Chemisty Research Interests


The department offers research programmes leading to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in a broad range of areas in chemistry as indicated below. Students interested in pursuing their interests in chemistry by working for a higher degree should take the opportunity to speak to lecturers well before completing their degrees.


Dr. A.R. Maxwell, Dr. R. Ramsewak, Dr. R. Pingal, Prof. B.S. Mootoo (Emeritus)
Natural Products Chemistry

  • Isolation and structure elucidation of Natural Products from terrestrial plants and marine organisms including synthesis and bioactivity testing.

Prof. Gurdial Singh
Organic Synthesis

  • Novel glycosylation methods and their application in the synthesis of cell surface carbohydrates. 
  • Synthesis of chiral alcohols and peptides.

Prof. B.S. Mootoo, Dr. A.R. Maxwell
Organic Synthesis

  • Synthesis and synthetic modification of natural products for structure-activity studies.
  • Synthesis of chiral compounds for use as chiral auxiliaries and chiral reagents.

Dr. R. Fairman
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

  • Functionalized macrocycles for molecular recognition.
  • Supramolecular assemblies.

Dr. Arvind Kumar
Inorganic Synthesis

  • Synthesis and characterization of organmetallic supramolecules for catalysis, ion sensing and dye sensitized solar cells.

Dr. Richard Taylor
Inorganic Chemistry

  • Materials Chemistry: Synthesis, solid state structural elucidation (NMR, IR, X-ray, microscopy) and thermotropic phase transition (DSC and temperature variation microscopy-optical and AFM) studies of Metal-containing Liquid Crystals.

Dr. Michael Forde
Interdisciplinary Chemistry

  • Nanomaterials for catalysis applications (alkane oxidation. carbon-dioxide reduction, water splitting and biomass utilisation). green chemistry, materials science, porphyrin chemistry for industrial applications and advanced materials characterisation.

Dr. I. Chang Yen
Environmental Chemistry, Waste Management and Food Safety

  • Environmental monitoring and hazardous waste management and disposal.
  • Food Safety Evolutions.

Prof.  D. Narinesingh and Dr. D. Beckles
Environmental Chemistry

  • Air quality monitoring and greenhouse gas inventoring.

Dr. Denise Beckles
Environmental Chemistry

  • Microbial degradation and fate of xenobiotics in aqueous and nonaqueous systems; endocrine disruptors in freshwater systems; biofuels.

Dr. G. Bent
Analytical Chemistry

  • Mechanisms of food related toxins and assessment of exposure

Dr. M. Seepersaud
Bioorganic Chemistry

  • Synthesis and permeability evaluation of macrocyclic peptidic and peptoid pharmacophores for oral drug delivery.  De-novo design and synthesis of Thiazole containing peptides as antimicrobials. Biotransformation and post processing of natural products to produce novel chemical entities.

Prof. D. Narinesingh
Bioanalytical Chemistry

  • Biosensors for environmental, clinical and forensic applications.
  • Synthesis of electroactive and other polymers, electrochemistry and applications.
  • Applications of immobilized enzymes.
  • Bioseparation processes.

 Dr. D. Stephenson


  • NMR studies of the kinetics of dynamic equilibria.
  • NMR and NQR in detection and analysis of molecules of commercial / forensic interest.

Dr. L. Grierson
Applied Physical Chemistry

  • Use of batch and flow calorimetry to study novel kinetic processes (physical, chemical and biological).
  • The chemistry of cement hydration.
  • Thermal degradation of polymers using fluidised bed reactor.

Dr. Ann Wilson

Physical Chemistry

  • Characterization of retroactive polymer and their use in corrosion research.

Dr. Nicole John-Thomas
Chemical Education Research

  • Methodologies in teaching chemistry.
  • Computers as a tool in the teaching of chemistry.
  • Alternative concepts in chemistry.
  • Utilization of e-learning techniques to improve student learning in chemistry.
  • Teaching chemistry through applications in everyday life and through experimental work.
  • Assessment techniques, especially those involving data-based assessment instruments and visio-spatial assessment.

Dr. Leonette Cox
Environmental Chemistry

  • Chemical speciation studies.
  • Source identification of metal inputs to aquatic environments from weathering and anthropogenic processes.
  • Practical science education and community engagement for environmental management.

Mr. Franklyn Julien
Mass Spectroscopy

  • Mass Spectrometry services: 3 Mass Specs as follows Perkin Elmer Clarus-500 GC-Mass Spec, Bruker microtof -q LC-Mass Spec, Perkin Elmer Elan9000 ICP-Mass Spec. The Mass Spectrometry services endeavours to provide world class expertise in Mass Spectrometry (LCMS, ICPMS, GCMS), while facilitating the research efforts of the Chemistry Department, the UWI, the other local and regional academic and commercial scientific communities.

Dr. Nadia Singh
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

  • 3 Bruker NMR spectrometers available to perform 1D and 2D analysis of samples for internal and external research and commercial needs. The most common nuclei analyzed are 1H, 13C, 31P and 19F. Our 300MHz will be used for postgraduate and undergraduate training and use. The 400MHz is to be used primarily to collect 2D data from pure samples as well as further postgraduate research involving variable temperature experiments and other nuclei. The 600MHz with its highly sensitive cryoprobe is geared towards collecting data from samples available only in extremely small quantities.