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Dr. Robert Hilts obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Victoria in the Fall of 1988. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Martin Cowie at the University of Alberta from 1988 to 1991 on bisphosphine complexes of transition-metals. Subsequently, from 1991 to 1995, he conducted research on PNS rings systems with Dr. Tris Chivers at the University of Calgary. After teaching first-year chemistry at Red Deer College from 1995 to 1996, he joined the instructor ranks at Grant MacEwan Community College in the Fall of 1996, and he has been teaching and conducting research at MacEwan ever since.
Dr. Hilts is currently involved in a collaborative analysis of the Tagish Lake meteorite, which is presently housed in a cold curation and handling facility at the U of A. The goal of the research on the meteorite is to shed light on the conditions that existed very shortly after our solar system was formed and provide some insight into how life began on the Earth some 3.5 billion years ago.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
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My research, which is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Chris Herd at the U of A, involves the detection, quantification and determination of the origins of the soluble organic compounds in the Tagish Lake meteortie.
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