advanced Topics in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
CHM 1068H
Topics in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
CHM 1090Y0
Organic Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 2044H
Research in Organic Chemistry

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

CHM 1441H
Mathematical Methods
CHM 1443H
Intermediate Quantum Mechanics
CHM 1444H
Statistical Mechanics of Condensed Phases
CHM 1445H
Coherent Control of Molecular Processes
CHM 1446H
Quantum Computation and Information Theory
CHM 1447H
Biophysical Chemistry
CHM 1448H
Modelling of Biochemical Systems
CHM 1450H
Nanoscale Characterization with Scan Probe Microscopy
CHM 1455H
NMR Spectroscopy I: Basic Theory and Applications for Biological Chemists
CHM 1456H
NMR Spectroscopy II: Advanced Theory and Application
CHM 1464H
Topics in Statistical Mechanics
CHM 1478H
Quantum Mechanics for Physical Chemists (core course)
CHM 1480H
Basic Statistical Mechanics (core course)
CHM 1481H Reaction Kinetics and Dynamics
CHM 1482H
Laser Spectroscopy and Photophysics
CHM 1490Y0
Physical Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 2024H
Research in Physical Chemistry

Polymers and Materials Chemistry

CHM 1206H
Solid State Chemistry: Structure-Property Relations
CHM 1300H
Polymer Chemistry
CHM 1301H
Organic and Inorganic Polymer Synthesis
CHM 1302H
Physical Chemistry of Polymers
CHM 1303H
Solids as Advanced Polymer Materials
CHM 1304H
Organic Materials Chemistry
CHM 1310H
Polymer Chemistry
CHM 1390Y0
Polymer and Materials Chemistry Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
CHM 2304H
Research in Polymer and Materials Chemistry

All graduate courses for degree credit must be approved by the department. Subject to departmental permission, degree students in chemistry may take a limited number of graduate courses based on fourth-year Faculty of Arts and Science courses in chemistry or a cognate discipline. Approvals of such fourth-year courses will be considered on an individual basis. Third-year arts and science courses, or their essential equivalents, will not receive degree credit.

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.