Department of Chemistry
200 University Ave. W
Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32129
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Ingram is a Lecturer and the Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Chemsitry. She is an engaging instructor who promotes and practices evidence-based teaching and learning strategies. Her knowledge about current teaching and learning approaches in higher education allows her to successfully integrate educational technologies into the classroom and laboratory.
Subha Kalyaanamoorthy’s research is focused on developing and employing computational methods to address biological, health and environmental challenges.
She involves a hybrid scientific approach, where she and her research group make new novel hypothesis using in silico approaches and validate them in their wet lab.
Their research mainly engages multiple disciplines including molecular modeling and molecular dynamics simulations, Quantum modeling and simulations, protein biochemistry, machine learning, phylogenetic inference and bioinformatics to understand the structure, function, dynamics and evolution of proteins of interest. Drug discovery and synthetic biology are the key application areas of her research.
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.
Professor Anna Klinkova’s research is focused on developing efficient and scalable synthetic approaches to advanced nanomaterials for applications in sustainable energy and catalysis. Her current research goals include: (1) gaining a systematic understanding of the effects of nanocrystal composition, morphology, and surface chemistry on their physicochemical properties relevant to conventional thermal catalysis, photo- and electrocatalysis, and (2) building functional (electro)catalytic devices for addressing current energy and sustainability challenges.
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.
Rick Marta is a continuing lecturer and Materials and Nanosciences (MNS) academic advisor for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. He is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher who strives for his students’ success. He implements the use of technologies in his classes and provides extensive online support materials to his students. He travels yearly to Beijing,
Terry B. McMahon
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 is a research organic chemist, investigating the development and application of hypervalent iodine reagents. This work focuses on finding new, metal-free methods for carbene formation, on developing strategies for blue LED-mediated C-C bond formation, or on developing new reactions that use organoiodine catalysts as transition-metal surrogates. Novel fluorination and chlorination reactions are also central to his research. Dr. Murphy also has significant collaborations with industry, specifically concerning new deuteration strategies for small molecule organics.
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.
Over the years Richard Oakley taught both classroom and laboratory courses, ranging from introductory chemistry to senior inorganic and graduate offerings. His research work spanned the three-way interface between chemistry, physics and materials science, most recently focusing on the synthesis and solid state characterization of molecular radicals, biradicals and radical ions, with the goal of generating functional materials with unusual magnetic, conductive and/or optical properties. Outside of his academic pursuits he was heavily involved with the development and organization of national and international scientific conferences.
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.
William P. Power
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.
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.
Conrard Giresse Tetsassi Feugmo
Conrard Tetsassi’s research is focused on computation, machine learning and AI methods for materials in sustainability-related domains, gas sensor, aerospace , and automotive. His research group mainly engages multiscale simulations, including First principle calculations, Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, and Phase-field model together with machine learning to unravel the structure–property relationship.
Adam Wei Tsen
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.