American University of Beirut

Department of Chemistry

Chairperson:Patra, Digambara J.
Al-Ghoul, Mazen H.; Bouhadir, Kamal H.; El-Rassy, Houssam T.; Ghaddar, Tarek H.; Ghauch, Antoine R.; Halaoui, Lara I.; Hasanayn, Faraj A.; Kaafarani, Bilal R.; Patra, Digambara J.; Sultan, Rabih F. 
Associate Professors:Karam, Pierre M.; Hmadeh, Mohamad A.
Abi Rafii, Randa A.; Deeb, Hana H.; Sadek, Samar A.​

​MS in Chemistry

The department offers the MS degree in Chemistry. Graduate students may specialize in analytical, inorganic, organic or physical chemistry. Of the minimum 21 graduate course credits required for the MS degree, a minimum of 6 credits must be graduate courses in the concentration field of chemistry, and 6 credits must be graduate courses in chemistry outside the student’s field of specialization. CHEM 361 is a requ​irement for all graduate students. A 9-credit thesis, CHEM 399, is required.

The research interests of the chemistry faculty include synthetic heterocyclic chemistry, synthesis of biomaterials for drug delivery and synthesis of carbocyclic DNA analogs; reactive intermediates; cage compounds; coordination and organometallic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry; photocatalysis; photoelectrochemistry of semiconductors; synthesis, assembly and physical properties of nanostructured materials; surface chemistry; irreversible nonequilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; nonlinear dynamics in chemistry; generalized hydrodynamics; chemical waves; patterns and fractals in precipitate and metal electro-deposition systems; laboratory and field investigations of atmospheric chemistry processes; design and synthesis of dyes for dye sensitized solar cells; self-assembled mono-layers (SAMs) of bioactive mater​ial and poly-peptides on metal surfaces; study of electronic structure of unsaturated transition metal complexes and their reactions; discotic liquid crystals; synthesis of electron-deficient materials for organic electronics and opto-electronics applications; organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs); organic field effect transistors (OFETs); organic solar cells; molecular recognition; solid-state stacking of organic materials; biocatalysis; control of inorganic phase growth; developing new probe molecules based on nanocapsules, nanocrystals, curcurmin and PAHs for physical and biophysical studies; fluorescence sensing and spectroscopic investigation on multi-component analysis and biosensor development; fluorescence spectroscopy, imaging and applications; hybrid solid materials; luminescence, solid surface room temperature phosphorescence (SS-RTP) and diffuse reflectance spectrometry (DRS); monitoring of organic and inorganic pollutants in industrial effluent under rigorous conditions; nanoscopy and single molecule studies in physical and biophysical chemistry; new​ methods for depollution of water contaminated by organic pollutants; photophysical and biophysical chemistry; probe chemistry; use of the reductive properties of Zero Valent Iron for the degradation of pesticides and chlorinated organic compounds in water; renewable energy, biosensing and photochemistry at the single molecule level.

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