Synthesis of bodipy based compounds - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Gonzalo Cosa

Supervisor's Email: gonzalo.cosa [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 15143986932

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Chemistry

Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Synthesis of bodipy based compounds

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The student will work on the synthesis and characterization of fluorescent compounds based on bodipy dyes. Specifically, the proposed project will involve developing new borodipyrromethene dyes with different substitution patterns in their backbone that will yield a suite of dyes absorbing and emitting in different regions of the visible spectrum, and capable of sensitizing singlet oxygen. The project will require the synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and reactivity studies of the new compounds, to be carried out by the student enrolled in this project.

Prerequisite: 2 terms completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%).

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Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals; using lasers.