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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., Mapley, J. I., Gordon, K. C., & McMorran, D. A. (2019). Ru(II) and Ir(III) complexes containing ADA and DAD triple hydrogen bonding motifs: Potential tectons for the assembly of functional materials. Chemistry: An Asian Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801748

Sutton, J. J., Nguyen, T. L., Woo, H. Y., & Gordon, K. C. (2019). Variable-temperature resonance Raman studies to probe interchain ordering for semiconducting conjugated polymers with different chain curvature. Chemistry: An Asian Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801667

Lisak, G., Wagner, K., Barnsley, J. E., Veksha, A., Huff, G., Elliott, A. B. S., … Gordon, K. C., … Officer, D. L. (2018). Application of terpyridyl ligands to tune the optical and electrochemical properties of a conducting polymer. RSC Advances, 8, 29505-29512. doi: 10.1039/c8ra05333b

Barnsley, J. E., Tay, E. J., Gordon, K. C., & Thomas, D. B. (2018). Frequency dispersion reveals chromophore diversity and colour-tuning mechanism in parrot feathers. Royal Society Open Science, 5, 172010. doi: 10.1098/rsos.172010

Usov, P. M., Leong, C. F., Chan, B., Hayashi, M., Kitagawa, H., Sutton, J. J., Gordon, K. C., … D'Alessandro, D. M. (2018). Probing charge transfer characteristics in a donor-acceptor metal-organic framework by Raman spectroelectrochemistry and pressure-dependence studies. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20, 25772. doi: 10.1039/c8cp04157a

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., Mapley, J. I., Gordon, K. C., & McMorran, D. A. (2019). Ru(II) and Ir(III) complexes containing ADA and DAD triple hydrogen bonding motifs: Potential tectons for the assembly of functional materials. Chemistry: An Asian Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801748

Sutton, J. J., Nguyen, T. L., Woo, H. Y., & Gordon, K. C. (2019). Variable-temperature resonance Raman studies to probe interchain ordering for semiconducting conjugated polymers with different chain curvature. Chemistry: An Asian Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/asia.201801667

Lisak, G., Wagner, K., Barnsley, J. E., Veksha, A., Huff, G., Elliott, A. B. S., … Gordon, K. C., … Officer, D. L. (2018). Application of terpyridyl ligands to tune the optical and electrochemical properties of a conducting polymer. RSC Advances, 8, 29505-29512. doi: 10.1039/c8ra05333b

Usov, P. M., Leong, C. F., Chan, B., Hayashi, M., Kitagawa, H., Sutton, J. J., Gordon, K. C., … D'Alessandro, D. M. (2018). Probing charge transfer characteristics in a donor-acceptor metal-organic framework by Raman spectroelectrochemistry and pressure-dependence studies. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20, 25772. doi: 10.1039/c8cp04157a

Barnsley, J. E., Tay, E. J., Gordon, K. C., & Thomas, D. B. (2018). Frequency dispersion reveals chromophore diversity and colour-tuning mechanism in parrot feathers. Royal Society Open Science, 5, 172010. doi: 10.1098/rsos.172010

Mapley, J. I., Wagner, P., Officer, D. L., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Computational and spectroscopic analysis of β-indandione modified zinc porphyrins. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122(18), 4448-4456. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b02746

Novikova, N. I., Lo, A. S. V., Gordon, K. C., Brothers, P. J., & Simpson, M. C. (2018). Diboron porphyrins: The Raman signature of the in-plane tetragonal elongation of the macrocycle. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b01925

Rooney, J. S., Tarling, M. S., Smith, S. A. F., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Submicron Raman spectroscopy mapping of serpentinite fault rocks. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 49(2), 279-286. doi: 10.1002/jrs.5277

Tarling, M. S., Rooney, J. S., Viti, C., Smith, S. A. F., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Distinguishing the Raman spectrum of polygonal serpentine. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jrs.5475

Findlay, J. A., Barnsley, J. E., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2018). Synthesis and light-induced actuation of photo-labile 2-pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole Ru(bis-bipyridyl) appended rerrocene rotors. Molecules, 23(8), 2037. doi: 10.3390/molecules23082037

Findlay, J. A., McAdam, C. J., Sutton, J. J., Preston, D., Gordon, K. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2018). Metallosupramolecular architectures formed with ferrocene-linked bis-bidentate ligands: Synthesis, structures, and electrochemical studies. Inorganic Chemistry, 57(7), 3602-3614. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02503

Kirilova, M., Toy, V., Rooney, J. S., Giorgetti, C., Gordon, K. C., Collettini, C., & Takeshita, T. (2018). Structural disorder of graphite and implications for graphite thermometry. Solid Earth, 9(1), 223-231. doi: 10.5194/se-9-223-2018

Preston, D., Gordon, K. C., Sutton, J. J., & Crowley, J. D. (2018). A nona-nuclear heterometallic Pd3Pt6 "Donut" shaped cage: Molecular recognition and photocatalysis. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/anie.201804745

Tew, X. W., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Gordon, K. C., & Morison, K. R. (2018). A comparison between laboratory and industrial fouling of reverse osmosis membranes used to concentrate milk. Food & Bioproducts Processing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.fbp.2018.11.014

Barnsley, J. E., Wagner, P., Officer, D. L., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Aldehyde isomers of porphyrin: A spectroscopic and computational study. Journal of Molecular Structure. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2018.06.117

Barnsley, J. E., Shillito, G. E., Mapley, J. I., Larsen, C. B., Lucas, N. T., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Walking the emission tightrope: Spectral and computational analysis of some dual-emitting benzothiadiazole donor-acceptor dyes. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 122(40), 7991-8006. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b05361

Sutton, J. J., Barnsley, J. E., Mapley, J. I., Wagner, P., Officer, D. L., & Gordon, K. C. (2018). Modulation of donor-acceptor distance in a series of carbazole push-pull dyes: A spectroscopic and computational study. Molecules, 23(2), 421. doi: 10.3390/molecules23020421

Shillito, G. E., Hall, T. B. J., Preston, D., Traber, P., Wu, L., Reynolds, K. E. A., … Lucas, N. T., Crowley, J. D., … Gordon, K. C. (2018). Dramatic alteration of 3ILCT lifetimes using ancillary ligands in [Re(L)(CO)3(phen-TPA)]n+ complexes: An integrated spectroscopic and theoretical study. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140(13), 4534-4542. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b12868

Lipiäinen, T., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Gordon, K. C., & Strachan, C. J. (2018). Direct comparison of low- and mid-frequency Raman spectroscopy for quantitative solid-state pharmaceutical analysis. Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis, 149, 343-350. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2017.11.013

Ruggiero, M. T., Sutton, J. J., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Zaczek, A. J., Korter, T. M., Gordon, K. C., & Zeitler, J. A. (2018). Revisiting the thermodynamic stability of indomethacin polymorphs with low-frequency vibrational spectroscopy and quantum mechanical simulations. Crystal Growth & Design, 18, 6513-6520. doi: 10.1021/acs.cgd.8b00623

Xiao, Y., Zarghami, S., Wagner, K., Wagner, P., Gordon, K. C., Florea, L., … Officer, D. L. (2018). Moving droplets in 3D using light. Advanced Materials, 30, 1801821. doi: 10.1002/adma.201801821

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, 53, 7628-7631. doi: 10.1039/C7CC03358C

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

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, 56, 12967-12977. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01710

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

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

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

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

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

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, 14(12), 4675-4684. doi: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.7b00803

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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(7), 787-795. doi: 10.1002/jrs.4903

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