The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study and research leading to
the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. A wide range of research projects is available in
analytical, inorganic, materials, organic, physical and wood chemistry. In addition,
many of our faculty are actively engaged in interdisciplinary research projects.
The general requirements for admission to programs leading to advanced degrees
are described in the general section of this catalog. Candidates for advanced
degrees in the Department of Chemistry normally are expected to have completed
the minimum undergraduate program established by the American Chemical Society
Committee on Professional Training.
The graduate program in chemistry may include any chemistry courses numbered
above 500, along with certain courses numbered between 400 and 500 if approved
by the student’s advisory committee, or in the first semester of study, by the
graduate executive committee of the department. Graduate courses in chemistry
include advanced analytical techniques, synthesis, and reaction mechanisms in
organic chemistry, molecular modeling and computer simulation methods, physical
inorganic and inorganic reaction mechanisms, organometallics, molecular spectroscopy
and statistical thermodynamics, and wood chemistry. Special topics courses and
seminar courses are also offered. Suitable courses in other departments such as
Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics may also
be included in a student’s program of study. Thesis-based research is an integral
part of the student’s training. Research normally comprises about one-half of
the 30 semester hours required in a master’s degree program and about two-thirds
of the work in a doctoral program.
Placement examinations are given to each entering graduate student and are used
as a guide in determining the program of study. Comprehensive examinations are
part of the doctoral program as described in the general regulations of the Graduate
Candidates for the Ph.D. should have scientific reading knowledge of one language,
selected from German, Russian, French, or Japanese. No formal language exam is
Graduate assistants usually require two years to complete the requirements for
a master’s degree. The minimum time for completion of requirements for the doctorate
is six semesters of full-time study and research beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Four years usually are required.
Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students.
The Five-Year BS-MS degree program allows highly qualified undergraduates of
The University of Maine to earn Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees
in five years instead of the normal six-year period. It is designed for a small
number of very able students who wish to prepare for graduate school or medical
school, or for direct employment where a master’s degree has become a distinct
advantage in seeking professional positions in industry. Some electives for the
bachelor’s degree are replaced by courses in chemistry which count toward the
graduate degree. Further information about research projects and curriculum requirements
is available from the Chair of the Chemistry Department and the department web
Barbara J. W. Cole, Ph.D. (Washington, 1986), Professor and Chair. Wood and paper chemistry, carbohydrates,
lignin, biologically active plant extracts.
François G. Amar, Ph.D. (Chicago, 1979), Associate Professor. Computer simulation of reaction
dynamics in molecular and ionic clusters, theory of melting, properties of Van
der Waals clusters, mixed quantum/classical dynamics.
Alice E. Bruce, Ph.D. (Columbia Univ., 1985), Associate Professor. Inorganic, organometallic
and bioinorganic chemistry; synthesis, structure and reactivity of gold(I) complexes;
metal-containing liquid crystals; formation and reactivity of gold clusters.
Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Ph.D. (Columbia Univ., 1985), Associate Professor. Inorganic chemistry, reaction
mechanisms, chemical and electrochemical redox processes, gold(I) sulfur chemistry,
mercury electrochemistry, activation of small molecules, electronic structure
and reaction pathways of bioinorganic and organometallic complexes.
Scott D. Collins, Ph.D. (Brigham Young Univ., 1980), Associate Professor and Member, Laboratory
for Surface Science and Technology (LASST). Microfabrication and sensors, electrochemistry
of semiconductors, spectroscopy and fractal phase transitions.
Raymond C. Fort, Jr., Ph.D. (Princeton, 1964), Professor. Computational organic and biochemistry;
Brian G. Frederick, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1991), Assistant Professor and Member, LASST. Surface chemistry
and physics of semiconducting oxide sensors and molecular electronics. High throughput
time-of-flight electron and mass spectrometer development.
Alla Gamarnik, Ph.D. (UCLA, 1993), Assistant Professor. Molecular electronic devices, surface
organic photochemistry, photochemistry in polymeric media.
Bruce L. Jensen, Ph.D. (Western Michigan, 1970), Associate Professor. Synthesis of heterocyclic
and natural products of medicinal interest. Study of halonium ion rearrangements
and chiral allylsilicon reagents. Curriculum development in the undergraduate
Howard H. Patterson, Ph.D. (Brandeis, 1968), Professor. Inorganic, bioinorganic and environmental
chemistry. Photocatalytic reactions with silver doped zeolites. Clustering and
exciplex behavior of gold (I) and silver (I) complexes. Optical Memory.
Jayendran C. Rasaiah, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, 1965), Professor. Statistical mechanics of electrolytes
and polar fluids. Computer simulation studies of solutions. Fluctuation dominated
kinetics in heterogeneous media. Theory of electron transfer reactions. Molecular
Touradj Solouki, Ph.D. (Texas A & M, 1994), Assistant Professor. Structural mass spectrometry
by matrix-assisted laser desorption and electro-spray ionization FT ion cyclotron
Carl P. Tripp, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa, 1988), Associate Professor and Member, LASST.
Surface chemistry of materials, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, chemical sensors,
biosensors, sol-gel synthesis of metal oxides, polyelectrolyte/surfactant adsorption
on surfaces, silane reactions on metal oxides, molecular studies of paper coatings,
electroluminescent devices, supercritical fluids.