D. Jean Burnell

Professor Emeritus *not accepting graduate students


Email: jean.burnell@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1664
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Organic chemistry
  • Synthesis
  • Reaction mechanisms


  • BSc, Carleton University
  • MSc, Carleton University
  • PhD, University of New Brunswick
  • PDF, University of Toronto and National Research Council, Ottawa

Research interests

Our research involves the development, the optimization and the mechanistic understanding of a range of organic transformations, but especially cyclization reactions and tandem processes, as well as the application of these transformations to the synthesis of complex organic molecules.

Selected awards and honours

  • Dalhousie Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence, 2010
  • Dalhousie Student Union Teaching Award, 2007
  • Faculty of Science Killam Professorship, 2004-2009
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Medal for Bravery, 2001
  • Memorial University President's Award for Outstanding Research, 1991

Selected publications

  • "Computational Examination of (4+3) versus (3+2) Cycloaddition in the Interception of Nazarov Reactions of Allenyl Vinyl Ketones by Dienes." Zhe Li, Russell J. Boyd, and D. Jean Burnell. (Journal of Organic Chemistry201580, 12535‒12544.) 
  • "Density Functional Theory Study of BF3-Mediated Additions of Enols and [(Trimethylsilyl)oxy]alkenes to an Oxyallyl Cation: Homologous Mukaiyama Reactions." Luc M. LeBlanc, Russell J. Boyd, and D. Jean Burnell. (Journal of Physical Chemistry A2015119, 6714‒6722.)
  • "Nazarov Reactions Intercepted by (4+3)-Cycloadditions with Oxygen-Substituted Dienes." François M. LeFort, Vinayak Mishra, Graham D. Dexter, Timothy D. R. Morgan, and D. Jean Burnell. (Journal of Organic Chemistry201580, 5877‒5886.)
  • "Two Rearrangement Pathways in the Geminal Acylation of 2-Methoxyoxazolidines Leading to Substituted [1,4]Oxazines." Jonathan R. Moulins, Jeremy A. Hughes, Lauren E. Doyle, T. Stanley Cameron, and D. Jean Burnell. (European Journal of Organic Chemistry2015, 1325‒1332.)