Kakkar Group members

Group Members

Chemists at work

Lab: Otto Maass 230

Phone: 514-398-6924

Laura McKay Kakkar Lab
Laura McKay
PhD Candidate, January 2021 -
Soft nanoparticles based formulations for efficient therapeutic interventions in aging

 

Hui Wen Yong, Kakkar Group

Hui Wen Yong
PhD Candidate, September 2019 -
Designing stimuli responsive nanoformulations for efficient therapeutic interventions in high morbidity rate diseases

 

 

Jenny Oh, Kakkar Group
Jenny Oh
CHEM 480 Hons Research, January - April 2021 
NSERC USRA, May – August 2020
Cyclodextrin based nanoformulations for drug delivery
Miktoarm star polymer based soft nanoparticles for drug delivery
 

 

Mojhdeh Baghbanbashi, Kakkar group

 

Mojhdeh Baghbanbashi
Graduate Research Trainee, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, October 2019 -
Designing Smart Polymeric Assemblies for Efficient Drug Delivery

 

 

 

Victor Lotocki, Kakkar group
Victor Lotocki
MSc, September 2018 - August 2020
Redox responsive miktoarm star polymers for drug delivery: Synthetic articulation and exploration of their micellar assemblies
Current Position: PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

 

 

Qiaochu Zhang, Kakkar group

Qiaochu Zhang
CHEM 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, May - August 2019; CHEM 480: Hons Research Project, September – December 2019; PHAR 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, January - April 2020 (Joint with Professor Maysinger)
Desgining synthetic methodologies to couple micellar structures in vivo;
Miktoarm-based nanodelivery for unstable natural compounds and their effects in human glioblastoma cells

 

Annie Tang, Kakkar group

 

Annie Tang
CHEM 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, September - December 2019;
CHEM 480: Hons Research Project, January – April 2020
ROS-responsive thioacetal nanoparticles for drug delivery applications

 

 

Ari Bao, Kakkar Group

 

Ari Bao
CHEM 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, January – April 2019;
Undergraduate Research Trainee, October 2019 - March 2020
Thiol-yne and thiol-ene click reactions under biological conditions

 

 

 

Yu-Chen Wang, Kakkar group

 

 

Yu-Chen Wang
PhD, January 2013 - August 2019
Functional hollow gold nanoshells through ligand design:developing a synthetic protocol to linked gold nanostructures

 

 


Anastasiia Nyrko, Kakkar group


Anastasiia Nyrko
MITACS Fellowship Student, June – August 2019
Designing glutathione-responsive miktoarm polymers for nanomedicine





Dr. Alexandre Moquin (PhD, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Post-doctoral Fellow (Joint with Professor Dusica Maysinger, Department of Pharmacology, McGill University), September 2017  - June 2019
Telodendrimers: Tailoring self-assembly of architectural polymers for maximum efficacy in drug delivery and combination therapy


 

Hossein Yazdani, Kakkar group


 

Hossein Yazdani
Graduate Research Trainee, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran, November 2018 - May 2019
Design of macromolecules based architectures for drug delivery




 

Parinaz Sabourian, Kakkar group
Parinaz Sabourian
Graduate Research Trainee, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, September 2018 – April 2019.
Developing ROS responsive chitosan based nanoparticles for drug delivery


 

Ramez Hanna, Kakkar group

 


Ramez Hanna
CHEM 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, May – August 2018; CHEM 480: Hons Research Project, September – December 2018; Undergraduate Research Trainee, January 2019 - April 2019
Understanding self-assembly behavior of PEGylated pyrrole based conjugated polymers for applications in biology

 


 

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Brandon Andrade-Gagnon
CHEM 396: Undergraduate Research Experience, January – April 2019
Synthesis of thioketals for ROS responsive study

 

 

Siyi Liu, Kakkar group

 

Siyi Luo
CHEM 470: Hons Research, May – August 2018; CHEM 396: Research Experience, September – December 2018.
Developing thioketal based polymeric assemblies for targeting reactive oxygen species; Polyphenol based stimuli responsive nanocarriers: Design and Synthesis

 

 

Fernando Medina, Kakkar group


Fernando Medina Tovar
Undergraduate Research Trainee, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Cuautitlán, Mexico, July 2018 - October 2018
Designing and understanding dendrimer directed self-assembly to complex nanostructures


 

Dr. Radek Mrówczyński, Kakkar group

 

 

Dr. Radek Mrówczyński
Visiting Scientist, NanoBioMedical Centre at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Developing smart nanomaterials for theranostics

 

 

 

Jade Lerner, Kakkar group

 

 

Jade Lerner
CHEM 470, Hons Research, September 2017 to April 2018; NSERC Summer Research Student, May 2018 - August 2018 (Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven)
Designing multi-tasking architectural co-polymers for applications in biology; Constructing hierarchical structures based on dendrimers and nanocelluloses

 

 

 

 

Tongyue Liang, Kakkar groupTongyue Liang
Hons Research Project (Joint with Professor Bruce Arndtsen, Department of Chemistry, McGill University), September 2017 - April 2018
Developing methodologies to water-soluble pyrrole-based conjugated polymers for applications in biology

 

 

Dr. Ahmed Abouelmagd

 

 

Dr. Ahmed Abouelmagd
Post-doctoral Fellow 2016-2017
Architecturally diversified miktoarm star polymers for applications in biology

 

 

 

Patrick A. Pieprzak

 


Patrick A. Pieprzak
Co-Op Year 2017, Undergraduate student at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Designing macromolecules based nanocarriers for theranostics
Current Position: Undergraduate Student, Chemistry, McMaster

 

 

Joanna Li Ting Foong

 

 

Joanna Li Ting Foong SURA Fellow, May – Aug 2017 (Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award)
Designing functionalized dendron based nanocarriers for drug delivery
Current Position: Undergraduate Student, Chemistry, McGill

 

 

 

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Jessica Sturn
Hons Undergraduate Research and Summer Undergraduate Research 2015–2017
Convergent synthesis of bis-MPA based telodendrimers

 

 

Richard von Celsing

 

Richard von Celsing
Hons Undergraduate Research and Summer Undergraduate Research 2015–2016
Synthesis of linear dendritic block co-polymers for applications in biology

 

 

 

Dr. Mohammad Moeini

Dr. Mohammad Moeini
Post-doctoral Fellow 2013-2016, Joint with Professor Frederic Lesage, Ecole Poly Montreal
Designing dendrimer based nanoprobes for biological imaging of oxygen in vivo
Current position: Assistant Professor, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran Polytechnic, Iran
 

 

 

Dr. Pramod Avti

 

Dr. Pramod Avti
Post-doctoral Fellow 2013-2016, Joint with Professor Frederic Lesage, Ecole Poly Montreal
Examining the biological aspects of functionalized metal nanoparticles
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biophysics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (India)

 

 

Enzo Bomal

Enzo Bomal
Hons Undergraduate Research 2012-2013. ANACHEMIA PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
Developing macromolecule based nanoparticles for applications in biology and water treatment
MSc 2016: Biocompatible, pH-responsive amphiphilic linear dendritic block copolymers for drug delivery
Current Position: PhD Candidate, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

 

 

Sokina Joseph

 

Sokina Joseph
Hons Undergraduate Research, 2015
Designing superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and electrosterically stabilized nano crystalline cellulose (ENCC) based hybrid materials
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Toronto

 

 

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Danyl Smail
Exchange Student from France (Universite Paris-Diderot), 2015
Electosterically stabilized Nano Crystalline Cellulose (ENCC) for Ion Scavenging

 

 

 

Phoebe Yap

 

Phoebe Yap
Hons Undergraduate Research and Summer Undergraduate Research 2014-2015
Developing click chemistry based methodologies to dendrimeric nanoprobes for biological imaging of oxygen in vivo
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Guelph

 

 

Dr. Amir Sheikhi

 

Dr. Amir Sheikhi
Post-doctoral Fellow 2014-2015, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Developing macromolecule based platform for water treatment applications
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

 

 

Dr. Na Li

 

Dr. Na Li
Post-doctoral Fellow 2014-2015, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Designing dendritic architectures for advanced applications in pulp and paper industry
Current Position: Research Associate, Dept of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

 

Dr. Tina Lam
Dr. Tina Lam
Hons Undergraduate Research 2008-2009
Green” Design of dendrimers
PhD 2015
Designing Multifunctional Magnetite Nanoparticles Based Nanoprobes for Atherosclerosis

 

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Quentin Pelzer
Exchange Student from France 2014. MSc, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (ENSCCF),
Aubière Cedex, France
Developing methodologies to dendronized polymers for applications in pulp and paper industry

 

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Clara Ambou
Exchange Student from France 2014, BSc, IUT ParisJussieu, Universite Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, France
Designing miktoarm star ligands to construct gold-gold dimers

 

 

Dr. Graeme Cambridge

 

Dr. Graeme Cambridge
Post-doctoral Fellow 2013-2014, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Dendritic macromolecules for water treatment applications
Current Position: Director Research and Development and Quality Control, Flextile Ltd.

 

 

Anthony Lau
Anthony Lau
Hons Undergraduate Research, 2014
Designing AB3 type miktoarm polymers for drug delivery
Current Position: MSc Candidate, Chemistry, McGill

 

Mathieu Bedard

 

 

Mathieu Bedard
MSc 2014
Designing multifunctional molecular imaging probes based on gold nanoshells for atherosclerosis
Current Position: Lab. Tech., Org. Chem. Lab., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 

 

 

Dr. Rocio Redon

 

Dr. Rocio Redon (Professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
Visiting professor on sabbatical leave, 2012–2013
Developing macromolecule based multifunctional nanocarriers

 

 

William Curtis

 

William Curtis
MSc 2013
Design and synthesis of dendrons and dendronized polymers for applications in pulp & paper industry
Current Position: Research Scientist, Klox Tech., Laval, Quebec

 

 

 

Aurelie Regnaud

 

 

Aurelie Regnaud
MSc 2013 (Joint with Professor CJ Li, Chemistry, McGill)
Design and synthesis of dendrimers by combination of “Click” chemistry and A3 coupling

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Anjali Sharma
Dr. Anjali Sharma
PhD 2013
Design and synthesis of multifunctional nanocarriers for biological applications
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow (Professor Kannan Rangaramanujam), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

 

Dr. Soren L. Mejlsoe

 

Dr. Soren L. Mejlsoe
Post-doctoral Fellow 2011-2012, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Designing water soluble dendrimers for pulp and paper applications
Current Position: Research Associate, Univ. of Copenhagen

 

Vanessa Ng

 

Vanessa Ng
MSc 2012
Designing molecular imaging probes for atherosclerosis
Current Position: Chiropractor

 

 

 

Elizabeth Ladd

 

Elizabeth Ladd
Hons Undergraduate Research 2008-2009
Fabricating multi-task nanostructured metal nanoparticles
MSc 2012: Dendrimers for paper making Applications
Current Position: R&D, KABS Inc., Montreal

 

 

Mathew Sebastiao

Mathew Sebastiao
Undergraduate Research Experience 2012
Developing new methodologies to miktoarm polymer based multifunctional nanoparticles for theranostics
Current Position: PhD Candidate, Universite du Quebec Montreal

 

 

 

Kade Head-Marsden

 

Kade Head-Marsden
Work Study Research, 2012
Developing gold nanoshells based molecular probe for atherosclerosis

 

 

Dr. Annie Castonguay

 

Dr. Annie Castonguay
Post-doctoral Fellow 2009-2011, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Synthesis and evaluation of dendrimers for applications in paper making
Current Position: Assistant Professor, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Laval, Quebec, Canada

 

 

Dr. Ghareb Soliman

 

Dr. Ghareb Soliman
Post-doctoral Fellow 2010-2011, Joint with Professor Dusica Maysinger (Pharmacology, McGill)
Polymeric nanoparticles for drug delivery
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Assiut University, Egypt

 

 

 

Dr. Nadia Katir

 

 

Dr. Nadia Katir
Visiting Scientist 2011
Developing new synthetic methodologies to dendrimers
Current position: Assistant Prof., Euro-Mediterranean University of Fez (UEMF), Fès-Shore, Route de Sidi harazem, Fès (Morocco)

 

 

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Alexander McTammany
Undergraduate Research Experience, 2011
One pot synthesis: Designing concurrent tandem catalysts for multiple reactions in one

 

 

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Clémence Verbois
Research Academic Trainee Exchange Program, 2011 (MSc Student: National Polytechnic Institute of Chemistry and Technology, Toulouse, France)
Synthesis of miktoarm polymers for encapsulation of biologically active molecules

 

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Florence Dartois
Exchange Student from France 2011, MSc, Chimie à l'université Pierre et Marie Curie à Paris en France
Designing novel nanocarriers for siRNA using a dendrimer-polymer platform

 

 

 

Eleanor Wilson

 

Eleanor Wilson
Hons Undergraduate Research 2010-2011
ANACHEMIA PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
Constructing thermoresponsive dendrimers using combined Cu1-catalyzed alkyne-azide cycloaddition
and Diels-Alder “click” chemistry

 

Cristina Mottillo

 

Cristina Mottillo
Hons Undergraduate Research 2010-2011, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven
Antibacterial activity of functionalized dendrimers
PhD, McGill (2015, Professor Tomislav Friscic)

 

Kumal Khanna

 

Kunal Khanna
MSc 2010
Synthesis and self-assembly of miktoarm polymers and design of a drug-polymer-imaging conjugate

 

 

Laurène Petitjean

 

Laurène Petitjean
Hons Undergraduate Research 2010
Designing dendrimers using “Click” Chemistry in sequence: Synthesis and disassembly

 

 

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Pierre Saboural
Research Academic Trainee From France, 2010, Joint with Professor Frederic Lesage, Ecole Poly, Montreal
Construction of gold nanoshells

 

 

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Julie Paoletti, 2010
Research Academic Trainee From France, 2010, ESCOM, Compiègne, France
Combined CuI catalyzed alkyne-azide addition/Diels-Alder chemistry in constructing thermoresponsive dendrimers

 

 

Dr. Rishi Sharma

Dr. Rishi Sharma
Research Associate 2009-2010
Synthesis of miktoarm polymers for applications in biology
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow (Professor Kannan Rangaramanujam), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

 

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Pooja Vyas
Hons Undergraduate Research 2009-2010
Combined alkyne-azide and Diels Alder “Click” chemistry approach in designing dendrimers

 

 

Dr. Rami Hourani

 

Dr. Rami Hourani
Hons Undergraduate Research 2003-2004
Molecular encapsulation in dendritic containers: Integration of an experimental with theoretical study
PhD 2009 (FQRNT Scholar)
Design and synthesis of dendrimers for multipurpose tasks
Current Position: Sr. Staff Research Scientist, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, USA

 

 

Dr. Florence Quist
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Dr. Florence Quist
PhD 2009
Crystallization of organic molecules onto functionalized surfaces
Current Position: Scientific expert - Projet SOLARCYCLE at RECMA, Brussels, Belgium

 

 

Renaud Gillet

 

Renaud Gillet
Research Academic Trainee from France
Building dendrimers layer-by-layer using combined click chemistry approach
PhD: Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

 

Dr. Gregory Franc

 

Dr. Gregory Franc
Post-doctoral Fellow 2008-2009, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven (Chemistry, McGill)
Dendritic macromolecules for pulp and paper applications

 

 

 

 

Jessica Douglas

 

Jessica Douglas
Undergraduate Research Experience 2008-2009
Dendrimer synthesis and applications in biology
Ph.D.: Professor Jean M.J. Frechet, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.
Current Position: DOW Chemical (Philadelphia, USA)

 

Tatiana Vassilieff

 

Tatiana Vassilieff
Hons Undergraduate Research 2004-2005
Dendrimers on flat surfaces: Building efficient recyclable catalysts
MSc 2008: Dumbbell shaped dendrimers: Synthesis, characterization and application in assembling silver metal nanoparticles

 

Xiaojun Liu

 

Xiaojun Liu
MSc 2008
Dendrimer templated silica networks: synthesis, characterization and application in silver nanoparticle construction
Current Position: Scientific Research Associate at IDEXX Labs, Portland

 

Amy Sutton

 

 

Amy Sutton
Hons Undergraduate Research 2007-2008
Designing size and shape controlled nanoparticle assemblies using  dendritic architectures
PhD Candidate, Harvard University

 

 

Arnaud Vieyres

 

Arnaud Vieyres
Exchange Student from France, 2008
Greener synthesis route to dendrimers by Click chemistry
PhD 2013 Lyon
Current Position: R&D/Application Engineer at Solvay (Lyon, France)

 

Ye Tian

 

Ye Tian
CSACS Summer Undergraduate Research 2008, Joint with Professor MA Whitehead
Understanding metal nanoparticle build-up using dendrimers
PhD Candidate, University of Chicago

 

Jessica MacDonald

 

Jessica MacDonald
Hons Undergraduate Research, 2005-2006
Crystallization inside the crystals
Summer Undergraduate Research 2008, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven
Novel applications of dendrimers in paper making
Technologue at FPInnovations

 

Morgane Pasco

 

Morgane Pasco
Exchange Student from France, 2007
Influence of solvent in carbamazepine monoclinic-to-trigonal polymorph switch
PhD 2010 (Micouin) France : Post-doc IRCOF (Rouen)

 

 

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Samuel Mitten
Summer Undergraduate Research 2007, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven
Designing dendritic macromolecules for paper making applications
PhD 2013 (Turculet, Dalhousie); Post-doc, University of Alberta

 

Eleanor van Aderkas

 

Eleanor van Aderkas
CSACS Summer Undergraduate Research 2007, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven
Constructing nanotubes on Au and Si surfaces
Specialist Scientist for Paintings Examination at the National Gallery, London, UK

 

 

Jonathan Mooney

 

Jonathan Mooney
Hons Undergraduate Research 2005-2006
Controlling Polymorphism in Drugs at Interfaces
PhD (Professor Pat Kambhampati, McGill)

 

 

Zahid Mahimwalla

 

Zahid Mahimwalla
Hons Undergraduate Research 2005-2006, Joint with Professor Theo van de Ven
Self-assembly of SMA: Constructing nanotubes using a bottom-up approach
PhD (Barrett, McGill); R&D Chemist in Green Polymers and Materials

 

 

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Daniel Craig
Hons Undergraduate Research 2005-2006
Designing smart dendritic supermolecules for homogeneous catalysis leading to cascade synthesis

 

 

Dr. Olivier Bourrier

 

Dr. Olivier Bourrier
PhD 2004
3,5-Dihydroxybenzyl alcohol based dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers: synthesis, characterization and applications in catalysis
Current Position: National Sales Coordinator - Specialty Gases Air Liquide, Canada

 

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Adam Alexander Azzabi-Czerniewski
Hons Undergraduate Research 2004-2005
The design of dendrimer template nanoporous network carriers containing size-specific cavities

 

 

Olivier Rolland

 

 

Olivier Rolland
Hons Undergraduate Research 2003-2004
Designing dendrimers using simple acid-base hydrolytic chemistry
PhD (Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III)
Alliance Manager - Amyris/Total Partnership Fuel & Chemicals chez TOTAL, France

 

Dr. Carl Bartels

 

Dr. Carl Bartels
PhD 2003 (Joint with Professor Adi Eisenberg, Chemistry, McGill)
Coronae of block copolymer micelles as supports for organometallic catalysis
Current Position: Instructor, Chemistry, University of Manitoba

 

Dr. Adam Dickie

 

Dr. Adam Dickie
PhD 2003 (Joint with Professor M.A. Whitehead)
Molecularly self-assembled thin films: theoretical evaluation and experimental fabrication

 

 

 

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Jared Butlin
Hons Undergraduate Research 2002-2003
Chromophore inclusion within a 3,5-dihydroxybenzyl alcohol based dendrimer
PhD (Grinstaff, Boston University)

 

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Mohua Dasgupta
Hons Undergraduate Research, 1997-98
Organometallic flowers: From pretty pictures to new materials
MSc 2001: Synthetic routes to phosphorus and nitrogen containing dendritic polymers
Current Position: Dentist

 

Brad Peori

 

 

Brad Peori
MSc 2001
New synthetic routes to organometallic dendrimers

 

 

 

Frederic Chaumel

 

Frederic Chaumel
MSc 2001
A new synthetic route to sol-gel materials containing nonlinear optical chromophores
Current Position: Chargé de comptes, gaz spéciaux, Air Liquide

 

 

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Dr. Chi Ming Yam
PhD 1999
Simple acid-base hydrolytic chemistry approach to molecular self-assembly

 

 

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Jennifer Foster
Hons Undergraduate Research 1998-1999
Examination of a novel approach to the synthesis of sol-gel materials for applications in catalysis
MD (Dalhousie); Pediatric Intensivist, IWK Health Centre, Halifax; Asst. Prof. Clinical faculty, Dalhousie

 

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David Fenwick
Hons Undergraduate Research 1997-1998
Sol-gel materials: Synthesis and applications
Research Associate, Aegera Therapeutics, Montreal

 

Dr. Maria G.L. Petrucci

 

Dr. Maria G.L. Petrucci
PhD 1993
New Routes to heterogenized homogeneous catalysis via simple acid-base hydrolytic chemistry
Photonics R&D program leader, DuPont
Awarded Innovators Under 35 in 2013

 

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Dr. Hongwei Jiang
PhD 1993
Functionalized siloxane based polymers and network materials for second-order nonlinear optic

 

 

Dr. Hongwei Jiang

 

 

Dr. Samuel Tong
MSc 1996
Molecular self-assembly of long chain alcohols, thiols & carboxylic acids on a single substrate via acid-base hydrolytic chemistry
Current Position: Chiropractor

 

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Devin Mitchell
Hons Undergraduate Research 1996-1997
Asymmetric catalysis using organotransition metal complexes with chirality at the transition metal atom
PhD (2008, Victoria); Lab. Tech. Pearson College, Victoria

 

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Jonathan Toker
Hons Undergraduate Research 1995-1996
New organic and organometallic materials for nonlinear optics
PhD (2001, Scripps); Founder, CEO, Toker Engg. LLC, Los Angeles

 

Kevin Bunten

Kevin Bunten
MSc 1995
Synthesis, characterization and a study of the physical properties of pyridine/pyridinium based dialkynyl monomers, oligomers and polymers: Enhancing conjugation by pyridine N-quaternization

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