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Professor Keith Gordon

keith_gordonPhD, BSc (Belf)

Tel: 03 479 7599
Location: Science II, 5c1
Email: keith.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Education


Attended The Queen's University of Belfast as an undergraduate, 1983-1986, and as a graduate, 1986-1989.

Primary degree: BSc with First class honours in Chemistry, June 1986.
Secondary degree: PhD in Chemistry, November 1989.

Thesis Title: Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of the Excited States of some Copper(I) Complexes in Solution.

Employment history


Professor, University of Otago, Chemistry Department, 2009 - present.

Associate Professor, University of Otago, Chemistry Department, 2003-2009.

Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Chemistry Department, 1999-2002.

Lecturer, University of Otago, Chemistry Department, 1993-1998.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, 1990-1992.
Supervisor: Professor W.H. Woodruff.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast, 1989-1990.
Supervisor: Professor J.J. McGarvey.

Distinctions and honours


New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Maurice Wilkens Prize for excellence in Chemical Sciences, 2010

Foundation Award (from Queens University Belfast), 1986

Andrew's Studentship (from Queens University Belfast), 1986-1989

Emily Sarah Montgomery Scholarship (from Queens University Belfast), 1988

Postgraduate Grant (from Department of Education, Northern Ireland), 1986-1989

Postgraduate Travel Grant (from Department of Education, Northern Ireland), 1989

Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship (from Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), 1990-1992

Professional activities


Editor-in-chief Vibrational Spectroscopy 2016 - present

PCB Marsden review panel 2013 - 2015

International advisor board for the International Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy series 2013 - present

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (FRSNZ) 2012

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC CChem) 2011

Editorial board Vibrational Spectroscopy (Journal impact factor 2, Elsevier) 2015 - 2019

Editorial Board Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (Journal impact factor > 3, Wiley) 2011 - present

Editorial board Journal of Spectroscopy and Dynamics ( New journal, Simplex Academic Publishers) 2010 - present.

Pacifichem 2010 Technical Program Advisors, Materials & Nanotechnology and Security (2007 - 2010)

Editorial board member: Asian Journal of Spectroscopy 1997 - present

Member of the Advisory Board: Asian Chemistry Letters 2004 - present

Referee for: Asian Journal of Spectroscopy; Inorganic Chemistry; Inorganica Chimica Acta; Journal of Raman Spectroscopy; Journal of Organometallic Chemistry; Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences; Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Journal of the American Chemical Society; Current Applied Physics; European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Journal of Physical Chemistry, A; Chemical Physics Letters; Synthetic Metals.

Member of the local organising committee for The International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals, Wollongong, Australia, 2004.

Member of Program committee for the Australasian Conference on Laser Spectroscopy, Christchurch, December 1998

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1985

Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) since 2005, Member since 1997.

President New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2006)

Selection panel for FNZIC applications and HortResearch, TeachNZ and NZIC prizes (2004, 2005)

1st Vice-President New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2005)

2nd Vice-President and Otago Representative for Council, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2004)

Chairman, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Otago Branch (2002 - 2003)

Secretary, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Otago Branch (1999 - 2001)

Committee Member, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Otago Branch (1997-1998)

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Publications

McKay, A. P., Shillito, G. E., Gordon, K. C., & McMorran, D. A. (2017). Cyclometallated platinum(II) and palladium(II) complexes containing 1,5-diarylbiguanides: Synthesis, characterisation and hydrogen bond-directed assembly. CrystEngComm, 19(47), 7095-7111. doi: 10.1039/C7CE01805C

Gordon, K. C., McAdam, C. J., Moratti, S. C., Shillito, G. E., & Simpson, J. (2017). Conformational aspects of dibenzo-tetroxecin: A structural, Raman spectroscopic and computational study. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1145, 321-328. doi: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2017.05.103

Smith, G. P. S., McLaughlin, A., Clarkson, A. N., Gordon, K. C., & Walker, G. F. (2017). Raman microscopic imaging of electrospun fibers made from a polycaprolactone and polyethylene oxide blend. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 92, 27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.vibspec.2017.05.002

Smith, G. P. S., Holroyd, S. E., Reid, D. C. W., & Gordon, K. C. (2017). Raman imaging processed cheese and its components. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 48(3), 374-383. doi: 10.1002/jrs.5054

Killeen, D. P., Marshall, S. N., Burgess, E. J., Gordon, K. C., & Perry, N. B. (2017). Raman spectroscopy of fish oil capsules: Polyunsaturated fatty acid quantitation plus detection of ethyl esters and oxidation. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, 65(17), 3551-3558. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b00099

Chapter in Book - Research

Gordon, K. C., & Fraser-Miller, S. J. (2016). Raman spectroscopy. In A. Müllertz, Y. Perrie & T. Rades (Eds.), Analytical techniques in the pharmaceutical sciences. (pp. 139-169). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-4029-5_4

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Journal - Research Article

McKay, A. P., Shillito, G. E., Gordon, K. C., & McMorran, D. A. (2017). Cyclometallated platinum(II) and palladium(II) complexes containing 1,5-diarylbiguanides: Synthesis, characterisation and hydrogen bond-directed assembly. CrystEngComm, 19(47), 7095-7111. doi: 10.1039/C7CE01805C

Killeen, D. P., Marshall, S. N., Burgess, E. J., Gordon, K. C., & Perry, N. B. (2017). Raman spectroscopy of fish oil capsules: Polyunsaturated fatty acid quantitation plus detection of ethyl esters and oxidation. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, 65(17), 3551-3558. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b00099

Smith, G. P. S., Holroyd, S. E., Reid, D. C. W., & Gordon, K. C. (2017). Raman imaging processed cheese and its components. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 48(3), 374-383. doi: 10.1002/jrs.5054

Smith, G. P. S., McLaughlin, A., Clarkson, A. N., Gordon, K. C., & Walker, G. F. (2017). Raman microscopic imaging of electrospun fibers made from a polycaprolactone and polyethylene oxide blend. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 92, 27-34. doi: 10.1016/j.vibspec.2017.05.002

Gordon, K. C., McAdam, C. J., Moratti, S. C., Shillito, G. E., & Simpson, J. (2017). Conformational aspects of dibenzo-tetroxecin: A structural, Raman spectroscopic and computational study. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1145, 321-328. doi: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2017.05.103

Scottwell, S. Ø., Barnsley, J. E., McAdam, C. J., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2017). A ferrocene based switchable molecular folding ruler. Chemical Communications. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1039/C7CC03358C

Huff, G. S., Gallaher, J. K., Hodgkiss, J. M., & Gordon, K. C. (2017). No single DFT method can predict Raman cross-sections, frequencies and electronic absorption maxima of oligothiophenes. Synthetic Metals, 231, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2017.06.009

Adams, B. S., Shillito, G. E., van der Salm, H., Horvath, R., Larsen, C. B., Sun, X.-Z., Lucas, N. T., … Gordon, K. C. (2017). Alteration of intraligand donor-acceptor interactions through torsional connectivity in substituted Re-dppz complexes. Inorganic Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01710

Killeen, D. P., Watkins, O. C., Sansom, C. E., Andersen, D. H., Gordon, K. C., & Perry, N. B. (2017). Fast sampling, analyses and chemometrics for plant breeding: Bitter acids, xanthohumol and terpenes in lupulin glands of hops (Humulus lupulus). Phytochemical Analysis, 28(1), 50-57. doi: 10.1002/pca.2642

Kodali, G., Mancini, J. A., Solomon, L. A., Episova, T. V., Roach, N., Hobbs, C. J., … Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., … Moser, C. C. (2017). Design and engineering of water-soluble light-harvesting protein maquettes. Chemical Science, 8(1), 316-324. doi: 10.1039/c6sc02417c

Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Paterson, R. A., Daroux, F., Ngarimu-Cameron, R., … Gordon, K. C. (2017). Light-ageing characteristics of Māori textiles: Colour, strength and molecular change. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 24, 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.culher.2016.11.012

Larsen, C. B., Barnsley, J. E., van der Salm, H., Fraser, M. G., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2017). Synthesis and optical properties of unsymmetrically substituted triarylamine hexaazatrinaphthalenes. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017(17), 2432-2440. doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201700251

Mitchell, R., Wagner, K., Barnsley, J. E., van der Salm, H., Gordon, K. C., Officer, D. L., & Wagner, P. (2017). Synthesis and light-harvesting potential of cyanovinyl β-substituted porphyrins and dyads. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2017(38), 5750-5762. doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201701003

Walker, G., Römann, P., Poller, B., Löbmann, K., Grohganz, H., Rooney, J. S., Huff, G. S., Smith, G. P. S., Rades, T., Gordon, K. C., Strachan, C. J., & Fraser-Miller, S. J. (2017). Probing pharmaceutical mixtures during milling: The potency of low frequency Raman spectroscopy in identifying disorder. Molecular Pharmaceutics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.7b00803

Lipiäinen, T., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Gordon, K. C., & Strachan, C. J. (2017). Direct comparison of low- and mid-frequency Raman spectroscopy for quantitative solid-state pharmaceutical analysis. Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2017.11.013

Rooney, J. S., Tarling, M. S., Smith, S. A. F., & Gordon, K. C. (2017). Submicron Raman spectroscopy mapping of serpentinite fault rocks. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jrs.5277

Horvath, R., Huff, G. S., Gordon, K. C., & George, M. W. (2016). Probing the excited state nature of coordination complexes with blended organic and inorganic chromophores using vibrational spectroscopy. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 325, 41-58. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2016.04.007

Jansen van Vuuren, L., Kieser, J. A., Dickenson, M., Gordon, K. C., & Fraser-Miller, S. J. (2016). Chemical and mechanical properties of snake fangs. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 47, 787-795. doi: 10.1002/jrs.4903

Elliott, A. B. S., Lewis, J. E. M., van der Salm, H., McAdam, C. J., Crowley, J. D., & Gordon, K. C. (2016). Luminescent cages: Pendant emissive units on [Pd2L4]4+ "click" cages. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(7), 3440-3447. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02843

Rojalin, T., Kurki, L., Laaksonen, T., Viitala, T., Kostamovaara, J., Gordon, K. C., … Strachan, C. J., & Yliperttula, M. (2016). Fluorescence-suppressed time-resolved Raman spectroscopy of pharmaceuticals using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector. Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408(3), 761-774. doi: 10.1007/s00216-015-9156-6

Killeen, D. P., Larsen, L., Dayan, F. E., Gordon, K. C., Perry, N. B., & van Klink, J. W. (2016). Nortriketones: Antimicrobial trimethylated acylphloroglucinols from ma̅nuka (Leptospermum scoparium). Journal of Natural Products, 79, 564-569. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00968

Barnsley, J. E., Shillito, G. E., Larsen, C. B., van der Salm, H., Wang, L. E., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. (2016). Benzo[c][1,2,5]thiadiazole donor-acceptor dyes: A synthetic, spectroscopic and computational study. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b00447

McKay, A. P., Lo, W. K. C., Preston, D., Giles, G. I., Crowley, J. D., Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., & McMorran, D. A. (2016). Palladium(II) and platinum(II) complexes of ((2-pyridyl)pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)benzoic acids: Synthesis, solid state characterisation and biological cytotoxicity. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 446, 41-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ica.2016.02.038

Nickless, E. M., Holroyd, S. E., Hamilton, G., Gordon, K. C., & Wargent, J. J. (2016). Analytical method development using FTIR-ATR and FT-Raman spectroscopy to assay fructose, sucrose, glucose and dihydroxyacetone, in Leptospermum scoparium nectar. Vibrational Spectroscopy, 84, 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.vibspec.2016.02.011

Hall, D. W., Marshall, S. N., Gordon, K. C., & Killeen, D. P. (2016). Rapid quantitative determination of squalene in shark liver oils by Raman and IR spectroscopy. Lipids, 51(1), 139-147. doi: 10.1007/s11745-015-4097-6

Huff, G. S., Lo, W. K. C., Horvath, R., Turner, J. O., Sun, X.-Z., Weal, G. R., Davidson, H. J., Kennedy, A. D. W., McAdam, C. J., Crowley, J. D., … Gordon, K. C. (2016). Excited states of triphenylamine-substituted 2-pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole complexes. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(23), 12238-12253. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01959

Preston, D., Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2016). Controlled formation of heteroleptic [Pd2(La)2(Lb)2]4+ cages. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(33), 10578-10585. doi: 10.1021/jacs.6b05629

Shillito, G. E., Larsen, C. B., McLay, J. R. W., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2016). Effect of bridge alteration on ground- and excited-state properties of ruthenium(II) complexes with electron-donor-substituted dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine ligands. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(21), 11170-11184. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01810

Koskinen, A.-K., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Bøtker, J. P., Heljo, V. P., Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., Strachan, C. J., & Juppo, A. M. (2016). Physical stability of freeze-dried isomalt diastereomer mixtures. Pharmaceutical Research, 33(7), 1752-1768. doi: 10.1007/s11095-016-1915-3

Dimartino, S., Savory, D. M., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Gordon, K. C., & McQuillan, A. J. (2016). Microscopic and infrared spectroscopic comparison of the underwater adhesives produced by germlings of the brown seaweed species Durvillaea antarctica and Hormosira banksii. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13(117), 20151083. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2015.1083

Elliott, A. B. S., Horvath, R., Sun, X.-Z., Gardiner, M. G., Müllen, K., Lucas, N. T., … Gordon, K. C. (2016). Long-lived charge transfer excited states in HBC-polypyridyl complex hybrids. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(10), 4710-4719. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02602

Lisak, G., Wagner, K., Wagner, P., Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., Bobacka, J., … Officer, D. L. (2016). A novel modified terpyridine derivative as a model molecule to study kinetic-based optical spectroscopic ion determination methods. Synthetic Metals, 219, 101-108. doi: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2016.05.016

Clunies-Ross, P. J., Smith, G. P. S., Gordon, K. C., & Gaw, S. (2016). Synthetic shorelines in New Zealand? Quantification and characterisation of microplastic pollution on Canterbury's coastlines. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 50(2), 317-325. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2015.1132747

Larsen, C. B., van der Salm, H., Shillito, G. E., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2016). Tuning the rainbow: Systematic modulation of donor-acceptor systems through donor substituents and solvent. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(17), 8446-8458. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01039

Barnsley, J. E., Scottwell, S. Ø., Elliott, A. B. S., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2016). Structural, electronic, and computational studies of heteroleptic Cu(I) complexes of 6,6′-dimesityl-2,2′-bipyridine with ferrocene-appended ethynyl-2,2′-bipyridine ligands. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(16), 8184-8192. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01300

Smith, G. P. S., Huff, G. S., & Gordon, K. C. (2016). Investigating crystallinity using low frequency Raman spectroscopy: Applications in pharmaceutical analysis. Spectroscopy, 31(2), 42-50.

Horvath, R., Fraser, M. G., Clark, C. A., Sun, X.-Z., George, M. W., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). Nature of excited states of Ruthenium-based solar cell dyes in solution: A comprehensive spectroscopic study. Inorganic Chemistry, 54(24), 11697-11708. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01690

Killeen, D. P., van Klink, J. W., Smallfield, B. M., Gordon, K. C., & Perry, N. B. (2015). Herbicidal β-triketones are compartmentalized in leaves of Leptospermum species: Localization by Raman microscopy and rapid screening. New Phytologist, 205(1), 339-349. doi: 10.1111/nph.12970

van der Salm, H., Elliott, A. B. S., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). Substituent effects on the electronic properties of complexes with dipyridophenazine and triazole ligands: Electronically connected and disconnected ligands. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 282-283(1), 33-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.05.003

Zhao, L., Wagner, P., van der Salm, H., Clarke, T. M., Gordon, K. C., Mori, S., & Mozer, A. J. (2015). Dichromophoric zinc porphyrins: Filling the absorption gap between the Soret and Q bands. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(10), 5350-5363. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b00147

van der Salm, H., Lind, S. J., Griffith, M. J., Wagner, P., Wallace, G. G., Officer, D. L., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). Probing donor-acceptor interactions in Meso substituted Zn (II) porphyrins using resonance Raman spectroscopy and computational chemistry. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(39), 22379-22391. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b07129

van der Salm, H., Wagner, P., Wagner, K., Officer, D. L., Wallace, G. G., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). Flexible tuning of unsaturated β-substituents on Zn porphyrins: A synthetic, spectroscopic and computational study. Chemistry: A European Journal, 21(44), 15622-15632. doi: 10.1002/chem.201501938

Zhao, L., Wagner, P., van der Salm, H., Gordon, K. C., Mori, S., & Mozer, A. J. (2015). Enhanced electron lifetimes in dye-sensitized solar cells using a dichromophoric porphyrin: The utility of intermolecular forces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7(39), 22078-22083. doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b07361

Scottwell, S. Ø., Elliott, A. B. S., Shaffer, K. J., Nafady, A., McAdam, C. J., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2015). Chemically and electrochemically induced expansion and contraction of a ferrocene rotor. Chemical Communications, 51, 8164. doi: 10.1039/c5cc01973g

Reish, M. E., Huff, G. S., Lee, W., Afsar Uddin, M., Barker, A. J., Gallaher, J. K., … Gordon, K. C. (2015). Thermochromism, Franck-Condon analysis and interfacial dynamics of a donor-acceptor copolymer with a low band gap. Chemistry of Materials, 27(8), 2770-2779. doi: 10.1021/cm504655f

Jansen van Vuuren, L., Loch, C., Kieser, J. A., Gordon, K. C., & Fraser, S. J. (2015). Structure and mechanical properties of normal and anomalous teeth in the sand tiger shark Carharias taurus. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 3(2), 29-36.

Natarajan, A. K., Fraser, S. J., Swain, M. V., Drummond, B. K., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). Raman spectroscopic characterisation of resin-infiltrated hypomineralised enamel. Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, 407(19), 5661-5671. doi: 10.1007/s00216-015-8742-y

Feltham, H. L. C., Johnson, C., Elliott, A. B. S., Gordon, K. C., Albrecht, M., & Brooker, S. (2015). "Tail" tuning of iron(II) spin crossover temperature by 100 K. Inorganic Chemistry, 54(6), 2902-2909. doi: 10.1021/ic503040f

Fraser, S. J., Natarajan, A. K., Clark, A. S. S., Drummond, B. K., & Gordon, K. C. (2015). A Raman spectroscopic study of teeth affected with molar–incisor hypomineralisation. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 46(2), 202-210. doi: 10.1002/jrs.4635

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