Mónica Barra’s research focuses on fundamental studies of organic reaction mechanisms and of supramolecular systems, with emphasis on structure-reactivity correlations and molecular recognition studies.
Jonathan Baugh's research seeks to develop physical devices that will enable quantum information processing (QIP).
His experimental program focuses on electron and nuclear spin qubits, especially their realization in semiconductor nanostructures, and the development of quantum control techniques.
A Tribute to Dr. Carey Bissonnette
The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Chemistry are mourning a great loss, that of our dear friend and devoted colleague, Dr. Carey Bissonnette.
Michael Chong's research is focused on developing new methodology for organic synthesis. This involves creating new reagents to carry out transformations which are not currently possible using existing methodology or to improve upon known reagents.
David Cory is a physical chemist working to develop quantum devices for sensing and computation. Earlier sensors have found applications in fields as varied as cancer diagnostics, materials processing for tires, improved sensitivity for oil exploration, and a sensor for dark matter searches. Two startups recently spun out of the lab develop quantum sensors with medical, biochemical and materials applications.
He held the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing and is currently the principal investigator for the Canada First Research Excellence Fund in Transformative Quantum Technologies.
Thorsten Dieckmann's research interests include the biophysics of RNA, structure and function of RNA and proteins, high resolution NMR spectroscopy, catalysis, drug design, viral infections, RNA world and the origin of life.
Thorsten is the Director of the Insititute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.
Gary Dmitrienko's research involves the application of organic chemical, biochemical and microbiological techniques to the discovery of new treatments for infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins and carbapenems as well as the study of natural antitumour antibiotics.
Jean Duhamel is well recognized for his expertise at applying fluorescence techniques to characterize synthetic or biological macromolecules and their supramolecular assemblies at the nanoscale in solution and in the solid state. DNA, peptides, polypeptides, dendrimers, polymeric surfactants, latex particles and latex film formation, and oil additives like dispersants, viscocity index improvers, or pour point depressants are examples of the types of macromolecular systems which are being currently studied in this laboratory.
He is the Director of the Institute for Polymer Research at the University of Waterloo.
Eric Fillion carries out research in catalysis, synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry. Eric's group has developed several highly creative approaches to a variety of chemical structures, many of which are the scaffolds for medicinal agents and/or complex natural products.
Steven Forsey's interests are in chemical education. He teaches a variety of organic chemistry courses to Chemistry, Science, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology and distance education students. He explores different teaching techniques and try new technologies to enhance the learning experience of students.
He is the main author and head editor of an online interactive organic textbook.
Mario Gauthier's research is focused on the investigation of a class of branched macromolecules called arborescent polymers.
His work includes the development of applications in a broad range of areas including microencapsulation, viscosity control additives, smart (pH-sensitive) gels, and catalyst supports.
From adapting passive gas sampling in polluted soils to speeding up extractions of chemicals from contaminated rock, Tadeusz Górecki has made a career of analyzing some of nature’s most complex samples. He is best known though for his patented improvements to two-dimensional chromatography, a much more sensitive, two-step version of gas chromatography that allows researchers to fully resolve analyte peaks in messy environmental and biological samples.
Tadeusz Górecki is the recipient of the 2016 Andrzej Waksmundzki Medal, awarded by the Committee on Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Guy Guillemette carries out research in the area of biochemistry. His research focuses on the synthesis of nitric oxide by nitric oxide synthase. Nitric oxide is an important endogenous messenger in a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes.
John Honek's research seeks to understand the fundamental interactions of small molecules (such as substrates and drugs) with enzymes as well as the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze reactions.
His research in this area includes mechanistic enzymology, recombinant DNA and biophysical methods as well as organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry and molecular modeling. An additional focus is in the area of bionanotechnology and the application of biological chemistry to the synthesis of new nanomaterials and nanostructures.
Scott Hopkins carries out research in the area of physical chemistry.
His laboratory is a multi-disciplinary environment where his research group employs computational and experimental methods to study the structures and reactivities of small nanocluster systems.
Vassili Karanassios' interests are in the area of micro- and nano-analysis (e.g., metrology), in micro- and nano-technology (e.g., micro- and nano-fluidics, nano-materials), and in development of miniaturized instruments that can be used on-site (i.e., in the field). Such instruments are typically fabricated on-chips so that they can fit in the palm of a hand or in a shirt pocket, thus allowing users to take “the lab to the sample”. The sample may be a “patient” (for early diagnosis of disease) and the field may be a health clinic or the environment (e.g., the air we breathe or the water we drink). In addition, such instruments are being developed to have wireless-capabilities, so that they can be included in the Internet of Things (IoT) and to have some smarts (via Artificial Intelligence, primarily using Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning approaches).
Holger Kleinke's research focuses on finding and optimizing new thermoelectric materials. Thermoelectrics are capable of converting heat into electrical energy and vice versa. This environmentally friendly energy conversion currently has several applications, but is limited by its low efficiency. His research group is attempting to increase the efficiency so that thermoelectrics may be used to recover electricity from the nowadays abundant waste heat, e.g. in the exhaust of automobiles.
Anna Klinkova’s research is focused on developing efficient synthetic approaches to advanced nanomaterials for applications in alternative energy and catalysis. Her goal is to gain a systematic understanding of the effects of nanoparticle shape and surface chemistry on their physicochemical properties relevant to carbon dioxide conversion into fuels and chemical feedstocks, catalytic hydrogen production, enantioselective catalysis, and light harvesting in solar cells.
Sonny Lee's research efforts focus on challenging problems in transition element inorganic chemistry. His studies involve the synthesis of new compounds and compound classes, and the characterization of their physical and chemical properties by a broad array of methods.
In addition to his administrative duties, Dean Lemieux remains an active researcher, designing advanced liquid crystal materials found in high-performance microdisplays.
His research into fundamental chemical properties that power LCD screens have resulted in displays with faster response times and fewer manufacturing defects. These contributions earned him the 2012 Samsung Mid-Career Award by the International Liquid Crystal Society.
Today, his group is one of only a few chemistry groups in the world with the expertise to design and synthesize new liquid crystal materials, characterize their physical properties, and evaluate their potential as active components of electro-optical and photonic devices.
Tong Leung's research interests include the design and fabrication of new molecular and nanoscale materials, and the manipulation of their structure-property-performance relations for emerging applications. His laboratory houses the Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory (WATLab), a premier materials research facility with state-of-the-art surface and nanomaterials research tools in microscopy, spectromicroscopy, fabrication, lithography, and rapid prototyping.
Juewen Liu’s research uses DNA and lipids as functional polymers and catalysts at the nano-scale.
Liu has found DNA molecules can be altered to serve as highly selective biosensors and reaction catalysts. Applications include detecting heavy metals instantly in water samples and targeted drug delivery. He is also interested in interfacing lipids with nanoparticles to create hybrid nanomaterials.
Vivek Maheshwari carries out research in nanotechnology. His research interests include synthesis and assembly of 3-D nanomaterials and membranes, nanoelectrodes, energy harnessing and cellular electronics. The aim is to develop materials for application in new electronic devices, sensors and integration of cells with an electronic interface.
Terry McMahon's research program is directed toward the investigation of structure, energetic and reaction dynamics of gaseous ions. Most recently, the majority of his work has focussed on cluster ions. To carry out this research, he uses High Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS) and Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR) spectrometers.
He has been named University Professor and has received the F.P. Lossing and John C. Polanyi Awards in 2015.
Liz Meiering’s research is focused on protein folding, dynamics, function, engineering and design.
Her research targets understanding neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, as well as engineering proteins to understand their fundamental characteristics. She also develops proteins for applications in biotechnology, including protein drugs.
Susan Mikkelsen's experimental research has involved the selectivity aspect of bioanalytical assays and sensors to overcome interferences that exist in biological or environmental samples. Her research program has investigated both natural and biomimetic recognition methods in an effort to distinguish and quantitate the analyte species in the presence of closely-related, potentially interfering species.
Graham Murphy carries out research in organic chemistry. His research is based on the development of hypervalent iodine reagents. Whether it's developing new methods for carbene formation, C-C bond formation or α-carbonyl functionalization, hypervalent iodine is the key. He is using this chemistry to develop designer electrolytes for battery technologies and to target natural products.
Linda Nazar carries out research in inorganic materials chemistry, solid state chemistry and electrochemistry. Her research is focused on the development of electrochemical energy storage devices and materials.
One of the most interesting aspects of materials chemistry is the design of structures with specific physical properties. Using guided principles, Prof. Nazar’s team synthesizes new materials, determines their structures and investigates their physical properties. She is, in particular, interested in ion and electron transport in materials as these properties are central to solid state electrochemistry and energy storage batteries.
Marcel Nooijen carries out research in theoretical chemistry. His goal is to develop accurate wave function based electronic structure methods that are applicable to general open-shell systems, in particular transition metal compounds.
Marcel has been elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences (IAQMS) in 2016 for his work in theoretical chemistry.
Richard Oakley's research work spans the three-way interface between chemistry, physics and materials science. He designs, synthesizes and characterizes the molecular and solid state properties of neutral radicals, radical ions and biradicals, with the long term goal of generating processable molecular materials exhibiting unusual magnetic, conductive and/or optical properties.
Richard received the E.W.R. Steacie Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2016 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Michael Palmer carries out research in biochemistry. His research focuses on the interaction of peptides and proteins with biological membranes. One current area of interest is the action mode of lipopeptide antibiotic daptomycin, as well as the mechanism of bacterial resistance to it.
Janusz Pawliszyn's research focuses on the development and application of state-of-the-art, integrated and automated analytical methods and instrumentation, for on-site analysis and monitoring.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, University Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies.
Bill Power carries out research in physical chemistry. His research goals are to develop and apply methods to characterize and compare the structure of compounds using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
He is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and the recipient of the Excellence in Science Teaching Award in 2015.
Eric Prouzet carries out research in material chemistry and nanotechnology. His research is focused on the synthesis of nanostructured materials such as porous materials and nano-objects. His main domain of research is using soft matter such as micelles, liquid crystals and biogels, as adaptive soft templates or molds. He has great expertise in particle and porosity size analysis, and created the Waterloo Structure Analytical Platform (WatSAP) that offers up-to-date equipment for these analyses. His research has applications in a range of areas including membrane processes, catalysis, photovoltaic or magnetic devices.
Pavle Radovanovic carries out research in nanotechnology. His research is focused on the concept of multifunctionality in reduced dimensions, and the application of multifunctional nanosystems for addressing important chemical, physical, and technological problems.
Pierre-Nicholas Roy carries out research in theoretical chemistry. His research involves the development of new computational methods to simulate the dynamics of complex molecular systems. His interests encompass various levels of theory from classical molecular dynamics to extreme quantum mechanical situations.
Pierre-Nicholas holds the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Molecular Dynamics.
Derek Schipper carries out research in organic chemistry and materials chemistry. His research program is based on the development of novel synthetic methods that allow efficient access to important conjugated materials. Ultimately, he seeks to utilize these materials in applications such as organic photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors.
Derek holds the Canada Research Chair in Organic Material Synthesis.
Germán Sciaini is a world expert in the field of ultrafast structural dynamics. He is developing state-of-the-art instrumentation to capture atoms in motion. He heads the Ultrafast Electron Imaging Laboratory, home of a time-resolved electron diffraction setup and an ultrafast high-resolution electron microscope.
Germán holds the Canada Research Chair in Atomically Resolved Dynamics and Ultrafast High-Resolution Imaging.
Rodney Smith’s research involves the study of electrocatalysts for use in sustainable energy storage systems. His research examines the chemistry of electrode surfaces, measures electron transfer kinetics and probes electrochemical reaction dynamics in an effort to guide the design and fabrication of solid-state electrocatalysts.
Shirley Tang carries out research in nanotechnology. Central to her effort is the creation of materials and devices based on graphene, carbon nanotubes, and their chemical derivatives, primarily for biomedical applications.
Scott Taylor's research is highly interdisciplinary ranging from synthetic organic chemistry to medicinal chemistry and enzymology, to the development of new bionanomaterials. He develops new synthetic methodology and applies it to the synthesis of novel biomolecules and materials such as modified steroids, carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, nucleosides, nucleotides and starch nanoparticles. Novel biomolecules are evaluated as antibiotics and enzyme inhibitors, while the biomaterials are evaluated for their potential industrial applications.
Wei Tsen's research focuses on the study of low-dimensional materials that exhibit exotic quantum phenomena, and their integration into novel electronic devices.
Xiaosong Wang carries out research in nanotechnology, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. His research involves the development of new synthetic strategies for self-assembled functional nanomaterials using macromolecules as major building blocks. His expertise includes living polymerization, water-soluble polymers, and metallopolymers.