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David Brock

Instructor, Undergraduate Advisor of the Department of Chemistry

Degrees:Ph.D. (McMaster University) Office: 1201 MSA
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3844
Office:226 SC


Assistant Professor (Teaching Professor)

2016-2020, University of Western Ontario, London

Assistant Professor (Teaching Professor)

2013-2016, McMaster University, Hamilton

Sessional Lecturer

2011-2012,McMaster University, Hamilton

Research Interests:​

​Chemical Education: Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms; Incorporation of Learning Technologies​

While not currently research active, my research generally focusses around pedagogy. I am interested in examining the effectiveness of different learning styles, methods, and technologies in technical sciences like chemistry, which have been previously proven useful in less technical fields. Effectiveness can be defined in terms of both short term learning gains as well as long term retention and application. Some of the methods that I examine most closely are the use of Blended Learning and the Flipped classroom models of instruction.​


Teaching Awards​:

  • ​Western University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (nominated) 2016-2017​
  • MSU (McMaster’s Student Union) Teaching Award (2014-2015)​
  • The President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (finalist) 2015​
  • OUSA (Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance) Teaching Award (2012-2013)
  • MSU (McMaster Student’s Union) Teaching Award (nominated) (2012-2013)
  • MSU (McMaster Student’s Union) Teaching Award (nominated) (2011-2012)​​


CHEM 1001

CHEM 1002

CHEM 2203

CHEM 2204

CHEM 2207

CHEM 2208

Selected Publications

H.P.A. Mercier, U. Breddemann, D.S. Brock, M.R. Bortolus, G.J. Schrobilgen, “Syntheses, Structures, and Bonding of NgF2∙CrOF4, NgF2∙2CrOF4 (Ng = Kr, Xe), and (CrOF4)∞”, Chem.: Eur. J. 2019, 25, 12105–12119.

M.Lozinšek, H.P.A. Mercier, D.S. Brock, B. Žemva, G.J. Schrobilgen, “Coordination of KrF2 to a Naked Metal Cation, Mg2+”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (English) 2017, 56, 6251–6254.

  1. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, “[H(OXeF2)n][AsF6] and [FXeII(OXeIVF2)n][AsF6] (n = 1, 2); Examples of Xenon(IV) Hydroxide Fluoride and Oxide Fluoride Cations; and the Crystal Structures of [F3Xe—FH][Sb2F11] and [H5F4][SbF6]∙2[F3Xe—FH][Sb2F11] “, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 5089–5104..​

D.S. Brock, B. Žemva, G.J. Schrobilgen, “Noble-gas Chemistry”, In Comp. Inorg. Chem. Reedijk J. and Poeppelmeier K., eds.; II, Vol 1. Oxford: Elsevier; 2013, Chapter 1.25, p. 755−822.​

D.S. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, “Noble Gas Compounds”, Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, XXth  Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken NJ, 2012, Chapter 28, 1−21.​

D.S. Brock, G.J. Schrobilgen, “The Missing Oxide of Xenon, XeO2, & Its Implications for the Earth’s Missing Xenon”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 6265-6269; (Journal of the American Chemical Society journal cover article; also highlighted in: (1) Chemical & Engineering News, “The Case of the Missing Xenon”, 2011, 89 (9), 10; (2) Nature, Research Highlights, “Chemistry: Where did the xenon go?”, 2011, 471, 138; (3) Chemistry World, News, “Earth’s missing xenon could be hiding in quartz”, 2011, March); (4) Canadian Chemical News, “Xenon Dioxide May Help to Solve Enduring Mystery”, 2011 May, 9; (5) Aktuel Natuvidenskab, “På Sporet af den Forsvundne Xenon”, 2011, June, 6).​

D.S. Brock, H.P.A. Mercier, G.J. Schrobilgen, B. Silvi, “A Rare Example of a KrF2 Coordination Compound; [BrOF2][AsF6]·2KrF2”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 3533-3542 (highlighted in Nature Chemistry, “The Krypton Factor”, Nature, 2010, 2, 342).