Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jennifer Murphy
Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Director, Centre for Advanced Solar Materials
Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy

U of T Profile and Reserach Page

Jennifer Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, where she held a Canada Research Chair from 2007-2016. Her research program focuses on the atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry of reactive nitrogen species. Her group participates in atmospheric chemistry field measurement campaigns around the world, including Scotland, California, Utah, Colorado, Ontario, the Alberta Oils Sands Region and the Canadian Arctic. She serves as an editor at the Geochemical Journal and the open access journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. In 2016, she was nominated to the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project under Future Earth. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at McGill University in 2000, and her PhD in Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley in 2005


Dr. Mark Maclachlan
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

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Mark MacLachlan is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and is currently the Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Science. He is also the NanoMat Program Director and was recently appointed as the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials. MacLachlan grew up in Quesnel, BC and completed his BSc degree at UBC. He then completed his PhD at the University of Toronto and a post-doc at MIT. His research is in the area of supramolecular materials and he loves the world of materials chemistry - organic, inorganic, porous materials, crystals and polymers. In his research group, they are developing new organic and inorganic materials with interesting properties that may find applications in electronics, photonics, catalysis, and other applications. They make the materials, characterize them, and study their properties, often in collaborations. They develop diverse materials - solid-state structures, polymers, gels, glasses, and others - to address interesting scientific and engineering problems. When not in the department, MacLachlan enjoys drinking coffee, running, mountain biking, and spending time with his family


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