Gavin KirtonGavin F. Kirton

Associate Professor of Chemistry
NMR and Chemical Instrument Director
B.S. Murdoch University – Perth, Australia
Ph.D. Australian National University – Canberra, Australia
Phone: 406.238.7377
Office: Bair Science Center 101-F


Originally from Australia, Dr. Gavin Kirton began teaching at Rocky Mountain College in 2007 following post-doctoral research and lecturing chemistry courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Bowling Green State University. Dr. Kirton's specialty is physical chemistry, and he continues to research in the field of colloid and surface chemistry. His current research focuses on characterizing the structure and electrostatics involved with assemblies of surfactant molecules called micelles.

Dr. Kirton is in charge of the analytical and instrumental courses, as well as much of the general course deliver. He has also taken on the responsibility for the maintenance and training on the departmental instrumentation, including the 300 MHz Bruker nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer in the Keck Laboratory.

Courses Taught

  • CHM 100: Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • CHM 101/102: General Chemistry I & II
  • CHM 105:  Chemical Magic
  • CHM 123: Introduction to Chemistry Research I
  • CHM 223: Introduction to Chemistry Research II
  • CHM 251/252: Organic Chemistry I & II
  • CHM 336: Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 338: Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis
  • CHM 401: Chemical Thermodynamics
  • CHM 402: Quantum Chemistry 


  • Edler, K.J., Dougherty, J., Durand, R., Iton, L., Kirton, G., Lockhart, G., Wang, Z., Withers, & R., White, J.W. (1995). Small angle x-ray scattering from MCM-41 and its synthesis gels: Optimisation of the synthesis parameters. Colliods Surf. A, Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 102, 213-230.
  • Feng, X.H., Dubin, P.L., Zhang, H.W., Kirton, G.F., Bahadur, P., & Parotte, J. (2001). Critical conditions for binding of dimethyldodecylamine oxide micelles to polyanions of variable charge density. Macromol, 34, 6373-6379.
  • Guo, X., Kirton, G.F., & Dubin, P.L. (2006). Carboxylated ficolls: Preparation, characterization, and electrophoretic behavior of model charged nanospheres." J. Phys. Chem. B., 110, 20815-20822.
  • Kirton, G. (2010). General Chemistry I – Laboratory Manual for CHM 101. 2nd ed. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications. ISBN 978-1-60797-145-0.
  • Kirton, G. (2011). General Chemistry II – Laboratory Manual for CHM 102. 2nd ed. Deer Park, NY: Linus Publications. ISBN 978-1-60797-200-6.
  • Kirton, G.F., Brown, A.S., Hawker, C.J., Reynolds, P.A., & White, J.W. (1998). Surface activity of modified dendrimers at high compression. Physica B., 248, 184-190.
  • Kirton, G.F., Huang, Q., Dubin, P.L., & Lal, J. (2001). Characterization of carboxylate-terminated dendrimers and counterion binding studies using SANS. Polym. Mat. Sci. Eng., 85, 231.
  • Laguecir, A., Stoll, S., Kirton, G., & Dubin, P.L. (2003). Interactions of a polyanion with a cationic micelle: Comparison of Monte Carlo simulations with experiment." J. Phys. Chem. B., 107, 8056-8065.
  • Poinen, G., Thurgate, S.M., Kirton, G., & Ritchie, I.M. (1998). Adsorption of dicyanoaurate(I) ions on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Appl. Surf. Sci., 134, 73-77.
  • Zhang, B., Kirton, G.F., & Dubin, P.L. (2002). Compositional heterogeneity in anionic/nonionic mixed micelles observed by frontal analysis continuous capillary electrophoresis. Langmuir, 18, 4605-4609.