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Ian Butler

Professor

B.Sc. (University of Bristol, U.K., 1961)
Ph.D. (University of Bristol, U.K., 1964)
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (Indiana University, 1964-65)
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (Northwestern University, 1965-66)
1997: Gerhard Herzberg Award (Spectroscopy Society of Canada) for Outstanding Achievement in the Science of Spectroscopy
1998: Milton Leong Fellowship (McGill University) for Collaborative Research in China
1999: David Thomson Award (McGill University) for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching
Honorary Member, Spectroscopy Society of Canada
F.C.I.C., F.R.S.C. (UK), CChem., CSci.
Editor for North America: Chemistry Teacher international
Editor: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
Editorial Board Member: Applied Spectroscopy Reviews

Contact Information

Office: Otto Maass 427
Phone: (514)398-6910
Email: Ian.Butler [at] McGill.CA
Lab: Otto Maass 25
Lab Phone: (514)398-6217

Research Themes

  • Materials Chemistry 
  • Synthesis/Catalysis

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.

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 110 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
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CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
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CHEM 470D1 Research Project 1 3 Credits
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CHEM 470D2 Research Project 1 3 Credits
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CHEM 480 Undergrad Research Project 2 3 Credits
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CHEM 480D1 Undergrad Research Project 2 1.5 Credits
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CHEM 603 Fundamentals of Spectroscopy 5 Credits
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