Teaching at USC

CHEM 322: Analytical Chemistry

This introductory course in analytical chemistry for majors is designed to delve into various topics, including experimental design, sampling, calibration strategies, standardization, optimization, statistics, and the validation of experimental results. It encompasses both quantitative analysis and analytical chemistry, aiming to equip students with the skills to evaluate quantitative and qualitative data for determining the identity, characteristics, and quantities of molecules in samples. Upon completing this course, students will possess the ability to apply general chemical principles to perform these tasks. They will have gained significant hands-on laboratory experience, mastering the mechanics of analytical techniques, and will be adept at expressing the certainty of their measurements. Specifically, at the end of this course, students should be familiar with the following topics: (1) the basic equipment and mathematical tools of analytical chemistry including significant figures, units, and stoichiometry, (2) the statistical analysis of data, (3) methods for calibrating equipment and standardizing methods, (4) introduction to equilibrium chemistry, (5) electrochemistry, (6) spectroscopy and detectors, (7) mass spectrometry, and (8) separation methods and chromatography.

CHEM 721: Electroanalytical Chemistry

The objective of this graduate-level course is to offer a comprehensive overview of both traditional and contemporary electroanalytical chemistry, with a primary focus on fundamental principles and practical applications. The class is structured to familiarize students with thermodynamics and kinetics of electron transfer, electrochemical reaction mechanisms, and various electroanalytical techniques. Key topics covered in the course encompass a range of voltammetric and amperometric techniques, electrochemical reaction mechanisms, and the utilization of modified electrodes. Additionally, the curriculum delves into modern electrochemical technologies and applications, such as electrochemical sensors, redox flow cells and batteries, fuel cells, and electrosynthesis. The course also explores recent advancements in these areas to ensure students are up-to-date with the latest developments in electroanalytical chemistry.