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Zhang, Wei Professor

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Research

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  • In general, Dr. Zhang's research program utilizes the tools of organic synthesis and physical chemistry, through rational molecular design, to develop novel functional materials (organic or hybrid nanocomposites) with potential applications in carbon capture, molecular separation, controlled nanoparticle synthesis, catalysis, energy storage, light harvesting, and nanomedicine.

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  • organic porous materials, carbon capture, dynamic covalent chemistry, alkyne metathesis, olefin metathesis, imine metathesis, organic nanotube, 2D shape-persistent macrocycles, 3D shape-persistent molecular cages, nanocomposites, self-healing materials, malleable thermosets, biomass polymers, transmembrane channel, nanomedicine, artificial photosynthesis, energy storage

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • CHEM 3321 - Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Lab. Instruction in experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, and aromatic compounds. Stereochemical modeling and the identification of organic unknowns by spectroscopic and chemical methods are also introduced. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 3311 or CHEM 3451. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEM 3361.
  • CHEM 3331 - Organic Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Lect. and rec. Intended primarily for nonmajors. Topics include structure and reactions of alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones, and amines; introduction to the chemistry of heterocycles, carbohydrates, and amino acids; nomenclature of organic compounds; synthesis; and reaction mechanisms. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 3341 or CHEM 3381. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 3471 or BCHM 3491.
  • CHEM 3341 - Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Lab. For biochemistry and nonchemistry majors. Instruction in experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing reactions involving alcohols, ketones, carboxylic acids, and their derivatives. Multistep syntheses are also introduced. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 3331 or CHEM 3471 or CHEM 3491.
  • CHEM 3361 - Laboratory in Organic Chemistry 1 for Chemistry Majors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Lab. Required course for chemistry majors. Instruction in experimental techniques of modern organic chemistry emphasizing chemical separations and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ketones, and alkyl halides. Explores stereochemical modeling and the chemical identification of organic unknowns. Department enforced corequsite: CHEM 3351 or CHEM 3311 or CHEM 3451. Degree credit not granted for this course and CHEM 3321.
  • CHEM 4261 - Organic Materials: Structures and Functions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Overview of the preparation and functioning mechanism of novel organic materials that have recently been developed, including conductive polymers, 2-D macrocyclic structures, 3-D molecular cages, molecular machines/muscles/switches, fullerene derivatives and carbon nanotube composites. Emphasizes the use of organic and physical chemistry as tools to develop novel materials and probe their structure-property relationship. Same as CHEM 5261.
  • CHEM 5261 - Organic Materials: Structures and Functions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Overview of the preparation and functioning mechanism of novel organic materials that have recently been developed, including conductive polymers, 2-D macrocyclic structures, 3-D molecular cages, molecular machines/muscles/switches, fullerene derivatives and carbon nanotube composites. Emphasizes the use of organic and physical chemistry as tools to develop novel materials and probe their structure-property relationship. Same as CHEM 4261.
  • CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.

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