B.Sc. McMaster University, Ph.D. McMaster University
MSU (McMaster's Student Union) Teaching Award (2014-2015)
The President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (finalist)2015
OUSA (Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance) Teaching Award (2012-2013)
MSU (McMaster Student’s Union) Teaching Award (nominated) (2012-2013)
MSU (McMaster Student’s Union) Teaching Award (nominated) (2011-2012)
While not currently research active, my research generally focusses around pedagogy. I am interested in examining the effectiveness of different learning styles, methods, and technologies in technical sciences like chemistry, which have been previously proven useful in less technical fields. Effectiveness can be defined in terms of both short term learning gains as well as long term retention and application. Some of the methods that I examine most closely are the use of Blended Learning and the Flipped classroom models of instruction.
Integrated Science 1000Z
Integrated Science 1001X
Second year biological inquiry
Third year inquiry and communications-based chemistry course, (entitled "Bad Chemistry")
Third year integrated science "Wine Science" course
D. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, "[H(OXeF2)n][AsF6] and [FXeII(OXeIVF2)n][AsF6] (n = 1, 2); Examples of Xenon(IV) Hydroxide Fluoride and Oxide Fluoride Cations; and the Crystal Structures of [F3Xe---FH][Sb2F11] and [H5F4][SbF6]∙2[F3Xe---FH][Sb2F11] ", J. Am. Chem. Soc.2013, 135, 5089–5104..
D.S. Brock, B. Žemva, G.J. Schrobilgen, "Noble-gas Chemistry", In Comp. Inorg. Chem. Reedijk J. and Poeppelmeier K., eds.; II, Vol 1. Oxford: Elsevier; 2013, Chapter 1.25, p. 755−822.
D.S. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, "Noble Gas Compounds", Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, XXth Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken NJ, 2012, Chapter 28, 1−21.
D.S. Brock, G.J. Schrobilgen, "The Missing Oxide of Xenon, XeO2, & Its Implications for the Earth’s Missing Xenon", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 6265-6269; (Journal of the American Chemical Society journal cover article; also highlighted in: (1) Chemical & Engineering News, "The Case of the Missing Xenon", 2011, 89 (9), 10; (2) Nature, Research Highlights, "Chemistry: Where did the xenon go?", 2011, 471, 138; (3) Chemistry World, News, "Earth's missing xenon could be hiding in quartz", 2011, March); (4) Canadian Chemical News, "Xenon Dioxide May Help to Solve Enduring Mystery", 2011 May, 9; (5) Aktuel Natuvidenskab, "På Sporet af den Forsvundne Xenon", 2011, June, 6).
D.S. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, B. Silvi, "A Rare Example of a KrF2 Coordination Compound; [BrOF2][AsF6]·2KrF2", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 3533-3542 (highlighted in Nature Chemistry, "The Krypton Factor", Nature, 2010, 2, 342).