Keith Brown



Hi. I'm Keith Brown. I work in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoonas a Research Officer. My areas of responsibility include maintaining our nmr spectrometers, teaching grad students and postdocs the use of the spectrometer and teaching undergraduate courses.

Saskatoon is great ... not too big and not too small. Approximately 200,000 people live here. There is always lots of stuff going on and in the Summer you can spend every week attending a different event if you want. There is the Sasktel Jazz Festival, the River Roar, the Children's Festival, Cruise Night, Saskatoon Remembers Airshow, Folkfest and these are just the ones that I had time to attend this summer. There is also Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan held in a large open tent by the Saskatchewan River the Mendel Art Gallery which is currently exhibiting the works of Joni Mitchell (who hails from Saskatoon!). The music scene here is very active with several nationally known acts from the area such as Wide Mouth Mason, the Northern Pikes, Streetnix and Jordan Cooke and now, Teresa Sokyrka. The really neat thing about Saskatoon is that it is small enough that you will literally bump into these people at some point and be able to chat with them for a bit.

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Likes and Dislikes


I like computers

I like photography

I like nmr spectroscopy

I really like music<---

I really like the band King's X

I really hate Bad Drivers!

I really hate Windoze!

Publications and Presentations

  1. Brown K.C., The 'Operator Tree' Approach to Using the Product Operator Formalism, Journal of Chemical Education, in preparation.
  2. K.C. Brown, M. El-Bermani and J.A. Weil, Dynamic NMR Spectroscopy of Three 2,2'-Diarylpicrylhydrazines in Several Aromatic Solvnents, Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 2010, 75 381-388
  3. Brown K.C., wxProdOp: A New Product Operator Calculator, VIVA II conference, Victoria BC, June 20, 2008.
  4. Brown K.C., El-Bermani M., Upadrashta Y., Weil J.A., Dynamic NMR Spectroscopy of 2,2'-Dimethyl-1-picrylhydrazine in Various Solvents, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2006, 84, 1648-1657.
  5. Brown K.C., El-Bermani M., Weil J.A., Chemical-shift Link to the Kamlet-Taft Beta Parameter, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2004, 82, 1707-1711.
  6. Brown K.C., Nelson B.R., Quail J.W., Robertson B.E., Weil J.A., Zimpel Z., The Structure and Some Molecular Properties of Acetone-picrylhydrazone, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1999, 77, 1295-1304.
  7. Brown K.C., Tyson R.L., Weil J.A., Conformation Interchange in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Journal of Chemical Education, 1998, 75, 1632-1635.
  8. Stuart A.L.,Kumar S.V.P.,Gupta S.V.,Zoghaib W.M.,Napper S.,Brown K.C.,Mannala S.,Debaere L.T.J., Relationship Between Conformation and Antiviral Activity-IV. 5-ethyl-2'-deoxyuridine and 5-ethyl-2'-deoxycytidine, Nucleosides and Nucleotides, 1997, 16, 2219-2231.
  9. Waltz W.L., Lilie J., Chandasekhar S, Woo D., Brown K., Study of the Reactions of Platinum Macrocyclic Complex Ions with Free RAdicals Formed by Pulse Radiolysis of Aqueous Media, Inorganic Chemistry, 1996, 35, 124-130.
  10. Gupta S.V.,Kumar S.V.P.,Stuart A.L.,Shi R.,Brown K.C.,Zoghaib W.M.,Li J.,Delbaere L.T.J., Relationship Between Conformation and Antiviral Activity-III. 3'-Azidothymidine (AZT) and 3'-azido-2',3'-dideoxy-5-hydroxymethyluridine, Nucleosides and Nucleotides, 1995, 14, 1675-1691.
  11. Mandal A.B, Wang L., Brown K., Verrall R.E., Conductance and NMR Studies of Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide and Chloride Micelles in the Presence of Several Additives, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 1993, 161, 292-297.
  12. Wang H., Barton R.J., Robertson B.E., Weil J.A., Brown K.C., Crystal and Molecular Structures of Two Polymorphs of 2,2'-Di-(p-nitrophenyl)-1-picrylhydrazine Dichloromethane C18H11N7O10.CH2Cl2, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1991, 69, 1306-1314.
  13. Wang H. Barton R.J., Robertson B.E., Weil J.A., Brown K.C., Crystal and Molecular Structure of 9-(2,4,6-Trinitroanilino)-carbazole, C18H11N5O6, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1987, 65, 1322-1326.
  14. Lee D.G., Lee E.J., Brown K.C. in Phase Transfer Catalysis, 1987, ACS Symposium Series 326, 82-95.
  15. Brown K.C., Weil J.A., Preparation of 2,2'-Diaryl-1-picrylhydrazyls using Potassium Permanganate, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1986, 64, 1836-1838.
  16. Lee D.G., Brown K.C., Oxidation of Hydrocarbons. 11. Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reaction between Methyl (E)-Cinnamate and Quaternary Ammonium Permanganate, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1982, 104, 5076-5081.
  17. Brown K.C., Chang V.S., Dar F.H., Lamb S.E., Lee D.G., The Oxidation of Terminal Alkenes by Permanganate, Journal of Chemical Education, 1982, 59, 696.



I can be contacted at: brownk@chem4823.usask.ca