Aug 21, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog


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Robert L. Carter, PhD, University of Kansas

  • Raman and IR Spectroscopy
  • Vibrations in Solids
  • Crystal Structure
  • Ferroelectric Materials
  • Group Theory

Daniel Dowling, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Enzyme Mechanism
  • Posttranslational and Posttranscriptional Modifying Enzymes
  • Metalloenzyme chemistry
  • Natural Product Biosynthesis
  • X-ray Crystallography​

Jason Evans, PhD, University of Delaware

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Mass Spectroscopy
  • Lipidomics
  • Proteomics

Michelle Foster, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

  • Surface Science
  • Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Experimental Physical Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry

Jason Green, PhD, Purdue University

  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics Kinetics
  • Molecular Simulations

Deyang Qu, PhD, University of Ottawa

  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy
  • Battery
  • Fuel Cells
  • Hydrogen Storage
  • Supercapacitors

Jonathan Rochford, PhD, Dublin City University

  • Transition Metal Catalysis (CO2 reduction, H2O oxidation, H2 production)
  • Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
  • Photo-Induced Electron-Transfer
  • Proton-Coupled Electron-Transfer
  • Porphyrin Synthesis
  • Electrochromic Displays
  • Molecule-Semiconductor Interfaces

Marietta H. Schwartz, PhD, University of Wisconsin

  • Charge-Transfer Complexation in Cyclophanes
  • Spectral Studies of Molecular Complexation
  • Synthesis and Study of Strained Hydrocarbons

Hannah M. Sevian (Joint Appointment with Department of Curriculum and Instruction), PhD, University of Wisconsin

  • Chemical Education
  • Laboratory Curriculum Development
  • Physical Chemistry

Bela Török, PhD, University of Szeged

  • Asymmetric Catalysis: Enantio- and Diastereoselective Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenations
  • Development and Application of Immobilized (Solid) Asymmetric Catalysts
  • Green Chemistry
  • Chiral Fluorine Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Marianna Török, PhD, University of Szeged

  • Physical Biochemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Protein Structure and Dynamics
  • Self-Assembly of Amyloid Peptides
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Microwave-Assisted Peptide Synthesis

Wei Zhang, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

  • Fluorous Chemistry
  • Free-Radical Chemistry
  • Asymmetric Organocatalysis
  • Green Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Teaching and Research Assistantships

The Chemistry Department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships to highly qualified new and continuing students in its MS program and PhD programs. Students in the BS/MS program who have achieved at least 120 credits may also be eligible for teaching assistantships. These awards, which include a stipend, waiver of tuition and some fees, and a health insurance benefit, require recipients to serve as laboratory instructors in certain of the Chemistry Department’s undergraduate courses. Subject to availability, continuing students may be appointed as research assistants with the support of external grant funding provided through their research directors.

Course Prerequisites

Please consult UMass Boston’s undergraduate catalog for complete information about the undergraduate courses listed here as prerequisites for individual graduate-level courses.

Admission Requirements

Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate studies programs in the “Admissions” section. The Chemistry Program will recommend admission to either the PhD or the MS program for those applicants who present evidence of their ability to do graduate work with distinction. Applicants should present:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (aptitude and advanced tests). Applicants to the MS programs who have graduated from American or Canadian colleges or universities are not required to present these scores but are strongly urged to do so. The GRE is required of all PhD applicants and all master’s applicants with undergraduate degrees from foreign institutions.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in chemistry at UMass Boston
  • Applicants to the PhD program must present a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in all science and mathematics courses.

Students intending to pursue the BS/MS must satisfy the university’s undergraduate admissions requirements.


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