Chemistry and other things

I knew I wanted to study chemistry at age 12, had decided on organometallic chemistry three years later, and have never regretted the choice. It allowed me to spend 10 years in the chemical industry, then ten more years at the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). Coming to Winnipeg gives me the chance to start my own group, focused on exactly how metals manage to let all kinds of weird reactions happen around them. I enjoy applying a variety of techniques, from synthesis of highly air-sensitive compounds to spectroscopy and computational methods, to such problems. In the end, increased insight in reaction mechanisms is going to lead to cleaner, more efficient manufacture of chemicals. Along the way there, research should be a lot of fun.

I also like wine, insects (except mosquitoes and blackflies), insect-eating plants (for the exceptions; see http://www.carnivorousplants.org/), and making polyhedron models.