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The Department at Brock University provides facilities for students intending to work towards their Master's and/or Doctoral degrees in Chemistry. Faculty members specialize in Organic/Bio-organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical/Theoretical Chemistry.


Research fields are currently represented at the Brock University, Chemistry degree:

Organic chemistry

Synthesis of biologically active and medicinally important compounds including heterocyclic, aromatic and aliphatic systems, opiate alkaloids, anticancer compounds, and carbohydrates; enantioselective synthesis, organometallic catalyst design and synthesis; new approaches to natural product synthesis; cycloaddition reactions; computational methods; chemoenzymatic asymmetric synthesis; biotransformations using whole cells and enzymes; chiral synthon production; organic electrochemistry, isotopically labelled compounds; fluorescent nucleic acids and lipids for bioanalytical applications and microscopy; affinity labels and bioconjugates; protein and nucleic acid chemistry and biochemistry, protein-membrane interactions.

Inorganic chemistry

Organometallic research including the syntheses of new transition metal and main-group element compounds and investigation of their structures and catalytic activity; study of mechanisms of catalysis via kinetic measurements and labelling experiments; ligand design to provide new structures and reactivity; nonclassical interligand interactions as models for metal mediated transformations of organic molecules. Coordination chemistry and inorganic materials research that includes the synthesis and magnetochemical characterization of molecule-based magnetic materials with a focus on high-spin molecules, such as single-molecule, single-ion and single-chain magnets.

Within the field of coordination chemistry, research emphasis is placed on ligand design, aimed at the synthesis of dual property molecule-based magnets that include magnetic conductors and chiral spin crossover complexes. The characterization of magnetic coordination complexes by X-ray crystallography. The synthesis and characterization of organosulfur donors for applications as the semi-conducting components of organic electronic devices.

Bioinorganic chemistry research includes the synthesis of macrocyclic ligands for the development of Mn (II) and Gd(III) MRI contrast agents, as well as the synthesis and investigation of analogues of the oxygen-evolving complex found on the donor side of photosystem II. Studies also include the influence of paramagnetic transition metal ions such as CU2+ and VO2+ on the excited state dynamics of porphyrin-based photosynthesis model systems. Research in analytical chemistry includes development of methods for determination of major, trace, and ultra-trace elements in mineral and ore samples as well as in environmental matrices.

Physical and computational methods

Statistical mechanical investigations of biologically-relevant molecules via Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations; molecular modelling for structural analysis and applications of pattern recognition to problems of chemical interest (e.g. quantitative-structure activity relationships (QSAR), comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA), and molecular dynamics trajectory analysis); solving the Schroedinger Equation by using computer simulation (quantum Monte Carlo) methods; computational tools to explore the structure of proteins; modern time-resolved electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy to study the structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centres and porphyrin-based model systems; theoretical and experimental work on the spin polarization and spin dynamics of coupled triplet-doublet pairs in copper and vanadyl porphyrins; study of reaction mechanisms using theory; rationalization and prediction of stereoselectivity of catalytic asymmetric reactions using computational theory.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantum Chemistry: Theory
  • Quantum Chemistry: Applications
  • Advanced Topics in Photobiology
  • Special Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Computational Chemistry: Applications in Biotechnology
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms

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  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Applications are considered when received. 


60 alternative credits


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General requirements

To be considered for admission to a Master’s program, a student will normally hold a four year degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university with a minimum 75% (mid-B) average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.

You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
  • Three references are required.
  • Statement of Research Interest: No more than two pages in length
  • Although not a requirement, we encourage students who have been trained outside of North America to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in Chemistry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2725 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    5450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2725 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for St. Catharines

1015 - 1615 CAD /month
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