CEM 845 Structural Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds

Michigan State University, Fall 2015


Class Meetings

M 3-3:50 pm; WF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm (Chemistry Room 136)

Instructor: Xuefei Huang

Tel: 355-9715, ext 329


E-mail: xuefei@chemistry.msu.edu

Office: 425 Chemistry

Office hours: W 12:30 - 1:30 or by appointment


TA: Hadi Gholami

527 Chemistry 525 Chemistry, Tel: 355-9715, ext 139

Email: gholamih@chemistry.msu.edu

Office hours: by appointment


Textbook: “Organic Structural Spectroscopy” Lambert, J. B.; Gronert, S.; Shurvell, H. F.; Lightner, D. A.; 2nd edition; Prentice-Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2011


Textbook Supplement: “Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds” Silverstein, R. M.; Webster, F. X.; Kiemle, D. J.; Bryce, D. L. 8th edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2014.


Course Aim: Understand the basic principles of several common spectroscopic techniques and be able to determine the molecular structure of an unknown compound from analysis of the pertinent spectroscopic data.


Course Description: This course discusses relationships between functionality and the observed spectroscopic properties of organic molecules.  These relationships are then rationalized and used to logically deduce structures of unknown compounds.  Major spectroscopic methods including Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, Infrared, Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, and Chiroptical Spectroscopy will be applied in the structural assignment of unknown compounds.  The principles behind these methods will be discussed.  There will be considerable emphasis on problem solving to determine molecular structure utilizing all available spectroscopic data.  




Grades will be based on exams (one midterm and one final exam), presentation and problem sets.


The breakdown for grading is:

Problem sets:                                                               10%

Presentation:                                                               20%

Midterm:                                                                     30%

Final:                                                                           40%


Office Hours:

Office hours will be on Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:30 pm.  You may also make an appointment.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning any aspect of the class.  I will be available to students as much as possible.


Academic Honesty:

Academic honesty will be strictly enforced.  Any student found violating the University policies on academic honesty will receive a failing grade.  There are no exceptions.


Code of Behavior: You are encouraged to participate in class discussions.  However, no one should disrupt the teaching and learning environment in this classroom. 


Emergency Response: Please familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest evacuation route.  If an emergency arises in this classroom, building or vicinity, I will inform you of actions to follow for your safety and for an orderly evacuation.  Typically, classes will restart 20 minutes after an all-clear is given by the police.


Special Assistance: Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities by phone at 517-884-RCPD or through the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (“VISA”) form. Please present this form to me at the start of the semester and/or at least two weeks prior to the accommodation date (test, final exam, homework, etc.). Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.


Web-accessible course materials will be provided upon request.