Owen Curnow

Associate ProfessorOwen Curnow

Beatrice Tinsley 420
Internal Phone: 94239

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Research interests include:
- New Ionic Liquids and their applications. We prepared the first examples of ionic liquids using triaminocyclopropenium salts. Have ongoing collaborative projects on lubricants, cellulose dissolution, carbon dioxide gas separation, zeolite synthesis, and battery electrode development.
- Polyhalides. We have prepared the first non-classical ternary polyhalides, such as [I2Br2Cl4]2–.
- Chloride hydrates. We have isolated the first discrete example of Cl(H2O)– as well as a number of discrete multi-chloride hydrates for the first time.
- Organometallic chemistry. Particular interests in metallocene complexes.

I also have interests in the teaching of Lewis Structures (see: https://owencurnow.wixsite.com/lewis-structures), hypervalent molecules and point group symmetry.

Recent Publications

  • Baranov A., Sommerhoff F., Duchemin B., Curnow O. and Staiger MP. (2021) Toward a facile fabrication route for all-cellulose composite laminates via partial dissolution in aqueous tetrabutylphosphonium hydroxide solution. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 140 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2020.106148.
  • Curnow OJ. (2021) Facile Method for Constructing Lewis (Electron Dot) Structures. Journal of Chemical Education 98(4): 1454-1457. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00952.
  • Curnow OJ. and Crittenden DL. (2021) Are "bright-state" models appropriate for analyzing fermi-coupled bands in molecular vibrational spectra? Journal of Physical Chemistry A 125(6): 1355-1358. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.0c10404.
  • Abdelbassit MS., Curnow OJ., Brooke SJ. and Waterland MR. (2020) The Bromine-Chlorine Interhalides [Br3Cl5]2, [Br4Cl4]2 and [Br6.56Cl1.44]2. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2020(34): 3302-3310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejic.202000478.
  • Abdelbassit MS., Curnow OJ., Ferreras M. and Crittenden DL. (2020) A Discrete Dichloride Tetrahydrate Trapped by a Cyclopropenium Cation: Structure and Spectroscopic Properties. ChemPlusChem 85(5): 927-932. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cplu.202000146.