NSERC PDF (Oxford University) 2000-2002; Ph.D. (University of Windsor) 1999; B.Sc. (University of Waterloo) 1994
The spontaneous organization of molecules into stable aggregates through non-covalent interactions, termed self-assembly, is used throughout nature to construct a tremendous variety of materials and chemical behaviour. My research interests revolve around the creation and study of supramolecular recognition and templation regimes and their use in the synthesis of higher order architectures with unique properties. This includes the study of interlocked structures which involve mechanical bonds (termed rotaxanes, catenanes, and knots) a type of bonding peculiar to supramolecular chemistry. Such compounds have great potential in nanotechnological applications such as sensing, devices, switches and molecular machines. New projects involve the synthesis of hydrogen bonded duplexes and the study of anion/cation templation.
3373f - Organic Chemistry III: Reactions and Strategies for Synthesis
4483a - Elucidation of Organic and Bioorganic Mechanisms
9503s - Advanced NMR Spectroscopy I
9523t - Introduction to Supramolecular Chemistry
9523t - Supramolecular Chemistry
9553a - Mechanistic Organic Chemistry
9603r - Advanced NMR Spectroscopy II
Sambrook, M. R.; Beer, P. D.; Lankshear, M. D.; Ludlow, R. F.; Wisner, J. A. “Anion-templated Assembly of Rotaxanes” Org. & Biomol. Chem. (in press).
Loeb, S. J.; Tiburcio, J.; Vella, S. J.; Wisner, J. A. “A Versatile Template for the Formation of Pseudorotaxanes. 1,2-Bis(pyridinium)ethane Axles and 24-Crown-8 Ether Wheels” Org. & Biomol. Chem. 2006, 4, 667-680.
Blight, B. A.; Van Noortwyk, K. A.; Wisner, J. A.; Jennings, M. C. “Pseudorotaxanes Through Second-Sphere Coordination” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2005, 44, 1499-1504.
Sambrook, M. R.; Beer, P. D.; Wisner, J. A.; Paul, R. L.; Cowley, A. R.; Szemes, F.; Drew, M. G. B. “Anion-Templated Assembly of Pseudorotaxanes: Importance of Anion Template, Strength of Ion-Pair Thread Association, and Macrocycle Ring Size” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 2292-2302.
Sambrook, M. R.; Beer, P. D.; Wisner, J. A.; Paul, R. L.; Cowley, A. R. “Anion-Templated Assembly of a Catenane” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 15364-15365.