Chemistry covers a wide range of subject matter, from synthetic organic chemistry to chemical physics and theory, including inorganic, organic, analytical, biological, physical, theoretical, nuclear, environmental, and materials chemistry.


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Faculty Members in Chemistry

Name Research Interests
Algar, Russ Luminescent Materials; Bio/Chemical Sensing; Materials synthesis and biofunctionalization; Understanding the nanoparticle interface; New energy transfer configurations for sensing and imaging; Point-of-care diagnostic devices; Intracellular sensing
Andersen, Raymond Chemicals produced by marine organisms
Berlinguette, Curtis Combinatorial Chemistry; CO2 conversion and utilization; clean energy; advanced solar cells; electrochromic windows; dynamic windows; hydrogen fuels production; catalysis; robotics and automation; machine learning / artificial intelligence
Bertram, Allan Atmospheric sciences; Chemical sciences; Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects); Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols
Bizzotto, Dan Chemical sciences; Electrochemical Systems; Surface Characterization; Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers; Sensors and Devices; Electrochemical and Fuel Cells; biosensors; electrocatalysis; Electrochemistry; fluorescence microscopy; interfacial analysis; self assembled monolayers; spectroelectrochemistry
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Chemical sciences; atmospheric chemistry; chemical mechanisms; atmospheric ice nucleation; Biogeochemistry; mass spectrometry; Photochemistry; indoor chemistry; atmospheric aerosols; singlet oxygen
Brooks, Donald microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research
Brumer, Harry Biochemistry; Chemical sciences; Genomics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; biomass; carbohydrates; cellulose; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Enzymes; microbiota; plant cell walls; polysaccharides
Burke, Sarah Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics
Chen, David Instrumentation
Chou, Keng Chang Chemical physics
Ciufolini, Marco organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, synthetic methodology, natural products, Environmentally responsible preparative reactions
Dake, Gregory Organic, bioactive, metal as catalyist
Fryzuk, Michael energy; fuel cells; hydrogeny economy; nitrogen fixation, Metal, energy
Gates, Derek Inorganic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, catalysis
Grant, Edward Spectroscopy, molecular electronic structure, Chemical physics
Hein, Jason discovery, design and study of new organometallic and organocatalytic reactions; investigating complex systems where multiple pathways compete, partitioning the active catalyst among many possible pathways
Hepburn, John Chemical physics
Huan, Tao Bioinformatics, n.e.c.; Analytical spectrometry; Cancer progression and metastasis; Metabolomics; Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry; Cellular Metabolism; Bioinformatics
Hudson, Zachary Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Organic chemical synthesis; Optical properties of materials; Luminescent materials; Organic electronics; Polymer chemistry; Organic chemistry; Organic light-emitting diodes
Jetter, Reinhard Analytical Chemistry; Plant Ecophysiology; Plant Biochemistry; Molecular Genetics; Biological Chemistry
Krems, Roman Theoretical chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Dynamics of few- and many-body molecular systems in electromagnetic fields
Li, Hongbin Biophysical chemistry, biomaterials, single molecule studies, biological, atomic force, polymer chemistry
MacFarlane, Andrew Chemical physics, Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors
MacLachlan, Mark Supramolecular inorganic chemistry; Inorganic materials; Supramolecular organic chemistry; Synthesis of materials; Functional materials in materials chemistry sciences; Supramolecular Chemistry; Nanomaterials; Biomaterials; Cellulose nanocrystals; Chitin; Materials Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry
McIntosh, Lawrence Protein structure-dynamics-function; Regulation of gene expression; Signal transduction; Cancer; Enzyme mechanisms
Mehrkhodavandi, Parisa Chemical sciences; Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Polymers; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Bio-based polymers; Bioproducts; catalysis; Green Chemistry; Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry; Polymer Chemistry and Characterization
Momose, Takamasa Spectroscopy, Chemical physics
Nichols, Eva Inorganic catalysis and reaction mechanisms; carbon dioxide reduction; electrocatalysis; bioinspired catalyst designs; molecularly-modified materials; molecular mechanisms; self-assembled monolayers; operando spectroscopy
Orians, Kristin Chemical Oceanography, Trace metals in seawater
Orvig, Chris Chemical sciences; Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis; Imaging; Inorganic and Organometallic Compounds; Nuclear medicine; Chemical Processes; Chemotherapy; bioinorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; ligand design and synthesis; medicinal inorganic chemistry; radiopharmaceutical chemistry
Patey, Grenfell Liquid dynamics, chemical physics
Perrin, David Bioorganic Chemistry, Combinatorial Chemistry Enzyme Mimics Antisense Therapies, Radiopharmaceuticals
Reid, Jolene
Rojas, Orlando Nanopolysaccharides (based on cellulose, chitin, starches and others); Bacterial nanocelluloses; Cellulose derivatives; Lignins, colloidal lignins, nanolignins and their uses; Renewable biopolymers (hemicelluloses, proteins, chitin and chitosan, alginates and others); Multiphase systems (emulsions, foams, dispersed systems), gels, aerogels; Films, filaments and hybrid materials; Nanocomposites; Bioactive systems; Fiber processing; Pulp and paper
Ryan, Katherine drug molecules in use today are organic compounds isolated from organisms such as bacteria, plants, and fungi; understand how natural products are made.
Sammis, Glenn Methods development, natural product synthesis, organic free radicals, radical fluorination
Schafer, Laurel catalysis, chemical synthesis, heterocycles, titanium, zirconium, yttrium, tantalum, hydroamination, hydroaminoalkyltion, biodegraable polymers, sustainable synthesis, Green Chemistry, Organometallic and organic chemistry
Sherman, John Molecular structure of protein
Straus, Suzana Chemical sciences; Proteins; Antimicrobial peptides; Protein-protein interactions; Structure-function; Viral membrane proteins
Tanner, Martin Enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of the sialic acids in mammals
Thachuk, Mark Reaction dynamics, mathematical techniques, Chemical physics
Wang, Yan Quantum chemistry, Chemical physics
Withers, Stephen Enzymes and Proteins; Blood Substitutes; Organic Molecules and Biomolecules; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Diabetes; Drug development; enzyme inhibition; carbohydrates; glycobiology; metagenomics; directed evolution
Wolf, Michael materials chemistry; polymer light-emitting devices; chemical sensors; conductive polymers, Electronic or photonic polymers

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