Kravchenko, O.; Sutherland, T. C.; Heyne, B. Photobleaching of Erythrosine B in Aqueous Environment Investigation Beyond pH. Photochem Photobiol 2021.
Roth, S. M.; Press, D. J.; Heyne, B.; Sutherland, T. C. Synthetic Access to Benzimidacarbocyanine Dyes to Tailor Their Aggregation Properties. J. Org. Chem. 2021, 86 (13), 8641–8651.
Hogan, D. T.; Gelfand, B. S.; Spasyuk, D. M.; Sutherland, T. C. Subtle Substitution Controls the Rainbow Chromatic Behaviour of Multi-Stimuli Responsive Core-Expanded Pyrenes. Mater. Chem. Front. 2020, 4, 268–276.
Press, D. J.; Gendy, C.; Pasalkar, S.; Schechtel, S.; Heyne, B.; Sutherland, T. C. Synthesis of Tetrathia-Oligothiophene Macrocycles. ACS Omega 2019, 4, 3405–3408.
Tuck, T. A.; Press, D. J.; LeBlanc, B.; Sutherland, T. C.; Back, T. G. Acid-Catalyzed Electron Transfer Processes in Naphthalene Peri-Dichalcogenides. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 11917–11925.
Keller, S. N.; Sutherland, T. C. A Comparison of Optical, Electrochemical and Self-Assembling Properties of Two Structural Isomers Based on 1,6- and 1,8-Pyrenedione Chromophores. New J. Chem. 2018, 42, 2970–2978.
Hogan, D. T.; Sutherland, T. C. Synthesis and Electrochemical Evaluation of 2-Substituted Imidazolium Salts. J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2018, 31, n/a.
Hogan, D. T.; Sutherland, T. C. Simple and Modular Design Platform of Bimodal Turn-on Chemodosimeters for Oxophilic Metal Cations. New J. Chem. 2018, 42, 16469–16473.
Hogan, D. T.; Sutherland, T. C. Modern Spin on the Electrochemical Persistence of Heteroatom-Bridged Triphenylmethyl-Type Radicals. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2018, 9, 2825–2829.
Keller, S. N.; Bromby, A. D.; Sutherland, T. C. Optical Effect of Varying Acceptors in Pyrene Donor-Acceptor-Donor Chromophores. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 2017, 3980–3985.
Bromby, A. D.; Hogan, D. T.; Sutherland, T. C. Core Expanded, 21,23-Dithiadiacenaphtho[1,2-c]Porphyrin Interactions with [60]Fullerene. New J. Chem. 2017, 41, 4802–4805.
Cramb, D.; Armstrong, D.; Krueger, P.; Baumgartner, T.; Thurbide, K.; Causton, A.; Sutherland, Todd. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary: 50+ Years of Discovery. Can. J. Chem. 2016, 94, vii–x.
Theriault, K. D.; Radford, C.; Parvez, M.; Heyne, B.; Sutherland, T. C. Structure-Property Relationship of Donor-Acceptor Acridones - an Optical, Electrochemical and Computational Study. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 20903–20911.
Bromby, A. D.; Keller, S. N.; Bozek, K. J. A.; Williams, V. E.; Sutherland, T. C. Pi-Extended Ethynyl 21,23-Dithiaporphyrins: A Synthesis and Comparative Study of Electrochemical, Optical, and Self-Assembling Properties. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 9401–9409.
Theriault, K. D.; Sutherland, T. C. Optical and Electrochemical Properties of Ethynylaniline Derivatives of Phenothiazine, Phenothiazine-5-Oxide and Phenothiazine-5,5-Dioxide. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 12266–12274.


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.

Details of our undergrad and grad applications can be found here: undergrad and grad link.

Research applications

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.


Research group in 2021:

L-to-R: Karolina Krygier, Todd Sutherland, Nicholas Chan, ZiQi Wei, David Hogan

Former group members:

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: 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

Get in touch

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.

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