Molecules Professor Bob McMahon Studies

The molecules studied in Professor McMahon's research are primarily carbon-based. They nearly all contain multiple bonds, many are in the form of rings, and some are carbenes and radicals. Professor McMahon and his students synthesize the molecules they study since going into space and retrieving them would be impossible because they are so far away!

Each of the reactions below involves a synthesis reaction done in the McMahon laboratory. The Lewis Diagrams show the valence electrons in each of the reactant and product molecules. Each reaction on this page has a double reaction arrrow to indicate an equilibrium.