Jason Clyburne

Full Professor
Faculty of Science
Environmental Science

Faculty Member Information


Application of new materials to green chemistry and carbon capture. Reactivity of nucleophilic carbenes and basic main group element compounds with small molecules and the importance of carbenes in ionic liquids. Green Chemistry: very strong bases in ionic liquids and polymeric solvents Porous solids and capture of small molecules. Synthesis and computational studies on highly reactive species and polarized molecules/materials Chemistry of the proton, the hydrogen atom, and hydride (hydrogen economy) Green chemistry and education


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry , Dalhousie University, 1995
B.S., Chemistry , Acadia University, 1991

Academic Work Experience

2012 - 2013, Visiting Scholar, University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories
2010 - Present, Full Professor, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Studies Program, Saint Mary’s University
2006 - Present, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Materials, Saint Mary’s University
2006 - 2010, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Studies Program, Saint Mary’s University
2006 - Present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
2003 - 2006, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
2001 - 2003, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
1998 - 2001, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Acadia University
1996 - 1998, Post-Doctorate Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
1995 - 1995, Post-Doctorate Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University
1995 - 1995, Post-Doctorate Fellow, Mount Saint Vincent University
1995 - 1995, Post-Doctorate Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University
1989 - 1991, Industrial Research, Nova Chem, Acadia University


2015 - Present, The American Chemical Society
2015 - Present, Canadian Society for Chemistry


Visiting Lecturer Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science - 2014
Saint Mary’s University Presidents Research Award for Excellence in Research Saint Mary’s University - 2013
Canada Research Chair (Tier Two) Environmental Studies and Materials (renewal) Canada Research Chairs - 2011
Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (recognition for high potential researcher) Thieme Chemistry Journals - 2010
Canada Research Chair (Tier Two) Environmental Studies and Materials Canada Research Chair - 2006
SFU Faculty Award Simon Fraser University - 2004
Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The University of Alberta (declined to take up faculty appointment, Acadia University, 1998) The University of Alberta - 1998
President's Graduate Teaching Award Dalhousie University - 1995
Walter C. Sumner Fellowship Dalhousie University - 1994
Best Poster Presentation 1994 Symposium on Environmental Chemistry, Dalhousie University - 1994
Walter C. Sumner Fellowship Dalhousie University - 1993
Graduate Student Prize: Best Presentation ASCC, Acadia University - 1993
Ryan Prize for Graduate Studies in Chemistry Dalhousie University - 1992
Graduate Student Prize: Best Presentation ASCC, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College - 1992
William Orchard Memorial Prize Acadia University - 1990

Scholarly Contributions

Journal Articles

S. Ian, MacIntosh , N. Sherren, N. Robertson, D. Masuda, C. Pye, Jason Clyburne. "Isolation and Structures of Two New Organozinc Anions from Solutions Rich in Halide Ions", Organometallics 29 (9) American Chemical Society (Winter - 2010), 2063-2068
Gorodetsky Brian, Ramnial Taramatee, Branda Neil, A. Jason. "Electrochemical Reduction of an Imidazolium Cation: A Convenient Preparation of Imidazol-2-ylidenes and Implications in Ionic Liquid Chemistry", Chemical Communications communication (Winter - 2008), 1972-1973
Cooke C., Rammial T., Jennings M., Pomeroy R., Clyburne J.. "Non-classical NHC transfers from the reaction of (IMes)AgCl with osmium carbonyl clusters", Dalton Trans. xx (Winter - 2007), 1755-1758
Dickie Diane, T. Peter, Labeodan Ojisamola, Schatte Gabriele, Weinberg Noham, Lewis Andrew, Bernard Guy, Wasylishen Roderick, A. Jason. "Flexible coordination of the carboxylate ligand in tin(II) amides and a 1,3-diaza-2,4-distannacyclobutanediyl", pending n/a (Winter - 2007), n/a
Ramnial Taramatee, Taylor Stephanie, A. Jason, Walsby Charles. "Grignard Reagents in Ionic Solvents: Electron Transfer Reactions and Evidence for Facile Br/Mg Exchange", Chemical Communications 2007 (Winter - 2007), 2066-2068
Canal John, Ramnial Taramatee, Dickie Diane, Clyburne Jason. "From the reactivity of N-heterocyclic carbenes to new chemistry in ionic liquids.", Chemical Communications 2006 (Winter - 2006), 1809-1818
Ramnial Taramatee, Hauser Michelle, Clyburne Jason. "Phosphonium-Based Ionic Liquids as Efficient Borane Carriers", Australian Journal of Chemistry 59 (5) (Winter - 2006), 298-301
Dickie Diane, Schatte Gabriele, Jennings Michael, Jenkins Hilary, Khoo Sarah, Clyburne Jason. "Structure of Organic and Metal-Organic Networks Based on a Bifunctional m-Terphenyl Carboxylic Acid", Inorganic Chemistry 45(4) (Winter - 2006), 1646-1655
Hollmann Dirk, Kennedy Alan, Spicer Mark, Ramnial Taramatee, Clyburne Jason, Abernethy Colin. "Reactions of (imidazol-2-ylidene)silver(I) chlorides with group 4 metal containing Lewis acids", Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 690 (23) (Winter - 2005), 5346-5352
Ramnial T., Ino D.. "Phosphonium ionic liquids as reaction media for strong bases", Chemical Communications communication (Winter - 2005), 325-327
Dickie D., Jennings M., Jenkins H., Clyburne J.. "A Metal Carboxylate Network Possessing Metal Sites with Extremely Low Coordination Numbers", Inorganic Chemistry 44(4), communication (Winter - 2005), 828-830
Collings Jonathan, Batsanov Andrei, K.Howard Judith, Dickie Diane, A. Jason, Jenkins Hilary, Marder Todd. "Crystal Structures of 1:1 Complexes of Octafluoronaphthalene with trans-Stilbene and trans-Azobenzene", Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 126(4) (Winter - 2005), 515-519
MacKenzie I., Percival P., Clyburne J.. "A Computational Study of the Reactions of a b-Diketiminatoaluminium (I) Complex with the Hydrogen Atom and the Electron", Chemical Communications NA (Winter - 2005), 1134-1136
De Fremont,, Scott Natalie, Stevens Edwin, Ramnial Taramatee, Lightbody Owen, Macdonald Charles, Clyburne Jason, Abernethy Colin, Nolan Steven. "Synthesis of Well-Defined N-Heterocyclic Carbene Silver(I) Complexes", Organometallics 24(26) (Winter - 2005), 6301-6309
Dickie D., Jalali H., Samant R., Jennings M., Clyburne J.. "Synthesis and Structural Characterization of m-Terphenyl Schiff Base Ligands and their Aluminum Complexes", Canadian Journal of Chemistry full paper (Winter - 2004), 1346-1352
Choytun D., LangloisL.D. , Johansson T., Macdonald C., Leach G., Weinberg N., Clyburne J.. "N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as Precursors to Polarized Molecular Materials: Evidence for Delocalization in Azines Possessing Extreme Push/Pull Donors/Acceptors", NA communication (Winter - 2004), 1842-1843
Ramnial T.,, Gorodetsky B., J.A.C Clyburne. "Reactions of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes With One Electron Oxidants", Chemical Communications communication (Winter - 2004), 1054-1055
Xu J:, GossageR. A., Yu H. "Thin-layer electrochemistry of 1,3-diferrocenyl-2-buten-1-one: direct correlation between driving force and liquid/liquid interfacial electron transfer rates", Journal of Physical Chemistry B 108(18), full paper (Winter - 2004), 5742-5746
Dickie D., Choytun D., Jennings M., Jenkins H., Clyburne J.. "A Structural Study On Two Aluminum Containing Heterocycles Based on Carboxylic Acid Derivatives", J. Organomet. Chem. 689, full paper (Winter - 2004), 2186-2191
Ramnial Taramatee, A. Jason. "Imidazol-2-ylidenes and their Reactions with Simple Reagents", accepted and in press ACS Symposium series, invited contribution (Winter - 2004), NA
Hollmann D., Kennedy A., Spicer M., Ramnial T., Clyburne J.A.C., Abernethy C.D. "Reactions of (imidazol-2-ylidene)silver(I) chlorides with Group 4 metal containing Lewis acids", submitted to Canadian Journal of Chemistry NA (Winter - 2004), NA
McNultyJ. , Capretta A., Clyburne J., Robertson A.. "Application of Phosphonium Salts as Catalysts and Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids in Organic Synthesis", Chemistry Today, a major European Pharmaceutical journal December issue (Winter - 2004), 13-16
Dickie D., Chan A.Y.C.,, Jenkins H., Yu , Clyburne J.A.C. "m-Terphenyl thiols: rigid and bulky molecules for the formation of bioactive self-assembled monolayers on gold", Chemical Communications NA (Winter - 2004), 2432-2433