Norman P. Schepp

Associate Professor


Phone: 902-494-7055
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6243 Alumni Crescent
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Organic chemistry
  • Synthesis
  • Spectroscopy
  • Photochemistry
  • Lasers
  • Mechanisms
  • Reactive intermediates


  • BSc,  University of Toronto
  • PhD,  University of Toronto
  • PDF,  Universitat Basel and National Research Council of Canada

Research interests

Our research is focused on developing novel organic chromophores with the ability to undergo two-photon induced photochemistry. In addition, we also use laser flash photolysis to study the chemistry of interesting reactive intermediates in both solution and in solid-state media.

Selected awards and honours

  • Undergraduate Chemistry Society Teaching Award 2012.
  • Dalhousie Innovation Award for Concepts in Chemistry 2008 (Shared).
  • PetroCanada Young Innovator Award  2003.
  • Research Corporation Innovation Award  2001.

Selected publications

  • "The Reactivity of Diarylmethyl Carbocations within Non-protic Zeolites." G. Hallett-Tapley, F. L. Cozens and N. P. Schepp (Can. J. Chem., 2011, 89, 347-358).
  •  "Non-Resonant Two-Photon Photochemistry of a Barton ester, N-Phenylacetyloxy-2-pyridinethione." N. P. Schepp, C. J. M. Green, and F. L. Cozens (Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 9, 110-113).
  •  "Effect of Steric Bulk on the Absolute Reactivity of Allene Oxides" M. W. Konecny and N. P. Schepp (Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009, 7, 4437 - 4443).
  •  "Substituent and solvent effects on the beta-heterolysis reaction of beta-hydroxy arylethyl radicals."  F. L. Cozens, S. F. Lancelot, and N. P. Schepp (J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 10022-10028).
  •  "Picosecond Dynamics of Nonthermalized Excited States in Tris(2,2-bipyridine)-ruthenium(II) Derivatives Elucidated by High Energy Excitation." S. A. McFarland, F. S. Lee, K.A.W.Y. Cheng, F.  L. Cozens, and N. P. Schepp (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 7065-7070).