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Our department has many faculty members who are currently accepting graduate students. This page provides a short summary of the faculty members and their research programs. You are encouraged to contact them to find out more information about their research programs and for guidance in the application process.

 Professor Cora Young - Analytical Chemistry

Cora Young

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B.Sc., Ph.D. Toronto

Environmental, Analytical, and Atmospheric Chemistry

In the Young group, we explore the fate of chemicals in the environment using analytical, experimental, and computational tools. We are particularly interested in the fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants and in better understanding how chemicals move from the ocean and the biosphere into the atmosphere. 

Professor Christopher Rowley

Christopher Rowley 

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Assistant Professor

B.Sc. Carleton, Ph.D. Ottawa

Computational and Biophysical Chemistry

The Rowley group uses advanced classical and quantum models of chemical systems to study complex chemical processes, such as ionic liquid desulfurization of fuel, enzyme inhibition, and nucleic acid folding. 

Stephanie MacQuarrie

Stephanie MacQuarrie

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Adjunct Professor

Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS

B.Sc. (Hons) Mount Allison

Ph.D. Virginia Tech.

(1) Controlled Grafting of Organic Catalyst Monomers within the Pore Walls of Large Pore Silica-Based Materials, (2) Entrapment of an Oligomeric Enzyme in Ultra Large Pore SBA-15 Generates Highly Stable Reusable Biocatalyst, (3) Dipyrromethene Functionalized Mesoporous Silicas as Heavy Metal Sensors

Professor Francesca Kerton

Francesca Kerton

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Associate Professor

B.Sc.(Hons.) Univ. of Kent, D.Phil. Univ of Sussex

Green Chemistry and Ionic Liquids

Researchers in the Kerton group work at the inorganic-organic interface developing new chemical processes with low environmental impact, including transformations of biomass and activation of carbon dioxide.
Professor Chris Kozak - Inorganic Chemist

Chris Kozak

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Associate Professor

B.Sc.(Hons.) McMaster, Ph.D. UBC

Organometallics, Catalysis, Polymers, and Inorganic Chemistry

My research focuses on synthetic metalloorganic chemistry and green chemistry. Particular projects involve development of new molecular metal-containing catalysts for (1) C–C cross-coupling; (2) CO2 fixation, especially polycarbonate synthesis from CO2 and epoxides; (3) biodegradable polymer synthesis from renewable feedstocks; (4) oxidation catalysis; and (5) ligand design for organometallic and coordination chemistry. 

Professor Travis Fridgen

Travis Fridgen 

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Associate Professor

B.Sc. Trent, B.Ed., Ph.D. Queen's

Theoretical, Computational, and Physical Chemistry

Our research focus is on the physical chemistry--structure, thermochemistry, kinetics, fragmentation pathways, etc--of bare and hydrated metal ion coordinated biological ions--such as amino acids, nucleobases, and carbohydrates--isolated in the gas phase. We use a combination of both experimental and theoretical methods such as mass spectrometry, laser infrared spectroscopy, collision induced dissociation, as well as density functional and wavefunction-based electronic structure calculations and statistical modelling of rate constants.

 Professor Yuming Zhao - Organic Chemistry

Yuming Zhao

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B.S., M.S. Dalian, Ph.D. Alberta

Organic Materials and Nanotechnology

The Zhao group’s research is oriented around the syntheses of tetrathiafulvalene vinylogues (TTFVs) and TTFV analogue polymers for molecular sensors and receptors of fullerene, carbon nanotubes, and metal ions, as well as the synthesis of functionalized polymers for marine anticorrosion coating materials.

 

Professor Kris Poduska - Materials Chemistry

Kris Poduska

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Associate Professor

B.A. Carleton Coll., Ph.D. Cornell

Materials

The Poduska group focuses on experiments that investigate how structural order in solid materials, introduced during their preparation and during their use, affects electronic, magnetic, optical, and mechanical properties. We study archaeological materials as well as high-tech materials with potential applications in medical implants, data storage, and sensors.

 

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Erika Merschrod 

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Associate Professor

A.B. Bryn Mawr Coll., Ph.D. Cornell

Biomaterials

The Merschrod group studies structure-function relations in hierarchical materials, with computational and theoretical work informed by experimental data from our lab and from collaborators. Current and recent projects include: electronic structure in polycrystalline materials, and ion-induced protein aggregation.

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Sunil Pansare

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B.Sc., M.Sc., Univ. Pune, Ph.D. Alberta

Organic Chemistry

Organocatalysis, Natural Product Synthesis

The development of expedient asymmetric routes to functionalized organic molecules is of interest because most chiral, biologically relevant molecules are optimally active as single enantiomers. Our research interests are mainly in the area of asymmetric organic synthesis. Recent research in our group focuses on the design of new organocatalysts for fundamental, carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. We are also interested in the development of new multicomponent reactions for combinatorial chemistry based applications in diversity-oriented synthesis.

Professor Christina Bottaro - Analytical Chemist 

Christina Bottaro

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Associate Professor

B.Sc.(Hons.) St. Mary's, Ph.D. Dalhousie

Analytical Chemistry

The central theme of our research is the development of new methods and techniques for rapid and sensitive analysis of organic environmental pollutants. Although our work explicitly focuses on environmental contaminants, the methods developed for the analysis of pharmaceuticals could find application in forensics, clinical analysis and the pharmaceutical industry. Two techniques figure have figured prominently in our work: capillary electrophoresis (CE) and a matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry. More recently we have been developing thin films of molecularly imprinted polymers for use in sensing systems and for high throughput applications with ambient desorption ionization-MS techniques, such as DESI-MS.

 Professor Graham Bodwell

Graham Bodwell

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B.Sc., M.Sc. Victoria, Dr.rer.nat. Tech. Univ. Braunschweig

Organic Synthesis

Our group is involved in research aimed at the synthesis of natural and non-natural products, the development of new methodology and the study of strain and its implications.
Professor Peter Pickup

Peter Pickup

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Professor, Head of Chemistry

B.A., D.Phil. Oxon

Electrochemistry, Materials, and Energy

Our group studies a range of topics. including: membranes and catalysts for fuel cells, conducting metallopolymers, ethanol fuel cells, renewable fuel from biomass, carbon dioxide reduction, fuel from CO2, and electrode materials for supercapacitors.
Professor Bob Helleur - Analytical Chemist

Bob Helleur

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Professor

B.Sc. Concordia, M.Sc. McGill, Ph.D. Queen's

Environmental and Analytical Chemistry

My research interest is organic analytical chemistry with an emphasis in two areas; (1) applied mass spectrometry with a focus on the analysis of airborne allergenic proteins, environmental contaminants and analytical pyrolysis on complex biomaterials and (2) thermochemical conversion of biomass waste (forestry and fisheries) to renewable biofuels and biomaterials.

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