Owen J. Curnow

University of Canterbur, New Zealand


Dr Curnow obtained his Bsc(tech) and MSc first class degrees at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1991 under the supervision of M. David Curtis. His PhD thesis was primarily on the chemistry of heterobimetallic (Co/Mo) sulfide clusters relevant to hydrodesulfurization (HDS). A postdoctoral position at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, with Russell Hughes was undertaken in 1992 (the first ever perfluorocyclopentadienide complex, Cp*Ru(C5F5), was prepared during this period) and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship followed in 1993 with Gottfried Huttner at the University of Heidelberg (the first indium inidene complex). Dr Curnow has been at the University of Canterbury since 1994 where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. Most of his research has been in the area of organometallic coordination and cluster chemistry with a focus on ferrocene compounds, particularly the diindenyl analogues. Recently, his research direction has moved to a new class of ionic liquids based on the triaminocyclopropenium cation and the first paper in this area appeared in Chem. Comm. in 2011. Other areas of interest include the halide hydrates and hypervalent molecules.

Biography Updated on 2 April 2012

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