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Russell Boyd

Professor Emeritus


Department of Chemistry
Email: russell.boyd@dal.ca
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

  • Science Atlantic Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Charles A. Coulson Lecturer, 2011
  • 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

  • “Self-Assembling ADADA Helices Formed by Hydrogen Bonding,” A. Taylor, V. E. J. Berryman, and Russell J. Boyd* (J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116, 7965-7975)
  • “Visualizing Internal Stabilization in Weakly Bound Systems Using Atomic Energies:  Hydrogen Bonding in Small Water Clusters.” L. Albrecht and Russell J. Boyd* (J. Phys. Chem. A, 2012, 116, 3946-3951).
  • “Selenium Stories.”  Russell Boyd* (Nature Chem., 2011, 3, 570)
  • “Systematic Study of the Performance of Density Functional Methods for the Prediction of Energies and Geometries of Organoselenium Compounds.” (J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115, 4827-4831
  • “The Effect of Multiplicity on the Size of Iron (II) and the Structure of Iron (II) Porphyrins.”  V. E. J. Walker, N. Castillo, C. F. Matta, and Russell J. Boyd* (J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 10315-10319)