Pretending to be an Organic Chemist

I love the diversity of people I can collaborate with at the University of Edinburgh. People do all kinds of neat stuff. One person who is particularly fun to collaborate with is Steve Thomas. We co-supervise a student together – and that student has just done a great thing… Get me to publish a paper in anContinue reading “Pretending to be an Organic Chemist”

Glen Briand and MtA

Congrats to Glen Briand, my indium collaborator at Mount Allison University. We screened some of Glen’s indium complexes for activity in ring-opening polymerisations of cyclic esters when we were still back in Canada and a paper based on these results has just been accepted in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. I miss good ol’ Mt.Continue reading “Glen Briand and MtA”

Genny and Canadian Chemistry

Congratulations to Genny Keefe (Team Canada, soon to be Team Edinburgh) and our collaborators from Dalhousie University (Jean-d’Amour and Bruce). Our paper has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. Two quick thoughts: (1) This is Genny’s first paper and captures work she did in between the 2nd and 3rd year ofContinue reading “Genny and Canadian Chemistry”

Under Pressure

I’ve just returned from a very rewarding trip to the Georg-August-Universitat Göttingen to visit the labs of Professor Michael Buback. Professor Buback is a world leader in understanding the kinetics of polymerization reactions – especially under extreme conditions. We are hoping that he can help us to understand the mechanisms behind some of our catalystsContinue reading “Under Pressure”