Faculty profiles

Monica Barra

Mónica Barra

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate & Coop Programs

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

Jonathan Baugh

Associate Professor

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.

Carey Bissonnette

Carey Bissonnette

Continuing Lecturer

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. 

https://uwaterloo.ca/chemistry/news/tribute-dr-carey-bissonnette

J. Michael Chong

J. Michael Chong

Professor

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

David Cory

Professor & Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate, Quantum Information Processing

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

Thorsten Dieckmann

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Graduate Studies and Research

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

Gary Dmitrienko

Professor Emeritus

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

Jean Duhamel

Professor & Director, Institute for Polymer Research

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

Eric Fillion

Professor

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.

Steve Forsey

Steven Forsey

Continuing Lecturer & Medicinal Chemistry Undergraduate Advisor & Undergraduate Officer (Laboratory Operations)

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

Mario Gauthier

Professor

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.

Tadeusz Górecki

Tadeusz Górecki

Professor

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

Guy Guillemette

Associate Professor

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

John Honek

Professor

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

Scott Hopkins

Associate Professor

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

Vassili Karanassios

Professor

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

Holger Kleinke

Professor & Program Director, Collaborative Graduate Nanotechnology Program

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

Anna Klinkova

Assistant Professor

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

Sonny Lee

Associate Professor

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.

Robert P. Lemieux

Bob Lemieux

Professor & Dean of Science

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

Tong Leung

Professor & Chemical Physics Undergraduate Advisor & Materials and Nanosciences Undergraduate Advisor

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

Juewen Liu

Professor

​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

Vivek Maheshwari

Associate Professor

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 B. McMahon

Terry B. McMahon

University Professor

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.

Professor Elizabeth Meiering.

Elizabeth Meiering

Professor

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.

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