Russell Boyd

Alexander McLeod Professor Emeritus *not accepting graduate students


Department of Chemistry
Phone: 902-494-8883
Mailing Address:

Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2

Research Topics: Physical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Theoretical chemistry, Biological chemistry, Reaction mechanisms, Molecular interactions, Electron density topology, Protein structure


  • BSc, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, McGill University
  • PDF, Oxford University and University of British Columbia

Research interests

We use contemporary methods to study the properties and reactions of biologically important molecules. We choose problems for which computational studies complement experimental studies and for which there is a significant probability that our investigations will yield new insight.

Selected awards and honours

  • Chair, 12th WATOC Congress, 2020
  • Elected Member, IUPAC Bureau, 2014-2022
  • Special Issue, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2016 
  • Honoree, Computational Chemistry Symposium, Pacifichem, 2015
  • Dalhousie University FGS Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Science Atlantic Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Charles A. Coulson Lecturer, 2011
  • Honorary Lecturer, Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists, 2010
  • Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, 2009
  • Alexander McLeod Professor of Chemistry, 2001-2013
  • Faculty of Science Killam Professorship, 1997-2002

Selected publications

  • L. Albrecht, R.J. Boyd, O. Mó, M. Yáñez, Changing Weak Halogen Bonds into Strong Ones through Cooperativity with Beryllium Bonds, J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 4205-4213 (2014)
  • E.A.C. Bushnell and R.J. Boyd, Assessment of Several DFT Functionals in the Calculation of the Reduction Potentials for Ni-, Pd-, and Pt-Bis-ethylene-1,2-dithiolene and –Diselenolene Complexes, J. Phys. Chem. A, 119, 911-918 (2015)
  • C.A. MacDonald and R.J. Boyd, Molecular Docking Study of Macrocycles as Fk506-Binding Protein Inhibitors, J. Molec. Graphics and Modelling, 59, 117-122 (2015)
  • V.E.J. Berryman, R.J. Boyd and E.R. Johnson, Balancing Exchange Mixing in Density-Functional Approximations for Iron Porphyrin, J. Chem. Theory Comput., 11, 3022-3028 (2015)
  • Z. Li, R.J. Boyd and D.J. Burnell, Computational Examination of a (4+3) versus (3+2) Cycloaddition in the Interception of Nazarov Reactions of Allenyl Vinyl Ketones by Dienes, J. Org. Chem., 80, 12535-12544 (2015)