PLEASE NOTE:   I am not currently involved in research.    




*      My Ph.D. research was conducted at the University of British Columbia, in the field of inorganic coordination chemistry.  I worked on synthesizing photoluminescent transition-metal complexes whose light emission properties changed when reacted with small molecules.  These complexes were being investigated because of their potential for application as molecule-based chemical sensors for substances such as carbon monoxide.  One ruthenium complex I synthesized contained a ligand with a pendant fluorescent pyrene unit, whose luminescence switched from dim indigo-blue pyrene emission to intense green-blue “pyrene-excimer” emission when exposed to carbon monoxide.


Research on this and related projects continues in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Wolf in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.  Check out his website - follow the links from to the faculty’s web pages and the Wolf research group’s home page.


You can also read about this research in the following published articles:


C.W. Rogers and M.O. Wolf.  (2002)  "Luminescent molecular sensors based on analyte coordination to transition metal complexes."  Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 233-234, 241-350.


C.W. Rogers and M.O. Wolf.  (2002)  "Dramatic luminescence response to carbon monoxide by a Ru(II) complex containing a hemilabile phosphine pyrenyl-ether."  Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 41(11), 1898-1900.


C.W. Rogers, Y. Zhang, B.O. Patrick, W.E. Jones, Jr. and M.O. Wolf.  (2002)  "Photophysical effect of the coordination of water by Ru(II) bipyridyl complexes containing hemilabile phosphine-ether ligands."  Inorganic Chemistry, 41(5), 1162-1169.


C.W. Rogers, B.O. Patrick, S.J. Rettig and M.O. Wolf.  (2001)  "Ligand-assisted O-dealkylation of bipyridyl Ru(II) phosphine-ether complexes."  Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 1278-1283.


C.W. Rogers and M.O. Wolf.  (1999)  "Towards multianalyte molecule-based sensors:  reactivity and photophysical behaviour of hemilabile ligand-containing Ru(II) bipyridyl complexes."  Chemical Communications, 22, 2297-2298.



Other research I’ve been involved with:


T.A.E. Loss, C.W. Rogers and M. O. Wolf.  (1998)  "Composite poly(p-phenylenevinylene)-Nafion thin films."  Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 76(11), 1554-1558.


C. Kerst, C.W. Rogers, R. Ruffolo and W.J. Leigh.  (1997)  "Direct detection and characterization of a transient 1-silaallene derivative in solution."  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 119, 466-471.



Last updated Wednesday, 12 July 2006