Glen Briand

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Glen Briand

Contact Information

(506) 364-2346 (office); 2156 (lab)
Barclay 317
Office hours
by appointment
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Discipline: Inorganic Chemistry

Research Area: Coordination Chemistry of Heavy p-Block Metals, Green Chemistry


Fall 2017
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 3321 - Inorganic Chemistry II: Main Group Elements


Elective courses offered in rotation
CHEM 3161 - Experiential Synthetic Chemistry
CHEM 4341 - Inorganic Chemistry: Physical Aspects
CHEM 4361 - Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Bonding in Main Group Chemistry


Research interests

Our research involves the synthesis and characterization of organometallic and metal-organic compounds of the heavier p-block elements (e.g. indium and bismuth), which possess interesting Lewis acid and base properties. In addition to the development of the fundamental reactive and structural chemistry of these elements, this work has potential applications in: 1) Green Chemistry - organometallic compounds of environmentally benign metals such as indium and bismuth prepared in our group are being studied as alternatives to transition and rare earth metal-based Lewis acid catalysts. We are focusing on the utility of these materials as ROP catalysts for cyclic esters, for C-C bond formation reactions in aqueous media, and for esterification/transesterification reactions for the production of biodeisel. 2) Materials Chemistry - organometallic heavy element Lewis acid-base adducts (e.g. group 13-16) prepared in our group have potential as high-purity organometallic/ metal organic precursors required for the thin-film methods employed in the preparation of semiconductor materials (e.g. MOCVD); and, 3) Medicinal Chemistry - certain isotopes of some of the heavier group 13 elements (e.g. indium-111) are currently being examined for use in radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging. Our studies of the coordination chemistry of In involve suitable ligands for preparing radio-pharmaceuticals with improved physical properties. The interaction of the resulting metal-ligand complexes with biologically relevant molecules is also being examined.


  "Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of (Dithiolato)indium Complexes" Timothy S. Anderson, Glen G. Briand, Ralf Brüning, Andreas Decken, Matthew J. Margeson, Heidi M. Pickard and Eric E. Trevors. Polyhedron, 135, 101-108 (2017).

  "Strained Metal Bonding Environments in Methylindium Dithiolates and Their Reactivity as Initiators for the Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters" Glen G. Briand, Stefan A. Cairns, Andreas Decken, Courtney M. Dickie, Thomas I. Kostelnik and Michael P. Shaver. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 806, 22-32 (2016).

"Structural Variation in Ethylenediamine and -Diphosphine Adducts of (2,6-Me2C6H3S)2Pb: A Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction and 207Pb Solid- State NMR Spectroscopy Study" Aaron J. Rossini, Alan W. Macgregor, Anita S. Smith, Gabriele Schatte, Robert W. Schurko and Glen G. Briand. Dalton Transactions42, 9533-9546 (2013).

"Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Cyclic Indium Thiolate Complexes and Their Utility as Initiators for the Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters" Laura E.N. Allan, Glen G. Briand, Andreas Decken, Jessica D. Marks, Michael P. Shaver and Ryan G. Wareham. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 736, 55-62 (2013).




BSc Honours - St. Francis Xavier University

PhD (Inorganic Chemistry) - Dalhousie University

NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow - University of Calgary