Richard Oakley's research work spans the three-way interface between chemistry, physics and materials science. He designs, synthesizes and characterizes the molecular and solid state properties of neutral radicals, radical ions and biradicals, with the long term goal of generating processable molecular materials exhibiting unusual magnetic, conductive and/or optical properties.
Richard received the E.W.R. Steacie Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2016 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
- Stable radical materials
- Molecular magnetism
- Molecular conductivity
- Chemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of open shell organic and inorganic heterocycles
- Neutral radicals, radical ions and biradicals as building blocks for functional molecular conductive and magnetic materials
- Methodology: inorganic, organic and organometallic synthesis, NMR, EPR, UV-Vis and FTIR spectroscopy; electrochemistry; single crystal and powder X-ray crystallography; variable temperature conductivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements; high pressure effects on the structure and properties of molecular solids. Semi-empirical and density functional theory quantum calculations on molecules and molecular solids.
Recent publications include
- L. Postulka, S. M. Winter, A. G. Mihailov, A. Mailman, A. Assoud, C. M. Robertson, B. Wolf, M. Lang and R. T. Oakley. “Spin Frustration in an Organic Radical Ion Salt based on a Kagome-Coupled Chain Structure.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 10738-10741 (2016).
- D. Tian, S. M. Winter, A. Mailman, J. W. L. Wong, W. Yong, H. Yamaguchi, Y. Jia, J. S. Tse, S. Desgreniers, R. A. Secco, S. R. Julian, C. Jin, M. Mito, Y. Ohishi, and R. T. Oakley. “The Metallic State in Neutral Radical Conductors: Dimensionality, Pressure and Multiple Orbital Effects.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 14136-14148 (2015).
- S. M. Winter, S. Hill and R. T. Oakley. “Magnetic Ordering and Anisotropy in Heavy Atom Radicals.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 3720-3730 (2015).
- Mailman, S. M. Winter, J. W. L. Wong, C. M. Robertson, A. Assoud, P. A. Dube and R. T. Oakley. “Multiple Orbital Effects and Magnetic Ordering in a Neutral Radical.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 1044-1047 (2015).
- K. Thirunavukkuarasu, S. M. Winter, C. C. Beedle, A. E. Kovalev, R. T. Oakley and S. Hill. “Pressure Dependence of the Exchange Anisotropy in an Organic Ferromagnet.” Phys. Rev. B 91, 014412 (2015).
Awards and Distinctions
- E.W.R Steacie Award (CSC), 2016
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), 2009
- Killam Research Fellowship (Canada Council), 2006-08
- Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award (CSC), 2001
- Alcan Lecture Award (CSC), 1993
- Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC), 1993
- Akron Lecture Award (ACS), 1991
- NSERC University Research Fellowship,1980-87
- NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship,1976-78
- Honorary Ramsay Memorial Fellowship, 1976-78
- NRC/NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship, 1969-70 and 1973-76
- B.C. Sugar Refining Co. Scholarship, 1967-68
- B.C. Government Scholarship, 1967-69
Professional Associations and Service
Co-organizer of Pacifichem 2015 Symposium on Magnetic Materials, 2013-2015
Member, Selection Committee, CSC Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award, 2011
The following news stories have featured Richard Oakley's research:
December 14, 2015: Professor Richard Oakley wins the 2016 E.W.R. Steacie Award
1976 Ph.D. Chemistry, University of British Columbia, BC
1970 M.Sc. Chemistry, University of British Columbia, BC
1969 B.Sc. Chemistry, University of British Columbia, BC