Faculty profiles

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.

Susan Mikkelsen

Susan Mikkelsen

Professor & Associate Graduate Officer

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

Graham Murphy

Associate Professor

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

Linda Nazar

University Professor & Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials

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

Marcel Nooijen

Professor

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

Richard Oakley

Professor Emeritus

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

Michael Palmer

Associate Professor

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

Janusz Pawliszyn

University Professor & Canada Research Chair and NSERC Industrial Research Chair New Analytical Methods and Technologies

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

William P. Power

Associate Professor & Department Chair

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

Eric Prouzet

Associate Professor & Biobased Science Undergraduate Advisor

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

Pavle Radovanovic

Professor

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

Pierre-Nicholas Roy

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Quantum Molecular Dynamics & Computational Science Undergraduate Advisor

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

Derek Schipper

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair Organic Material Synthesis

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

Germán Sciaini

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Atomically Resolved Dynamics and Ultrafast High-Resolution Imaging

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

Rodney Smith

Assistant Professor

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

Shirley Tang

Professor and Associate Dean of Science, Research

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

Scott Taylor

Professor

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.

Adam Wei Tsen

Adam Wei Tsen

Assistant Professor

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

Xiaosong Wang

Professor

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.

Laura Deakin

Laura Deakin

Continuing Lecturer & Associate Program Director (Internal), Nanotechnology Engineering

Laura Deakin is a Continuing Lecturer for the Department of Chemistry and the Associate Program Director (Internal) for Nanotechnology Engineering. She is also the Director of Safety for the Faculty of Science.

Rick Marta

Rick Marta

MNS Lecturer International & Materials and Nanosciences Undergraduate Advisor

Rick Marta is a 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, China, to t

Laura Ingram

Laura Ingram

Lecturer and Chemistry Undergraduate Advisor

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.

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