Courses Taught by Dr. Samia at CWRU


CHEM111: Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (4 credit hours)

A first course in university chemistry emphasizing chemistry of materials for engineering students.  Atomic theory and quantitative relationships; gas laws and kinetic theory; solutions, acid-base properties and pH; thermodynamics and equilibrium; kinetics, catalysis, and mechanisms; molecular structure and bonding. Recommended preparation: One year of high school chemistry or permission of department.

CHEM 304: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (4 credit hours)

A one-semester laboratory course involving quantitative chemical measurements, error analysis and advanced concepts in ionic equilibria. Electrogravimetic and volumetric analysis; separation techniques; metal complexation. Basic chemical instrumentation.

CHEM310: Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (3 credit hours)

A one-semester lecture covering classical and modern aspects of the analytical process; analysis requirements, method selection including capabilities and limitations, sampling and sample processing, measurement data statistics for evaluation of precision and accuracy, method validation, and reporting.  Fundamental concepts in equilibrium thermodynamics are covered in the context of chemical analysis.  Methods based on titration, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, and mass spectrometry are emphasized.

CHEM341/441: Functional Nanomaterials (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to introduce important concepts on the fundamental physical and chemical properties of technologically important nanometer scale materials. The course will cover an overview of the scientific principles pertaining to new properties at the nanoscale; synthesis and characterization tools; and existing and emerging applications of nanomaterials. It will center on current research developments on major classes of functional nanomaterials, including plasmonic nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanomagnets, carbon nanotubes, nanocatalysts and hybrid inorganic/organic nanostructures. In addition an emphasis will be placed on understanding the broader societal, economical and environmental impact of the scientific and technological advances brought forward by nanotechnology. Offered as CHEM 341 and CHEM 441.

CHEM 506: Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Biomedical Applications (3 credit hours)

This course covers the synthesis, characterization and a diverse range of applications of nanomaterials.