Analytical chemistry spans nearly all areas of chemistry but involves the development of tools and methods to measure physical properties of substances and apply those techniques to the identification of their presence (qualitative analysis) and quantify the amount present (quantitative analysis) of species in a wide variety of settings.
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Chemical Biology research uses the tools of chemistry and synthesis to understand biology and disease pathways at the molecular level. Advanced Biological Chemistry interests include diverse topics such as nucleic acids, DNA repair, bioconjugate chemistry, peptides and peptidomimetics, glycoscience, biomolecular structure and function, imaging, and biological catalysis. Biophysical Chemistry represents the union of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology using a variety of experimental and theoretical approaches to understand the structure and function of biological systems.
The ChemWiki project is a new approach toward chemistry education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written partly by students and partly by faculty members resulting in a free Chemistry textbook to supplement or supplant conventional paper-based books. Anyone can view, although a freely available account is required to edit the site modules.
The materials here form a textbook for a course in mathematical probability and statistics for computer science students. Computer science examples are used throughout, in areas such as: computer networks; data and text mining; computer security; remote sensing; computer performance evaluation; software engineering; data management; etc.
Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the properties and reactivity of all chemical elements. Advanced interests focus on understanding the role of metals in biology and the environment, the design and properties of materials for energy and information technology, fundamental studies on the reactivity of main group and transition elements, and nanotechnology. Synthetic efforts are directed at hydrogen storage materials and thermoelectrics, catalysts for solar hydrogen generation, fullerenes and metal porphyrins, metal clusters and compounds with element-element bonds, as well as nanowires and nanoparticles.
Organic Chemistry research involves the synthesis of organic molecules and the study of their reaction paths, interactions, and applications. Advanced interests include diverse topics such as the development of new synthetic methods for the assembly of complex organic molecules and polymeric materials, organometallic catalysis, organocatalysis, the synthesis of natural and non-natural products with unique biological and physical properties, structure and mechanistic analysis, natural product biosynthesis, theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling, diversity-oriented synthesis, and carbohydrate synthesis.
Physical Chemistry is the application of physical principles and measurements to understand the properties of matter, as well as for the development of new technologies for the environment, energy and medicine. Advanced Physical Chemistry topics include different spectroscopic methods (Raman, ultrafast and mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic and electron paramagnetic resonance, x-ray absorption and atomic force microscopy) as well as theoretical and computational tools to provide atomic-level understanding for applications such as: nanodevices for bio-detection and receptors, interfacial chemistry of catalysis and implants, electron and proton transfer, protein function, photosynthesis and airborne particles in the atmosphere.
A convergence of factors contributed to a stable per capita energy demand over the past 30 years in California, as compared to dramatic increases nationwide. What does the future hold? (55 minutes)
Examine how consumer behavior is changing in response to new products and services enabled by smart technologies and what additional measures are needed to facilitate consumer acceptance and response, to engage businesses and drive the necessary commercial transactions for widespread acceptance of smart energy technology. (59 minutes)
Michael Siminovitch, Director of the California Lighting Technology Center, presents the interesting history of the compact fluorescent light. The discussion that follows includes Tim Tutt of the California Energy Commission and Michael Neils, of M. Neils Engineering. (83 minutes)
In 1974, the California Legislature adopted the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act. That ambitious statute created the California Energy Commission and, in the process, fundamentally re-ordered this stateŐs paradigm for developing energy policy. (76 minutes)
Thirty years ago California's per capita energy use flat-lined. Can we dramatically reduce our energy consumption to address climate change? Will economic factors propel or destroy our momentum? And, will the nation and the world follow California's lead? (74 minutes)
David Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council takes a look at the energy use of new appliances like refrigerators compared to the continued energy inefficiency of SUVs. Goldstein is a MacArthur fellow and the author of Saving Energy Growing Jobs. The discussion includes David Greene of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (56 minutes)
Are smart meters and smart appliances at the consumer level and smart installations at the commercial level making an impact on statewide consumption? Learn what the rollout of smart energy infrastructure in California is showing us and the vision for leveraging these investments to achieve deep energy savings. (56 minutes)
Will smart energy technology enable the state to meet its policy goals for reducing electricity use, peak load, carbon emissions and consumer energy costs? Discover what technical advances and policy decisions must be made to truly capitalize on the energy savings that smart infrastructure can deliver. (57 minutes)
Stephen Selkowitz of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory leads a group of architects, engineers and scientists who are studying all aspects of the thermal and daylighting performance of glazing materials and window systems. Learn how these windows may be incorporated into the energy efficiencies of buildings. John Mahoney of Chevron Energy Solutions contributes to the discussion. (79 minutes)
The advent of computers has revolutionized the approach toward understanding chemistry at a fundamental level far beyond what is capable with traditional pen and paper. Advanced Theoretical chemistry spans a wide range of theoretical and computational methods applied to chemical and biological systems including the development and application of quantum chemical and molecular mechanics simulation methods to diverse topics such as dynamic processes involved in the formation of nanomaterials; structures, dynamics and transport of ions through biological membranes; basic processes of electron-driven chemistry; biological electron and proton transfer processes; bonding and electronic structures of unusual inorganic and organic molecules; mechanisms of organic and organometallic reactions; and rational drug design.
This is an open licensed game where students are placed in a virtual laboratory where they must utilize molecular biology techniques to solve a forensic mystery. Over the course of seven episodes, students collect evidence, extract DNA, perform a southern blot, use PCR, and finally solve the crime. Usage of the software is free and educators are welcome to install the disks on multiple machines.
Virtual Plant Biotechnology and Genomics Laboratory immerses students in five different scenarios. In each case, students research and isolate a gene of interest, transform a virtual plant, and explore the controversial issues surrounding transgenic crops. In addition to gaining familiarity with equipment and techniques in the virtual lab, students are provided with topical readings, and background information. Use the Downloads "Currently Available Software" to download the games.
This course detials the nature and development of economies from pre-history to the Industrial Revolution. It explains how this was dramatically different from modern economies. Finally it considers what caused the Industrial Revolution, why it was in Europe, and why it was delayed till 1800.