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Laura L. Serbulea

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Chemistry
Office location and address
Room 469, Chemistry Building
409 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Professor Serbulea is teaching organic chemistry courses, including the accelerated organic chemistry lectures and laboratories. She is actively involved in the development of the organic chemistry curriculum, focusing on improving the coordination between the topics in the lecture course and the experiments that are carried out in the laboratory. In the accelerated organic chemistry laboratories, students gain hands-on experience in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of organic compounds using modern analytical instruments and laboratory equipment.

Laura Serbulea earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Bucharest, Romania, and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2012. Her research interests are in the area of computational drug design targeting G-protein coupled receptors, and investigation of organic reaction mechanisms using computational methods.

CHEM 1820: Principles of Organic Chemistry (Accelerated)
Credits: 3
Seeks to understand elementary reaction types as a function of chemical structure by emphasizing organic compounds. Topics include acid-base, nucleophilic substitution, oxidation-reduction, electrophilic addition, elimination, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, aromaticity, and molecular spectroscopy. Prerequisite: CHEM 1810 w/grade C or higher. CHEM 1821, 2411, or 2311 may be taken concurrently or after completing CHEM 1820. Drop or withdrawal from CHEM 1820, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1821/2411/2311.
CHEM 1821: Principles of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Accelerated)
Credits: 3
Introduction to organic laboratory techniques, organic synthesis, spectroscopic characterization of organic compounds, and qualitative organic analysis. One hour lab lecture and four hour laboratory meets weekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 1811. CHEM 1820 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 1821. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1820, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 1821.
CHEM 2311: Organic Chem Lab I for Non-Chemistry Majors/Minors
Credits: 1
Focuses on the development of skills in methods of preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds. This course is designed for students who are pre-health students and NOT chemistry majors/minors. Prerequisite: CHEM 1421, 1621, or 1811. CHEM 2410 or 1820 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 2311. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2410/1820, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2311.
CHEM 2321: Organic Chem Lab II for Non-Chemistry Majors/Minors
Credits: 1
Focuses on the development of skills in methods of preparation, purification and identification of organic compounds. One hour lab lecture and four hour laboratory meets biweekly. This course is designed for students who are pre-health students but NOT chemistry majors/minors. Prerequisite: CHEM 2311 or 2411. CHEM 2420 or 2810 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 2321. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2420 or 2810, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2321.
CHEM 2410: Organic Chemistry I
Credits: 3
Surveys the compounds of carbon in relation to their structure, identification, synthesis, natural occurrence, and mechanisms of reactions. Three class hours; Discussion requirement at the discretion of instructor. CHEM 1420 or 1620. CHEM 2311 or 2411 may be taken concurrently or after CHEM 2410. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2410, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2311/2411. C or better required for CHEM 2420.
CHEM 2420: Organic Chemistry II
Credits: 3
Survey of the principle classes of organic and bioorganic compounds in relation to their structure, identification, synthesis, natural occurrence, reactivity, and mechanisms of reactions. Prerequisite: CHEM 2410 or 1820. CHEM 2321 or 2421 may be taken concurrently or after completing CHEM 2420. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2420, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2321/2421.
CHEM 2810: Principles of Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry
Credits: 3
Continued exploration of organic reactions and structures initiated in CHEM 1820. Includes electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic addition, nucleophilic acyl substitution, organometallic compounds, carbohydrates, lipids, peptides, proteins, and nucleic acids. Prerequisite: CHEM 1820. CHEM 2811, 2421, or 2321 may be taken concurrently or after CHEM 2810. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2810, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2811/2421/2321.
CHEM 2811: Principles of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory (Accelerated)
Credits: 3
Further development of the laboratory skills acquired in CHEM 1821, for the organic synthesis (including multistep synthesis) of compounds such as esters, amides, peptides, polymers, organometallics. Extensive hands-on experience using spectroscopic (NMR, IR, UV) and chromatographic methods for the characterization of organic compounds. One hour lab lecture and four hours laboratory meets weekly. Prerequisite: CHEM 1821. CHEM 2810 must be taken concurrently or prior to CHEM 2811. Drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2810, requires drop/withdrawal from CHEM 2811.
CHEM 3951: Undergraduate Research I
Credits: 1–3
Introduces the methods of research that include use of the research literature and instruction in basic experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques. Students can conduct their research within the Dept of Chemistry or in a related science with approval. Under the supervision of faculty but may work closely with a Post-Doc or graduate student.
CHEM 3961: Undergraduate Research II
Credits: 3
Student continues to build on their knowledge of the methods of research including the use of research literature and instruction in more advanced experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques. Students can conduct their research within the Dept of Chemistry or in a related science with approval. Under the supervision of faculty but may work closely with a Post-Doc or graduate student.
CHEM 4951: Undergraduate Research III
Credits: 3
Student continues to build on their knowledge of the methods of research including the use of research literature and instruction in more advanced experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques. Students can conduct their research within the Dept of Chemistry or in a related science with approval. Under the supervision of faculty but may work closely with a Post-Doc or graduate student.
CHEM 4961: Undergraduate Research IV
Credits: 3
Student continues to build on their knowledge of the methods of research including the use of research literature and instruction in more advanced experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques. Students can conduct their research within the Dept of Chemistry or in a related science with approval. Under the supervision of faculty but may work closely with a Post-Doc or graduate student.
CHEM 4971: Distinguished Majors Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Independent research, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers, toward the DMP thesis.