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Prof. Robert M Borg
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Prof. Robert M Borg


Associate Professor
Faculty of Science
Room 107
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2395

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Robert M. Borg joined the B.Sc. course at the University of Malta in 1974, and subsequently read for a Master’s degree, under the supervision of Prof. Victor Ferrito. The title of his M.Sc. dissertation was "The Analysis of the Oxazolone Derivatives of Amino Acids by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy", and led to his first publication.
His selection for a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship in 1979 enabled him to read for a Ph.D. in chemistry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The next four years determined the direction his academic career would take, as a passion for organic photochemistry was kindled by his then supervisor Prof. Donald R. Arnold, at the time one of North America’s leading photochemists. Indeed, to this day, the title of his Ph.D. thesis: "Radical Ions in Photochemistry" best describes his current research interests. These involve the study of the light-induced generation, and subsequent reactions, of charged organic molecules.
Having graduated from Dalhousie in 1983, he spent the next five years as a post-doctoral fellow working for prominent scientists, firstly at the University of Maryland, followed by three years at the University of Toronto. His research efforts in this period culminated in several publications, including the award of a U.S. Patent.
In 1988 Dr Borg returned to Malta and joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Malta as full-time lecturer. Currently an Associate Professor, he lectures in organic chemistry and spectroscopy, as well as in organic photochemistry. Prof. Borg is the principle researcher in charge of running the Department’s high field (500MHz) superconducting NMR spectrometer analytical facility, the only one in Malta, and which is in use by both undergraduate and postgraduate research students practically 365 days a year.
His research interests focus on the photochemistry (electron transfer) between cyano- or methoxy-aromatics and alkenes, with a principal aim to investigate the synthetic scope and limitations of these reactions, as well as studying their mechanisms, including trapping reactive intermediates by chemical means.


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