The graduate program at the Department of Chemistry comprises a two-year M.Sc. program and a four-year PhD program. Students with outstanding academic achievements can complete the PhD program directly in about 4 – 5 years.
Objectives of the graduate studies at the Department of Chemistry
The objectives of the graduate program are: to train the student in modern research methods and techniques; to develop the skills needed for independent, critical and creative research; and – finally – to establish teaching skills. Each student, therefore, carries out an original research program, chosen from among the various fields of research within the department under the supervision of one of the faculty members. In addition and in parallel to the research, the students are offered a wide variety of advanced courses, including courses from related fields given at other departments. In most cases, graduate students assume teaching assistant assignments and work several hours a week in undergraduate class recitations or laboratories.
Our department includes 26 faculty members, who are active in numerous different fields of research, among them:
Synthesis and reaction mechanisms in organic and inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, natural products, stereochemistry, photochemistry, bioorganic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, anti-cancer agents, enzymatic synthesis, antibody catalysis, development of methods and equipment in analytical environmental chemistry with emphasis on remote sensing in real-time, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography, structure determination of biological macromolecules, solid-state chemistry and spectroscopy, theory of phase transitions, chemical kinetics and molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, computational chemistry and molecular simulation, resonance state, dynamic symmetries, surface and thin layer chemistry and spectroscopy, molecular beams, surface scattering of molecules and ions, diamond layer growth, molecular spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance in liquid and solid state, electron paramagnetic resonance, non-linear optics, photo-physics and laser spectroscopy, quantum optics, molecular electro-optics, nanochemistry, nanoparticles and biomolecule-based nanoelectronics, ultrafast surface dynamics, friction mechanisms on nanometric scale, total synthesis, asymmetric catalysis.
Graduate students towards an M.Sc. degree or a Ph.D. choose their research topic from these areas with the approval and assistance of their advisor.
Candidates are requested to find an advisor among the faculty members before they can be accepted to the program. For details, please turn to the graduate student secretary in the department.
The program for a M.Sc. degree in chemistry
Terms of admission:
Applicants must have a GPA of at least 80 from their bachelor degree and need to undergo an interview.
Graduates of a three year bachelor program are required to accumulate 30 credit points. Graduates of a four year bachelor program need to accumulate at least 16 credit points from advanced courses. The curriculum is chosen from a list of elective courses that may be spread over two academic years. At the end of their second year, after completing both the course requirements and the research work, the students present the results of their research at the departmental seminar, submit a Masters thesis and are examined on it.
Outstanding students can transfer to the direct track towards a PhD during their studies.
Specialization in “Quantum and molecular technology” as part of the chemistry MSc program
Quantum technologies are a collection of methods that use the quantum properties of particles for practical applications, such as quantum computers, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. The Molecular Quantum Technology program will focus on unique aspects of the quantum field that are particularly relevant to chemistry, such as molecular quantum computers, magnetic resonance – based quantum sensors, applications of quantum computers in theoretical chemistry, and quantum mechanics theory in molecular aspects. This is an innovative field of research that will lead to technological revolutions in the 21st century.
Any student who is admitted to the Master’s degree program in Chemistry (average of at least 80 undergraduate degrees + a personal interview) will be eligible for admission to the Molecular Quantum Technology program.
The subject of the research that the student will be engaged in during its master’s degree has to be linked to quantum technology.
In addition to a master’s degree diploma, the graduates of this program will also receive a special certificate in “Quantum Molecular Technology” as an appendix to the Diploma.
The following are the educational requirements:
A three-year graduate is required to complete at least 11.5 points (see below for list of possible courses) within the framework of the points for which h/shee is required for a master’s degree.
An engineering graduate (4 years) will be required for 5.5 points (see below for list of possible courses). In addition to these points, such student must attend the course “Introduction to Quantum Molecular Technology” or an equivalent course during their undergraduate studies.
The specific program requirement:
- 7.5 credit points from the following “core courses”: (4 points for graduates of the four years degree)
- a. “Introduction to molecular quantum tech” (127446)- 3.5 credit points
Four years degree graduates will be required to take this course in the framework of their undergraduate studies.
- “Applications of molecular quantum technology” (127447) – 2 credit points
- c. “Quantum Technology lab A” (126604)- 2 credit points OR
“Quantum Technology lab B (126605)* 4 credit points
* lab will be opened only for three years degree graduates
- 4 additional points (1.5 for graduates of the four years degree) from one of the following courses:
- “Biophotochemistry and quantum properties” (127450)- 2 credit points
- “Quantum control & measurement in P Chem” (127452)- 3 credit points
- “Physical chemistry of quantum materials” (127451)- 3 credit points
- “Advanced experimental methods in NR” (128429)- 2 credit points
- “Noisy quantum computing“(116037)- 2 credit points
- “Advanced quantum information theory” (116040) )- 2 credit points
- “quantum of radiation and matter” (118137)- 3.5 credit points