Degrees: B.S. University of South Alabama, 1993; Ph.D. University of Florida, 1999; Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Oregon, 1999-2001.
Expertise: Organic/Organometallic Chemistry
Dr. Kwan joined the faculty in August 2001. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in 1988 to receive his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry. Under the direction of Dr. Norris W. Hoffman at the University of South Alabama, his undergraduate research work involved organo-transition-metal synthesis and pseudo-first order kinetics on ligand exchange reactions. In 1993, he went to the University of Florida to study Organic Chemistry under the direction of Dr. Merle A. Battiste. His research work focused on main group organometallic synthesis, synthetic methodology with special focus on allyl- and vinyl-silane synthesis. After his Ph.D work, he moved the Eugene, Oregon to join the Dr. Kenneth Doxsee’s group for his postdoctoral study on organotitanium synthesis and Tebbe’s reagent mediated vinylsilane syntheis. He worked at Molecular Probes for a few months as a synthetic chemist synthesizing “Fluorescent Dye” before coming to JCU. His research interests focus on: (1) Organometallic Reagent Mediated Allyl- and Vinyl-silane Synthesis and (2) Fluorinated Palladium Pincer Complexes. Dr. Kwan is also interested in incorporating “Green Chemistry” laboratory experiments into the organic chemistry curriculum. Dr. Kwan teaches Organic Chemistry lecture/lab, Green Chemistry, Intermediate Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry and General Chemistry courses.