well over 40 years, my
research was mainly concerned with elucidating the Mechanisms of Organic
Chemical Reactions. I was
especially interested in reactions involving highly reactive
minority species, e.g. enols, enolates and enamines. My group's
projects often entailed the study of
transient intermediates through direct spectroscopic observation and/or
from the analysis of reaction kinetics. We showed that
the electrophilic bromination of many aromatic and heteroaromatic
compounds in aqueous solution involves at least two steps, and one or
more of these steps may be catalyzed by acids, bases,
metal ions, and/or complexing agents. My last research was
concerned with the effects of solvents or
host-guest binding on organic reactivity. I
was interested in Transition
State Stabilization arising from
solvent change or the binding of transition states to
(actual or potential) such as dendrimers, micelles
and cyclodextrins ("nanobuckets").
In effect, our work delved
into the origins of Supramolecular
Catalysis. For more details
click on one of the links below.
should note that I
doing research in 2005, so
please do not write to me looking for a position.
please check out the
POMs Blog, below.
the years 1970-2002, I taught a wide variety of undergraduate
and graduate courses in the
areas of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, heterocyclic
and especially in physical organic chemistry.
Born in Northampton, England (1941).
B.Sc., Leicester University,
U.K. (1963); M.Sc., McMaster University,
Canada (1965); Ph.D., University of East Anglia, U.K. (1968);
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada (1968-70);
Fellow of the Chemical
Institute of Canada (1993).
George Williams University, Montreal: Assistant Professor
Concordia University, Montreal: Associate Professor
Professor (1983-2000); Professor Emeritus (2000-2002); Distinguished
Professor Emeritus (2002 - ...
Professor: University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S.A. (1978-79);
University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France (1985-86);
Toronto (1992-93); Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National
University, Canberra, Australia (1999-2000).
Issue of the FREE electronic journal Arkivoc
was published in my honour in 2001 (issue #12,
2002, a profile was published in the Concordia University Arts
& Science Magazine, Panorama (see