Researcher

Dr Ron Haines

My Expertise

Chemical reaction kinetics, computer applications in chemistry, chemical education. 

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Biography

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...view more

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-supervisor 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).


My Qualifications

  • B. Sc. in Pure and Applied Chemistry (Hons 1, University Medal, UNSW, 1978)
  • Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry (UNSW, 1982)

My Awards

  • Vice-Chancellor's award for Teaching Excellence 2011.
  • Vice-Chancellor's team award for Teaching Excellence 2016.

My Research Activities

My Research Goals

  • Predict the effect of ionic liquids on reaction rates and products
  • Improve the learning experience in first year chemistry laboratories

My Research in Detail

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 Engagement

  • Support and supervision of the RACI Titration Competition
  • Providing advice to prospective students at Open Day, Advising Day, and Courses and Careers Day.

My Teaching

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).

Courses I currently teach

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.

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Location

Room 128, Dalton Building

Contact

+61-2-9385 4718