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Associate Professor of Chemistry
Phone: 905.648.2139 Ext 4240
Fax: 905.648.2134
Office: 221D
Email: dbrouwer@redeemer.ca

Courses taught:
CHE 121   General Chemistry I
CHE 233   Inorganic Chemistry/Laboratory
CHE 263   Organic Chemistry I/Laboratory
CHE 264   Organic Chemistry II


Ph.D. (2003), Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Dissertation: "Location, Disorder, and Dynamics of Guest Species in Zeolite Frameworks Studied by Solid State NMR and X-ray Diffraction."

B.Sc. Hons (1997), Chemistry, University of Guelph

B.C.S. (1997), Liberal Arts & Science, Redeemer University College


  • Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Structural Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Computational Chemistry


NSERC Discovery Grant and Early Career Researcher Supplement, "New methods for structure determination of materials by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy", 2010-2014


Understanding the atomic and molecular level structure of materials is of fundamental interest in chemistry and materials science. By understanding the structure of materials, a greater understanding of their functions can be developed. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a close cousin to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that many are familiar with in a medical context, is a powerful tool for elucidating the structural features of materials. I am particular interested in exploring the ability of NMR spectroscopy to be used for crystallography – the determination of crystal structures – by which the atomic arrangement of materials can be determined.


D.H. Brouwer, S. Cadars, J. Eckert, Z. Liu, O. Terasaki, B.F. Chmelka. A general protocol for determining the structures of molecularly ordered but non-crystalline silicate frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 5641–5655.

D.H. Brouwer. Structure solution of network materials by solid-state NMR without knowledge of the crystallographic space group. Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 2013, 51, 37-45.

D.H. Brouwer, K.P. Langendoen, Q. Ferrant. Measurement and calculation of C chemical shift tensors in alpha-glucose and alpha-glucose monohydrate13. Canadian Journal of Chemistry 2011, 89, 737-744.

D.H. Brouwer, I.L. Moudrakovski, R.J. Darton, R.E. Morris. Comparing quantum-chemical calculation methods for structural investigation of zeolite crystal structures by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 2010, 48, S113-S121.

P.G. Gordon, D.H. Brouwer, J.A. Ripmeester, Probing the local structure of pure ionic liquid salts with solid- and liquid-state NMR, ChemPhysChem 2010, 11, 260-268.

S. Cadars, D.H. Brouwer, B.F. Chmelka. Probing local structures of siliceous zeolite frameworks by solid-state NMR and first-principles calculations of 29Si-O-29Si scalar couplings. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2009, 11, 1825-1837.

D.H. Brouwer. Interplay between solid-state NMR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, chapter in NMR Crystallography, R.K. Harris, R.E. Wasylishen, M.J. Duer (Eds.), John Wiley and Sons, 2009, pp.263-274.

D.H. Brouwer. Crystal structure refinement with solid-state NMR: An improved structure of silica-ZSM-12 zeolite from 29Si chemical shift tensors. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 2008, 194, 136-146.

D.H. Brouwer, S. Alavi, J.A. Ripmeester. NMR crystallography of p-tert-butylcalix arene host-guest complexes using 1H complexation-induced chemical shifts. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2008, 10, 3857-3860.

D.H. Brouwer. NMR crystallography of zeolites: Refinement of an NMR-solved crystal structure using ab initio calculations of 29Si chemical shift tensors. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 6306-6307.

D.H. Brouwer, G.D. Enright. Probing local structure in zeolite frameworks: Ultrahigh-field NMR measurements and accurate first principles calculations of zeolite 29Si magnetic shielding tensors. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 3095-3105.

C.A. Fyfe, D.H. Brouwer. Optimization, standardization, and testing of a new NMR method for the determination of zeolite host-organic guest crystal structures. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006, 128, 11860-11871.

D.H. Brouwer, R.J. Darton, R.E. Morris, M.H. Levitt. A solid-state NMR method for solution of zeolite crystal structures. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2005, 127, 10365-10370.

D.H. Brouwer, P.E. Kristiansen, C.A. Fyfe, M.H. Levitt. Symmetry-based 29Si dipolar recoupling magic angle spinning NMR: A new method for investigating three-dimensional structures of zeolite frameworks. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2005, 127, 542-543.


American Chemical Society

Chemical Institute of Canada


NSERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2003-2005) with Prof Malcolm Levitt, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton
Assistant Research Officer (2006-2008) Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences, National Research Council of Canada

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