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  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

Chemical Education After a number of years working with macrocyclic ligands, my main focus is now on how students learn, what encourages or discourages engagement with chemistry, particularly in early university education, and how the whole issue of induction impacts upon student performance and success throughout their undergraduate careers. 1. Induction Early experiences of university can have a significant impact on the way that students settle into their programme. I am currently interested in exploring innovative methods of induction, both real and virtual, to identify the impact on student performance and ultimate progression. 2. Role of Practical Work in Chemistry Practical work should be a joy for chemists to do, allowing the demonstration of the synergy between theory and experiment, illuminating the theoretical aspects and removing the dry nature of book-learning. All too often though some students can find experimental work a chore, and treat the subject as effectively a ‘follow the recipe’ exercise. I am interested in trying to identify how practical work could be made of more interest to these students so that the true synergy of theory and experiment are made clear. 3. Virtual Learning Environments The web has opened up a whole new way of making information and tasks available to students via ‘virtual learning environments’ (VLEs). Although such systems have been around for a number of years, there is still a great deal to be done in developing their use to maximise their impact. Too often VLEs are simply repositories for notes, or used as noticeboards.   Identifying when and how students use such systems, and extending the reach of the materials to encourage more independent learning will make VLEs more than expensive electronic notebooks.

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Research Output

Thiazyl chloride: An experimental and theoretical study of the valence shell HeI photoelectron spectrum

Duflot, D., Chabert, N., Flament, J. P., Robbe, J. M., Walker, I. C., Cameron, J. H., Giuliani, A., Hubin-Franskin, M. J. & Delwiche, J., 15 Mar 2003, In : Chemical Physics. 288, 2-3, p. 95-104 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Bridging the 16-membered Z-macrocycle: consequences for conformation and reactivity

    Rosair, G. M., Anderson, R. & Cameron, J. H., 2002, p. C135.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Lyotropic liquid crystalline cellulose derivatives in blends and molecular composites

    Cowie, J. M. G., Arrighi, V., Cameron, J., McEwan, I. & McEwen, I., 28 Aug 2001, In : Polymer. 42, 24, p. 9657-9663 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 15 Citations (Scopus)

    Characterization and polymerization of metal complexes of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylates and the synthesis of polymeric pseudocrown ethers

    Elliott, B. J., Scranton, A. B., Cameron, J. H. & Bowman, C. N., 2000, In : Chemistry of Materials. 12, 3, p. 633-642 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 22 Citations (Scopus)

    Lyotropic liquid crystalline cellulose derivatives in blends and molecular composites

    Cowie, J. M. G., Arrighi, V., Cameron, J. & Robson, D., 2000, In : Macromolecular Symposia. 152, p. 107-116 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)