McGill University Department of Chemistry Analytical/Environmental Chemical Biology Chemical Physics Materials Chemistry Synthesis/Catalysis  
Synthesis/Catalysis Profs.
Arndtsen, Bruce
Auclair, Karine
Bohle, Scott
Butler, Ian
Chan, Tak-Hang
Cosa, Gonzalo
Damha, Masad
Eisenberg, Adi
Farrell, Patrick
Friščić, Tomislav
Gleason, James
Gray, Derek
Guindon, Yvan
Harpp, David
Hay, Allan
Kakkar, Ashok
Lennox, Bruce
Li, C.J.
Lumb, Jean-Philip
Marchessault, Robert
Moitessier, Nicolas
Moores, Audrey
Perepichka, Dima
Shaver, Alan
Sleiman, Hanadi
Tsantrizos, Youla
van de Ven, Theo
Ian S. Butler
Ian S. Butler


B.Sc. (University of Bristol, U.K., 1961)
Ph.D. (University of Bristol, U.K., 1965)
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (Indiana University, 1964-65)
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (Northwestern U., 1965-66)
Gerhard Herzberg Award (Spectroscopy Society of Canada) for Outstanding Achievement in the Science of Spectroscopy 1997
Milton Leong Fellowship (McGill University) for Collaborative Research in China 1998
David Thomson Award (McGill University) for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching 1999
F.C.I.C., F.R.S.C. (C. Chem.);
Office: 427
Phone: (514)398-6910
Email: Ian.Butler@McGill.CA

Lab: Pulp and Paper 305/312A/314
Lab Phone: (514)398-6232

Research Themes:

Research Description:
The inorganic aspects of our research are concerned primarily with the synthetic, spectroscopic and kinetic properties of inorganic compounds, especially organometallic complexes such as transition metal carbonyls, thiocarbonyls, nitrosyls, clusters, and species containing alkene, alkyne, and polydentate tertiary phosphorus ligands. All new compounds prepared are characterized by vibrational and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Whenever possible, the mechanistic aspects of any new synthetic reactions are also investigated.

The physical chemistry research is centered mainly on solid-state chemistry. Much of this work involves the study of phase transitions in inorganic and organic molecular crystals. Variable-temperature and high-pressure (~ 100 kbar in a diamond-anvil cell) analytical techniques (e.g., transmission, reflectance, and photoacoustic FT-IR, visible and near-IR laser Raman, EPR, and NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimetry) are employed in investigating the structural changes that take place. A new research area recently initiated involves the application of spectroelectrochemical techniques in studying the surface interactions in typical mineral flotation processes. This latter research program is performed in collaboration with the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering.

<center>Visual observation of micro-flower formation Er<sub>2</sub>OCO<sub>3</sub>(OH)<sub>2</sub> (from precipitate 
  of reaction mixture between Er(NO<sub>3</sub>)<sub>3</sub> + NaOH + Na<sub>2</sub>CO<sub>3</sub>); Assaaoudi, H; Kozinski, J & <u>Butler, I</u>.</center>
Visual observation of micro-flower formation Er2OCO3(OH)2 (from precipitate of reaction mixture between Er(NO3)3 + NaOH + Na2CO3); Assaaoudi, H; Kozinski, J & Butler, I.

Currently Teaching:
CHEM-112F General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM-120 General Chemistry 2
CHEM-396 Undergraduate Research Project
CHEM-470D1 Research Project
CHEM-470D2 Research Project
CHEM-480 Research Project
CHEM-480D1 Research Project
CHEM-688 Assessment
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