Room 2.18, Riggs Building
School of Biological, Biomedical, and Molecular Sciences
The University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia
Telephone: +61 (2) 6773 2470
Fax: +61 (2) 6773 3268
"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. Everything else is poetry, imagination."
- Max Planck
What is this
These were once my semi-official web pages, but I took them down in a fit of petulance at the end of 2005. I thought I ought to put them back up in an entirely unofficial location, but as it transpires most of the information on them is now (not surprisingly) well out of date. So I intend to update them little by little, until they have a reasonable amount of content again.
We tend to think of chemists as people who make molecules, but I am not really interested in making new macromolecules. I am interested in the chemistry of how macromolecules are made, and why they do what they do once they are made. Molecules are not balls on sticks or collections of letters and numbers on a page, but entities that are dynamic, flexible, and ever changing. The larger the molecule, the harder this is to ignore.
My core expertise is in free-radical polymerisation (the chemical process used to make polystyrene, PVC (poly(vinyl chloride)), perspex (poly(methyl methacrylate)), and lots of other good things. I have also done a fair bit of work on synthetic flocculants, which are very large water-soluble polymers used to separate dispersions into a clear supernatant and a lot of junk on the bottom.
Here is my list of publications.Feel free to email me if you have any questions, or see if the answer to your question can be found through one of these links...