Thompson Rivers University

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science

Mansour Almatarneh

Mansour Almatarneh

Mansour Almatarneh

Name: Dr. Mansour Almatarneh
Position: Lecturer

Research Interests

* Computational study of the reaction mechanisms and factors that influence selectivity in chemical reactions, such as:
Decomposition reaction of formamidine (in gas phase and in solution), ethylamine, and acetamide.
Deamination reaction of cytosine, guanine, adenine, glutamine, asparagine, melamine, ammeline, ammelide, and glutamic acid.
Alkylation reaction in DNA: Methyl or ethyl groups will transfer to reactive sites on the bases and to phosphates in the DNA backbone.
* Studying different mutagens, the substances that cause DNA mutations.
* DNA repair mechanisms by ab initio and MD calculations.
* Geometry Optimization: Transition state optimization
* Molecular dynamics simulations of protein folding.
* Molecular dynamics simulations of protein associated with psoriasis
* Investigations for systems related to DNA damage and repair.
* Study the effect of different catalysts on the deamination reaction of cytosine and other nucleic acid bases.
* Study the effect of solvent model (like PCM) on the reaction mechanisms.


Ph.D in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Memorial University, Canada,2007.
M.Sc in Chemistry, Mutah University, Jordan, 2000.
BSc. in Chemistry, Mutah University, Jordan, 1994.


1.Almatarneh, M. H.; Flinn, C. G.; Poirier, R. A. Ab initio Study of the Decomposition of Formamidine, Canadian, Journal of Chemistry 2005, 83, 2082-2090.

2.Almatarneh, M. H.; Flinn, C. G.; Poirier, R. A.; Sokalski, W. A. Computational Study of the Deamination Reaction of Cytosine with H2O and OH. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 110 (26), 8227-8234, 2006.

3.Almatarneh, M. H.; Flinn, C. G.; Poirier, R. A.; Sokalski, W. A. Mechanisms for the Deamination Reaction of Cytosine with H2O/OH and 2H2O/OH: A Computational Study, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 48, 831-843, 2008.

4.Eid Abd Al-Razaq; Nabeel Buttrus; Wedad Al-Kattan; Abdel Aziz Jbarah; Mansour Almatarneh,. Journal of Sulfur Chemistry, iFirst, 2011,1-11.
(Reactions of Pd2+ and Pt2+ with Pyrrolidinedithio Carbamate and Cystine Ligands: Synthesis and DFT Calculations).

5.KabirUddin, M.; Almatarneh, M. H., M. H.; Shaw, D. M.; Poirier, R. A. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2011, 115, 2065-2076.
(Mechanistic Study of the Deamination Reaction of Guanine: A Computational Study).

6.Alaa H. Al-Muhtaseb, Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Mansour H. Almatarneh, Raymond A. Poirier. Theoretical Study on the Unimolecular Decomposition of Theophenol. Submitted in December to Journal of Physical Chemistry A ,Manuscript ID: jp-2010-11939x.

7.Halim, Mohammad A.; Almatarneh, Mansour H.; Poirier,Raymond A. Mechanistic Study of the Deamination Reaction of Glutamine: A Computational Approach, Submitted to The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Manuscript ID: ja-2011-00509x.

8.Altarawneh, M.; Al'a Al Muhtaseb, A.; Almatarneh, M. Theoretical Investigation into Competing Unimolecular and Bimolecular Reactions Encountered in the Pyrolysis of Acetamide. Submitted to Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Manuscript ID: jp-2011-02108x.

9.Almatarneh, M. H.; Mohammednoor Altarawneh ; Raymond Poirier. Theoretical Study on the Decomposition reaction mechanisms of Etheylamine. To be submitted to Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

Employment History

2010 Lecturer, Department of Physical Sciences, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada.
2009 /2010 Visiting Scientist with Prof. Raymond Poirier, Department of Chemistry, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. [June 1, Sept 1 /2010 and June 3, Sept 19 /2009].
2008- 2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Maan, Jordan.
2007-2008 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Memorial University. Dr. Valerie Booths lab.
2003-2007 Teaching Assistant (T.A.), Chemistry Department, Memorial University, St. Johns, NL, Canada.
1997-1998 Teaching Assistant (T.A.), Chemistry Department, Mu'tah University, Karak, Jordan.
1994-2003 Chemistry Teacher in high School, Ministry of Education, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM 1510)
Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1520)
Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 302)
Physical Chemistry 1 (CHEM 306)

Professional Affiliations

Member of Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).
Member of American Chemical Society (ACS).
Member of Jordanian Chemical Society.
Member of Lets Talk Science, A non-profit organization, Volunteer work.
Member of Amnesty International, group 60.