I obtained B. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from UNSW and did a postdoc working with Prof. Brian Orr on time resolved laser spectroscopy. I was appointed as a tutor in chemistry and established one of the first courses in Australia on computer applications in chemistry at a time when computers where first finding their way into chemistry laboratories. In the years since then my interests have broadened to include chemical education and the role of technology in education. My background in physical chemistry has allowed me to co-supervise several Ph. D. students in the area of reaction kinetics and ionic liquids. I am currently the First Year Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and Chemistry IT Coordinator.
In addition to my academic publications I was also a contributing author and chemistry consultant for "Scientifica - The comprehensive guide to the world of science" (Millennium House, Sydney, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-921209-22-2).
1. I collaborate with Assoc. Prof. Jason Harper on projects aimed at understanding the processes in chemical reactions at the molecular level, in particular the effect of carrying out reactions in ionic liquids. Ionic liquids are potential replacements for conventional solvents in the chemical industry, which would reduce pollution and costs.
2. I am interested in using technology to improve the student learning experience in Chemistry laboratory classes, for example by providing content on iPads in the laboratory which supplements the traditional emphasis on laboratory skills.
My Research Supervision
Alyssa Gilbert - Development of predictive framework for solvent effects in ionic liquids - Thesis submitted (Ph. D. student co-supervised with Assoc. Prof. Jason Harper)
Kenny T. C. Liu - Controlling reactivity and selectivity of substitution reactions using ionic liquids (Ph. D. student co-supervised with Assoc. Prof. Jason Harper)
Matthew D. Taylor - Investigating the effects of mixtures of ionic liquids on reaction outcomes (Ph. D. student co-supervised with Assoc. Prof. Jason Harper)
I have taught in most areas of first year chemistry (atomic and molecular structure, intermolecular forces, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, kinetics) and higher year physical chemistry (thermodynamics, kinetics, electrochemistry, surfaces, symmetry, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy).
CHEM1001 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules, and Energy
CHEM1831 Chemistry for Health, Exercise, and Medical Science
CHEM3011 Quantum Nature of Molecules: from Earth to Space
MATS2008 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
I am the First Year Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator.