Owen Curnow

Associate ProfessorOwen Curnow

Julius von Haast 634
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

  • Abdelbassit MS., Curnow OJ. and Waterland MR. (2023) Halocyclopropenium-Halide Halogen-Bonded Ion Pairs and Their Hydrogen-Bonded Halide Solvates. Helvetica Chimica Acta 106(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hlca.202200163.
  • Curnow OJ. and Senthooran R. (2023) Ionic liquid Keggin polyoxometallates with the tris(dihexylamino)cyclopropenium cation. Polyhedron 233 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.poly.2023.116318.
  • Gould ML., Ratnayake JTB., Ramesh N., Powlay TJ., Curnow OJ., Staiger MP. and Dias GJ. (2023) In Vivo Biocompatibility of Non-derivatized Cellulose Regenerated Using Ionic Liquids. Journal of Polymers and the Environment 31(4): 1335-1350. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10924-022-02640-w.
  • Akhil S., Curnow OJ., Walst KJ., Wang R. and Yunis R. (2022) Anion Effects on Thermophysical and Thermochemical Properties of Triaminocyclopropenium-Based Ionic Liquids. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 67(12): 3602-3615. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jced.2c00474.
  • Curnow OJ. and Crittenden DL. (2022) Structures and Spectra of Halide Hydrate Clusters in the Solid State: A Link between the Gas Phase and Solution State. ChemPlusChem 87(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cplu.202100535.