The master of
science (M.S.) in chemistry program is designed to accommodate a wide variety
of students with diverse backgrounds and needs. The department includes several
world-renowned chemical research laboratories, where students can learn
state-of-the-art techniques from professors and staff. Students may be either
full time or part time, as the majority of courses meet in the evening. Many
students are already working full time, often for chemical companies, and wish
to upgrade their existing qualifications. Others are full time, concentrating
on research, and often continuing on to doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs
after their master's. The program can be completed within approximately two
years by full-time students, or longer by part-time students. Courses range
from traditional lectures and labs to full research courses. The skills learned
by graduate students will enhance their value in industry, government, and
academia. Most members of the graduate faculty are affiliated with Ph.D.
programs at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (Chemistry) or Rutgers
University-Camden (Computational and Integrative Biology) campuses, so students
can continue on to Ph.D. work with the same adviser on the Camden campus.
interests of the department are diverse and include cheminformatics
(computational toxicology, computer-aided drug discovery), biochemistry (DNA
nanostructures, enzymology), analytical and physical chemistry (microfluidics,
microfabrication, forensic DNA), organic chemistry (synthesis of organofluorine
compounds), inorganic chemistry (synthesis and characterization of conducting
and electroactive polymers), physical chemistry (adsorption and
photocatalysis), and theoretical organic chemistry (reaction
mechanisms, molecular modeling). Faculty and students participate in national
and international conferences, and scientific results are published in refereed
journals. Equipment currently used in the department includes a 400 MHz NMR
spectrometer; a triple-quadruple HPLC-MS; a triple quadrupole GC-MS; thermal
analysis (TGA and DSC); an atomic force microscope (AFM); infrared, Raman, and
confocal fluorescence microscopes; UV-VIS and fluorescent spectrometers; a high-performance computing cluster for molecular modeling and visualization; and multiprocessor
Unix computer systems.
Support in the
form of teaching and research assistantships is available for students.
information is available at the chemistry department website
or by calling 856-225-6142.