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A superb chief technician: Jim Smith


Working on iodine pentafluoride
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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In my own research work, I was concerned with carrying on the fluorine work; I thought I could extend that to iodine pentafluoride. Now iodine pentafluoride is a very heavy liquid and would not be a normal thing to think of, but I knew that Newcastle, along with Emeléus’ lab had one of the very few fluorine labs in the country because of PD Robinson who had worked there, and Ken Dodd [sic – should be Neil Bartlett] who discovered the inert gas compounds – he was a PhD in the department just before I came up.

Norman Greenwood (1925-2012) was born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide-ranging research in inorganic and structural chemistry made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main-group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He was a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.

Listeners: Brian Johnson

Professor Brian FG Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRS Chem, FAcad Eu, FAS. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Edinburgh 1991-1995, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cambridge 1995-2005, Master Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 1999-2005. Research interests include studies of transition metal carbonyls, organometallic chemistry, nano- particles and homogeneous catalysis. Professor Johnson is the author of over 1000 research articles and papers.

Tags: Newcastle University, Harry Emeléus, Neil Bartlett, PD Robinson

Duration: 44 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011