Research interests include:
- New Ionic Liquids and their applications. We prepared the first examples of ionic liquids using triaminocyclopropenium salts. Have ongoing collaborative projects on lubricants, cellulose dissolution, carbon dioxide gas separation, zeolite synthesis, and battery electrode development.
- Polyhalides. We have prepared the first non-classical ternary polyhalides, such as [I2Br2Cl4]2–.
- Chloride hydrates. We have isolated the first discrete example of Cl(H2O)– as well as a number of discrete multi-chloride hydrates for the first time.
- Organometallic chemistry. Particular interests in metallocene complexes.
I also have interests in the teaching of Lewis Structures (see: https://owencurnow.wixsite.com/lewis-structures), hypervalent molecules and point group symmetry.