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Sean Mcdowell

Professor of Theoretical and Computational Chemist
Biological and Chemical Sciences
University of West Indies
Antigua and Barbuda


I was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and educated at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (BSc) and at the University of Cambridge (PhD). I did postdoctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada before joining the Staff at the Cave Hill campus of the UWI in 1996. I was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Caribbean Academy of Sciences in 1999, the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2004, a Visiting Research Fellowship to University of Cambridge by the EPSRC in 2005 and a Caricom Science Award by Cariscience in 2008. In 2008, I became a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS), the youngest ever from the Caribbean region.

Research Interest

Theoretical study of hydrogen, halogen, lithium and other noncovalent interactions in molecular clusters. Computational study of novel molecular species, including rare gas compounds and their complexes.


  • McDowell SA, Buckingham AD. Cooperative hydrogen bonding in trimers involving HCN and HBO. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2011;13(31):14097-100.

  • McDowell SA, Volney GS. A comparative computational study of FKrCCH… Y, FCCKrH… Y, and FCCH… Y complexes (Y= BF, CO, N2, OH2, OH (CH3), O (CH3) 2). The Journal of chemical physics. 2012 Mar 28;136(12):124306.

  • McDowell SA, Yarde HK. Cooperative effects of hydrogen, lithium and halogen bonding on F–H/Li⋯ OH 2 complexes. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2012;14(19):6883-8.

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