Ron Haines

Ron Haines

Ron Haines

B.Sc. (Hons 1, University Medal), Ph.D. (UNSW)

Lecturer, First Year laboratory coordinator and IT coordinator

Contact details

Phone: +612 9385 4718


Room 128, Dalton Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Biographical Details

Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. B.J. Orr, UNSW, 1982-1983; Senior Tutor, School of Chemistry, UNSW 1983-1989; Principal Tutor, School of Chemistry, UNSW 1989-1992; Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, UNSW 1992-present. First Year Laboratory Coordinator 2008-present. Vice-Chancellor's award for Teaching Excellence 2011. Vice-Chancellor's team award for Teaching Excellence 2016.

Research Interests

Computers applications in chemical education and chemistry. Applications of computers and computer networks to chemical problems including chemical kinetics, data acquisition, and information management. Chemistry-related uses of the Internet.

Selected Publications

  • Bogaard M.P., Haines R., Raman Intensities and Cartesian Polarizability Derivatives, Mol. Phys, 41(6), 1980, 1281-1289
  • Bogaard M.P., Haines R., On the Determination of the Relative Signs of Polarizability Derivatives, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 90(1), 1981, 287-296
  • Orr B.J., Haub J.G., Haines R., Time-Resolved Infrared-Ultraviolet Double Resonance Studies of Rotational Relaxation in D2CO, Chem. Phys. Letters, 107(2), 1984, 168-172
  • Duval A.B., King D.A., Haines R., Isenor N.R., Orr B.J., Fluoresence-Detected Raman-Optical Double Resonance Spectroscopy of Glyoxal Vapour, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 2(9), 1985, 1570-1581
  • Duval A.B., King D.A., Haines R., Isenor N.R., Orr B.J., Coherent Raman Spectroscopy of Glyoxal Vapour, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 17(2), 1986, 177-182
  • Haines R., Teaching Computer Concepts to Undergraduate Chemists, J. Chem. Educ., 75(6), 1998, 785-787
  • Mori, J., Ngan, E., Haines, R., Woo, D., User-centred design meets Mac OS X: A collaborative project between Computer Science and Engineering and Chemistry. Apple University Consortium Conference, University of Adelaide, 2003.
  • Haines, R.S., Woo, D.T., Hudson, Benjamin T., Mori, J.C., Ngan, E.S.M., Pak, Wing-Yee., Interdisciplinary Educational Collaborations: Chemistry and Computer Science, J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84, 967.
  • Haines, R.S., Wu, A.H.F., Lamb, R., Hua Zhang, Coffey, J., Huddle, T., Lafountaine, J.S., Lim, Zhi-Jun, White, E.A. and Tuong, N.T., Self-Cleaning Surfaces: A Senior Undergraduate Research Project, J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 365-367
  • Keaveney, S.T., Schaffarczyk McHale, K.S., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Developing principles for predicting ionic liquid effects on reaction outcome. A demonstration using a simple condensation reaction, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12 (36), 7092 - 7099
  • Yau, H.M., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., A Robust, One-PotMethod for Acquiring Kinetic Data for Hammett Plots Used To Demonstrate Transmission of Substituent Effects in Reactions of Aromatic Ethyl Esters., J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 92 (3), 538 - 542
  • Keaveney, S.T.,  Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Developing principles for predicting ionic liquid effects on reaction outcome. The importance of the anion in controlling microscopic interactions, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13 (12), 3771 - 3780
  • Keaveney, S.T.,  Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Ionic liquid effects on a multistep process. Increased product formation due to enhancement of all steps, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 8925 - 8936
  • Keaveney, S.T., White, B.P., Haines, R.S., and Harper, J.B., The effects of an ionic liquid on unimolecular substitution processes: the importance of the extent of transition state solvation, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 2572-2580
  • Hawker, R.R., Wong, M.J., Haines, R.S., and Harper, J.B. Rationalising the effects of ionic liquids on a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 6433
  • Keaveney S. T., Haines R. S., Harper J. B., Ionic liquid solvents: The importance of microscopic interactions in predicting organic reaction outcomes, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2017 89(6), 745-757 
  • Harper J. B., Haines R. S., Keaveney S. T., Reactions in Ionic Liquids, in Encyclopedia of Physical Organic Chemistry, Volume 2. Wiley, 2017
  • Keaveney, S. T., Haines, R. S., & Harper, J. B. Investigating Solvent Effects of an Ionic Liquid on Pericyclic Reactions through Kinetic Analyses of Simple Rearrangements. ChemPlusChem, 2017, 82(3), 449-457.
  • Hawker, R.R., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Rational selection of the cation of an ionic liquid to control the reaction outcome of a substitution reaction. Chemical Communications, 2018, 54, 2296 - 2299
  • Hawker, R.R., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., The effect of varying the anion of an ionic liquid on the solvent effects on a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, 16, 3453
  • Hawker R.R., Haines R.S., Harper J.B., Predicting solvent effects in ionic liquids: Extension of a nucleophilic aromatic substitution reaction on a benzene to a pyridine. J Phys Org Chem. 2018;31:e3862. 10.1002/poc.3862 
  • Schaffarczyk McHale, K. S., Haines, R. S., & Harper, J. B., Ionic Liquids as Solvents for SN2 Processes. Demonstration of the Complex Interplay of Interactions Resulting in the Observed Solvent Effects. ChemPlusChem, 2018, 83(12), 1162-1168. DOI:10.1002/cplu.201800510
  • Gilbert A., Haines R.S., Harper J.B., Understanding the effects of ionic liquids on a unimolecular substitution process: correlating solvent parameters with reaction outcome, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2019, 17, 675-682
  • Gilbert, A., Bucher, G., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Correlating ionic liquid solvent effects with solvent parameters for a reaction that proceeds through a xanthylium intermediate, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 9336, DOI: 10.1039/c9ob01807g
  • Schaffarczyk McHale, K. S., Wong, M.J., Evans, A.K, Gilbert, A. ,Haines, R. S., & Harper, J. B., Understanding the effects of solvate ionic liquids as solvents on substitution processes, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2019, 17, 9243. DOI: 10.1039/c9ob01753d
  • Gilbert, A., Haines, R.S., Harper, J.B., Controlling the reactions of 1-bromogalactose acetate in methanol using ionic liquids as co-solvents, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, 18, 5442 - 5452. DOI: 10.1039/d0ob01198c

Contributing author and chemistry consultant for "Scientifica - The comprehensive guide to the world of science" (Millennium House, Sydney, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-921209-22-2).