University of Calgary | Department of Chemistry
Our research group focuses on the synthesis of organic molecules that may have materials applications. A typical student will spend approximately 90% of their time doing synthesis and the remaining quantifying the physical properties. If you're interested in the synthesis of new organic molecules and materials chemistry is an interesting topic that you'd like to explore, then consider applying to our research program - a statement that applies to undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral students.
The theme of our research program is the synthesis of new organic materials for any of the organic electronic applications, such as organic photovoltaic applications (OPVs), organic field effect transistors or organic light-emitting diodes. Our approach is broken into three stages embodied by the 3-coloured Venn diagram with overlapping benzene rings: Synthesis, Properties, Materials.
The Synthesis incorporates design and methodology to access challenging molecular architectures in an efficient (time, $, energy, yields, steps), green approach (environmental impact, solvent choice, quantities, recycling, disposal, toxicity) and scalability (from mg to kg).
The Properties aspect investigates the molecular features, such as oxidation/reduction potentials, radical stability, optical assessment (absorption, fluorescence) and computations to build structure-property relationships.
The Materials aspect brings the molecular properties into the solid-state for applications. Many tools, such as x-ray diffraction, device fabrication, electron micrography, electrochemistry and optical investigations are employed to probe the materials for diverse applications.
L-to-R: Fatemeh Shams, Vincent Dang, Todd Sutherland, David Hogan
PDFs: David Press, Terry Gordon, Robin Krueger, Thomas Linder, Otman Abida
Graduate Students: Olga Kravchenko, Glynnis Jensen, Sopia Roth, Joel Viccars, Samantha Keller, Doug Brown, Ashley Bromby, Kim Thériault, Anusha Abhayawardhana, Sandra Phillips, Raphael Jimenez
Exchange Students: Ana Catel (Undergraduate, Brazil), Mauricio Kato (Undergraduate, Brazil), Ximena Zarate Bonilla (PhD, Chile), Bernhard Mueller (Undergraduate, Austria), Eider Badiola (Undergraduate, Spain)
Undergraduate Students: Karolina Krygier, Nicholas Chan, Nicholas Chan, Joannie Mosoko, Adrien Takada, Hallie Brown, Erin DuBourdieu, Kendra Skalyn, Sophia Roth, Laura Haitel, Jonathan Ma, Matthew Saowapon, Chase Radford, Ryan Jansonius, Michelle Pryde, Amy Murschell, Nicole Mensik, Nicole Veltri, Gavin Phinney, Alex Bian, Carolyn Ladd, Tom Warner, Andrea Terpstra, Joel Viccars, Ryan Gerlach, Michal Jawarski, Rachel Hevey
Research Assistants: Mike Grimwood, Yuxin Qian
We've had many fantastic people join our group and take their individual career paths, including academia, education, pharma, medicine and industry. If you're considering graduate school in Chemistry, please contact me (email below) to chat about opportinutes.
Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: +1.403.220.7559; Office: ScienceB 220
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