BSc Hons (Tas), Dip Ed (Tas), PhD (ANU), MRACI, MRST
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Brian Yates completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Georgia before coming to the University of Tasmania in 1989. His research is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council and he is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences panel). He is chair of the grants allocation committee of the National Computational Infrastructure, which provides national supercomputing resources for researchers across Australia. In 2010, Brian was appointed as an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Discipline Scholar in Science to help develop Learning and Teaching Academic Standards in Science.
In my research group, computational chemistry is used in the understanding of organic and organometallic reaction mechanisms. Quantum chemistry (both ab initio and density functional theory) is used to calculate relative energy surfaces, and electronic and magnetic properties of compounds. We obtain detailed information about the structures and energies of molecules, reactive intermediates, and transition structures, as a way of investigating reaction mechanisms and understanding and predicting experimental results. Studies have included palladium-catalysed reactions and the activation of nitrogen by transition metals.
Authorised by the Head of School, Physical Sciences
2 May, 2015