Researcher

Dr Ron Haines

My Expertise

Computer applications in chemistry

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

BIOGRAPHY

 

Description

My interests are in understanding chemical reactions at the molecular level and in chemical education, in particular the application of information technology in laboratory instruction.

Education

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

 

RESEARCH

 

My Research Goals

  • Predict the effect of ionic liquids on reaction rates and products
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BIOGRAPHY

 

Description

My interests are in understanding chemical reactions at the molecular level and in chemical education, in particular the application of information technology in laboratory instruction.

Education

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

 

RESEARCH

 

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 Dr 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.

Current Student Projects (Ph. D. and Honours)

Sinead Keaveney - Understanding and predicting organic reactions outcomes in ionic liquids. (Ph. D. student co-supervised with Dr Jason Harper)

Supervision Opportunities/Areas

In addition to the areas listed above I have in the past co-supervised students in other disciplines (e.g. Computer Science) where the student wanted a multi-disciplinary project and had some chemistry background.

Advice for prospective students

For any study in chemistry make sure you have a good background in maths, physics, and chemistry at high school and study these areas in first year at university. When you approach the time to take on a research project talk to as many staff and research students as you can to find a supervisor and project you feel comfortable with.

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

 

Courses I teach

CHEM1001 Introductory Chemistry

CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules, and Energy

CHEM1831 Chemistry for Health, Exercise, and Medical Science

CHEM2011 Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy, and Change

CHEM3011 Physical Chemistry: Materials, Structure, and Function

CEIC1001 Engineering Chemistry

MATS2008 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria

I am the First Year Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator and the course coordinator for CHEM2011.

Professional affiliations and service positions

Support and supervision of the RACI Titration Competition

Providing advice to prospective students at Open Day, Advising Day, and Courses and Careers Day.

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Vice-Chancellor's award for Teaching Excellence 2011.

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Contact

9385 4718