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Contents:
- Recent Group Photo
- Current Group Members (photos and info)
- Previous Graduate Students (photos and info)
- Previous PDFs and Visiting Research Scientists (photos and info)
- Previous Undergraduate Students (photos and info)
- Various Photos of the Group (lab events etc)

CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Jeffrey

Jeffrey Price (pricej4@mcmaster.ca)
Ph.D. student, OGS

Jeff obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster U. His PhD research is focused on organomanganese chemistry for metal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Catalysis. He currently has two 1st author papers (Organometallics + Angew. Chem.), one 2nd author paper (Organometallics), one review (Coord. Chem. Rev.), and 4 additional manuscripts close to submission.

Aathith

Aathith Vasanthakumar (vasana4@mcmaster.ca)
Ph.D. student

Aathith obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Aathith's research is focused on the design and synthesis of new highly rigid pincer ligands, and applications of these ligands in electropositive metal chemistry.

Katarina

Katarina Paskaruk (paskarkm@mcmaster.ca)
Ph.D. student

Katarina (Katia) obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University, and started as a graduate student in May 2015.

Katia's reserach is focused on the development of ambiphilic ligand transition metal complexes for applications in catalysis.


majeda

Majeda Al Hareri (alharerm@mcmaster.ca)
M.Sc. student, NSERC PGS-D

Majeda obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Brock U., and started as a graduate student in the Emslie group in Sept 2016. She already has 3 publications (2 x 1st and 1 x 2nd author) from her undergrad research in the Pilkington group (Inorg. Chem. 2017, accepted, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 11335-11338, and J. Mater. Chem. C 2015, 3, 7738-7747).

Majeda's research is focused on new approaches in element ALD.

Kevin

Kevin (Ya-Dong) Yu (yuy100@mcmaster.ca)
Visiting Ph.D. student

Kevin is a Ph.D. student at Shantou University, China, and is conducting 1 year of his studies in our group. At Shantou University, Kevin is a member of the Huang research group, and has worked on the synthesis, characterization of Cu and Ag complexes, with a focus on their optical properties (Chem. Commun., 2014, 9000-9002 and 2015, 14489-14492, and Inorg. Chem., 2016, 75-82). Kevin's research in our group is focused on metal complexes of an extremely rigid and bulky pincer linand, XAT.

Novan

Novan Gray (grayna@mcmaster.ca)
Future M.Sc. student (starting Sept 2018)

Novan's was a undergraduate 3RP3 student (Jan-April 2017) in the Emslie group, then a summer student (2017) and a Chem 4G09 student (2017-2018). Novan's 3rd year undergraduate research focused on the development of new co-reactants for metal ALD, while his 4th year research project focused on uranium complexes of new rigid ligands. Novan's graduate research will focus on the development of actinide rigid ligand complexes, and studies of metal-ligand bonding.


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Eliza-Jayne Boisvert (boisvere@mcmaster.ca)
Undergraduate Research Volunteer (Jan-April 2018)
Undergraduate Summer Student
(2018)
CHEM 4G09 Student
(Sept 2018-April 2019)

Eliza-Jayne's research is focused on the development of new pincer ligands and their rare earth complexes for olefin polymerization catalysis.


PREVIOUS GRADUATE STUDENTS (or thesis submitted and defense imminent!)

Kelly

Kelly Motolko - Ph.D. degree received in August 2017. Thesis title: "Rare Earth and Group 4 Transition Metal Complexes of Rigid Dianionic Pincer Ligands"

Kelly obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. Kelly's research in the Emslie lab focused on the organometallic chemistry of early transition metal and f-element complexes supported by rigid pincer ligands, for applications in alkene hydroamination and ethylene polymerization. Kelly's work yielded 4 first-author papers (2 Organometallics, 1 RSC Adv. and 1 Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.), and she defended her PhD in August 2017 (external examiner Prof. Gino Lavoie, York U).

Dr. Nick Andreychuk - Ph.D. degree received in May 2017.
Thesis title: "Rigid NON-Donor Pincer Ligands in Organoactinide Chemistry".

Nick obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Lakehead University, and defended his Ph.D. from the Emslie lab in May 2017 (External examiner Prof. Daniel B. Leznoff, SFU). He currently has 6 papers: 1 from his undergraduate research in the MacKinnon group, and 5 from our group (1 Organometallics, 2 Dalton Trans., and 1 JOMC on uranium complexes + 1 Angew. Chem. and potassium-alkane complexes). A book chapter has been submitted, and 1 further manuscript is in preparation.

Nick was a PDF in the Emslie group for 1 year after graduating.

Carlos

Dr. Brad Cowie - Ph.D. degree received in 2015. Thesis title: "Late transition Metal Complexes of Group 13 Lewis Acid-Containing Ambiphilic Ligands".

Brad obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster U, and defended his Ph.D. from the Emslie lab in October 2015 (External examiner Prof. Joshua S. Figueroa, UCSD). His research focused on the synthesis, study and reactivity of late transition metal complexes bearing borane- and alane-containing ambiphilic ligands. He has 11 papers from McMaster: 1 from undergrad research in the Greedan group, and 10 from our group (9 on ambiphilic ligand complexes including in Angew. Chem., and 1 review).

In Nov 2015, Brad started a PDF (NSERC) in the group of Polly Arnold at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship winner.

Carlos

Dr. Carlos Cruz - Ph.D. degree received from the Emslie group in 2010.
Thesis title: "Rigid Non-Carbocyclic Ancillary Ligands in Organothorium Chemistry".

Carlos obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from McMaster University in 2004, and he graduated with his Ph.D. from the Emslie lab in 2010 (External examiner Prof. William J. Evans - UC Irvine). His research resulted in 5 first-author publications and 1 non-first-author publication, and he was Chemistry Graduate Student President from 2006-2007. Carlos held OGS from 2006-2008, and an NSERC PGS-D for 2008-2010. He was also the recipient of Morrison (2005) and Lock (2006 and 2007) Scholarships.

Carlos is currently a Research Chemist in the Polyolefins Catalyst and Product Development Group at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Oklahoma.

Kelly Natalie Huk - M.Sc. degree received from the Emslie group in 2006.
Thesis title: "Borane-Containing Ligands Based on Thioxanthene, Xanthene and Acridine: Synthesis and Platinum Coordination Chemistry".

Natalie Huk received her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from U Windsor in 2003; her final year undergraduate thesis was with Dr. Chuck Macdonald. She graduated with an M.Sc. from the Emslie lab in 2006, before going on to pursue a 2nd graduate degree in California. Her research was included in 1 paper from the group.

PREVIOUS PDFs OR VISITING RESEARCH SCIENTISTS

Nick

Dr. Nick Andreychuk
Postdoctoral Researcher: 2017-2018

Nick obtained his Ph.D. degree in the Emslie group. His thesis was entitled "Rigid NON-Donor Pincer Ligands in Organoactinide Chemistry".

He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher for 1 year in the Emslie group, working on research focused on the development of new directions in CVD.


Edwin

Dr. Edwin Wong
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2013-2015

Edwin obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the U. Alberta and then completed B.Sc.and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. His Ph.D. was conducted with Prof. Leznoff and his thesis was entitled "An investigation of redox-active isoindoline-based ligands and their coordination complexes". Edwin then worked for 1 year as a PDF in Prof. Cameron Jones' group at Monash University in Australia before joining the Emslie group in April 2013. Edwin's research focused on the development of new rigid pincer ligands and their application in the development of f-element organometallic chemistry, particularly olefin polymerization catalysis. Edwin is now working at E-One Moli Energy (Canada) Limited.

todd

Dr. Todd Whitehorne
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2013-2015

Todd obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Carleton U. in 2007 and then completed an M.Sc. in the Barry group at Carleton U.; " Au(I), Au(III), Ag(I) Amidinate, Guanidinate and Xanthates applied to CVD/ALD deposition of metallic thin films". In 2009 he moved to the Schaper group at Université de Montréal where he completed his Ph.D. entitled "Novel M(II) β-Diketimines for the stereoselective polymerization of lactide". Todd 's research in the Emslie group was focused on the development and study of new precursors and reaction chemistry for metal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). In March 2015, Todd started a position at Digital Specialty Chemicals. In November 2015, he moved on to a position at Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. (AECL).

Preeti

Dr. Preeti Chadha
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2011-2013

Preeti obtained her B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry in 2002 from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from IIT Roorkee. She then worked for 2 years with Prof. B. D. Gupta at IIT Kanpur. In 2011 Preeti received her Ph.D. from the Ragogna group at UWO: "Exploring the Chemistry of Cyclopentadienyl-Cobalt-Cyclobutadiene (CpCoCb) Complexes and Synthesis of Side-Chain CpCoCb Polymers". Preeti joined the Emslie group in Sept 2011, and her research focused on the development and study of new reaction chemistry for metal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). She has 1 review and 2 papers from her time in the group. Preeti worked as a Research Chemist at Green Centre Canada (2013-2017) and is now a Research Scientist at DowDuPont in Kingston, Ontario (2017-current).

Jeffrey

Dr. Bala Vidjayacoumar
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2007-2010

Bala obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry in 1999 from Pondicherry University in India, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2005 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in India. Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, Bala worked for 7 months as a research associate in the group of Prof. R. Mukherjee at IIT Kanpur. He then moved to a position as a PDF with Prof. S. Gambarotta (U Ottawa) in September 2005, and in March 2007, Bala joined the Emslie research group. During this time, his research focused on the development and study of new methods for late transition metal atomic layer deposition (ALD) and he also mentored various students in the area of organouranium chemistry. He has 5 papers so far from his research in the group and is now a Lead Scientist at SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation).

Meera

Dr. Sougandi Ilango
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2007-2008

Sougandi obtained her M.Sc. in Chemistry (1999), an M.Phil. in Bioinorganic Chemistry (2000) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2003) from Pondicherry University in India. From January 2004 to December 2005, Sougandi worked as a PDF in the group of Prof. Jean Marc Latour in Grenoble, France. This postdoctoral work focused on protein purification and EPR titration of metalloproteins. In March 2006, Sougandi moved to a position as a PDF in the group of Prof. S. Gambarotta (U Ottawa), and this was followed by a position as a PDF in the Emslie group (August 2007 to May 2008). During this time, her research focused primarily on organometallic and low valent uranium chemistry and she has 2 papers from this work. She is now an Award Specialist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Venkat Ramalingam
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2008-2009

Venkat obtained his B.Sc. (1999) and M.Sc. (2001) degrees in Chemistry from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. He then completed a Ph.D. in chemistry with Prof. Maravanji S. Balakrishna at IIT Bombay, India. The title of his thesis was "Phosphorus Based Multidentate Ligands: Synthesis, Organometallic Chemistry and applications". In July 2007 he joined the group of Prof. W. Malisch as a PDF at the University of Würzburg, Germany. In December 2008, Venkat joined the Emslie group as a PDF; his research focused on the development and study of new methods for late transition metal atomic layer deposition (ALD). He has 1 paper from this work, and at the end of October 2009, Venkat moved to a faculty position at the PSG Institute for Advanced Studies in Coimbatore, India.

Preeti

Dr. James Blackwell
Visiting Research Scientist for 4 months in 2003

James obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. He then completed an M.Sc. with Prof. M. Lautens (U Toronto), followed by a Ph.D. with Prof. W. Piers (U Calgary), and a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. C. Cummins (MIT).

Before moving to a position as a research chemist at Intel Corporation in Oregon, James worked for 4 months in the Emslie lab as a visiting research scientist. During this time, his research focused on attempted synthesis of our ambiphilic phosphine-thioether-borane ligand, TXPB.


PREVIOUS UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

* 18 out of 24 previous undergraduate students in the lab have or will continue on to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry.

Date Student Position in Emslie Group
Current Position
2017-2018

Novan
Gray

CHEM 3RP3, summer, then CHEM 4G09 student.
Winner of the undergrad thesis talk award.

Undergrad. Will start grad studies in the Emslie group in Sept 2018.
2017-2018 Andrew Broomfield

CHEM 4G09 thesis student.

Undergrad. Planning grad studies in inorganic chemistry.
2016-2017

Aisling
Roper

CHEM 4G09 thesis student (3rd year undergrad research student from the U. Bristol, England)

Completed undergrad degree at
U Bristol
2016-2017

John
Box

CHEM 4G09 thesis student (3rd year undergrad research student from the U. Bristol, England)

Completed undergrad degree at
U Bristol

2015-2016 Alon
Genkin

CHEM 4G09 thesis student (co-op).

Unknown

2015-2016

Lilly
Vo

Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.

Unknown

2015-2016

Matt
Sinclair

CHEM 4G09 thesis student (3rd year undergrad research student from the U. Bristol, England)

Starting PhD in Chaplin group at Warwick in Sept 2017.
2014-2015 Katarina Paskaruk

Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.

PhD student in the Emslie group (see grad student section for more details)

2013-2014 Tara
Dickie

CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
Paper published from undergrad Th research.

PhD student in the Hayes group (U Lethbridge)

2012-2013 Judy (Fu An) Tsao

Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
1 paper (Angew. Chem.) from undergrad research.

PhD from the Stephan group (U of T)
2012-2013 Adam Pantaleo

Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
Winner of the undergrad thesis talk award.

MSc from the Song group (U of T)
2011-2012 Meera
Mehta
Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
1 of 2 runners up for undergrad thesis talk award.
PhD from the Stephan group (U of T). Now PDF at Oxford U, England.
2010-2011 Jeffrey
Price
Summer student, then CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
1 of 2 runners up for undergrad thesis talk award.
PhD student in the Emslie group (see PhD student section for more details)
2009-2010 Velislava Bachvarova

CHEM 4G09 thesis student.

Unknown
2009 Kelly
Motloko
Summer student after completing her B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario.
PhD from the Emslie group.
2008-2009 Terry
Chu

CHEM 4G09 student, then summer student. 2 papers (Dalton Trans. and JOMC) from undergrad research.

M.Sc. from Piers group (Calgary). Ph.D. from Nikonov group (Brock). Now PDF at Los Alamos.
2007-2008 Brad
Cowie
CHEM 4G09 thesis student,
then NSERC USRA summer student in 2008.

PhD from Emslie group. Now PDF with Polly Arnold at U Edinburgh, Scotland

2007-2008 Jordan Thomson

CHEM 4G09 thesis student.
Winner of undergraduate thesis talk award.

PhD from Ozin group (U Toronto). Then Greeen Centre, followed by DuPont Canada.
2007-2008 Matt
Ray

3rd year undergraduate research student from the University of Bristol, England. 1 paper (Dalton Trans.) from U research.

PhD from Kilian group at St. Andrews in Scotland. Now research & process development chemist at Addivant.
2006 Rachelle Kleinberger Summer student in 2006.

PhD from the Stover group
(McMaster U)

2005-2006 Simon
Oakley

CHEM 4G06, then summers student. Winner of undergraduate thesis talk award. 2 papers (Dalton Trans. and Organometallics) from undergrad.

M.Sc. from the Hicks group
(U Victoria)

2005 Kyle
Parker
NSERC USRA student. 1 paper (Organometallics) from undergraduate Rh research. PhD from Fryzuk group at UBC.
2004 Abdullah Alabousi B.HSc.(Honours) 3H03 undergrad research project. Obtained Medical degree from UWO
2003-2004 Carlos
Cruz

CHEM 4G06 thesis student.

Completed Ph.D. in Emslie group. Now researcher at Chevron Phillips.

Pictures of previous undergraduate students:


Novan Gray (2017-2018)
Novan

Andrew Broomfield (2017-2018)
Andrew
Aisling Roper(2016-2017)
AislingRoper
John Box (2016-2017)
JohnBox
Alon Genkin (2015-2016)
Alon
Lilly Vo (2015-2016)
Lilly
Matt Sinclair (2015-2016)
Matt S
Katarina Paskaruk (2014-2015)
Judy
Tara Dickie (2013-2014)
Adam
Adam Pantaleo (2012-2013)
Adam
Judy (Fu An) Tsao (2012-2013)
Judy
Meera Mehta (2011-2012)
Meera
Jeffrey Price(2010-2011)
Jeffrey
Velislava Bachvarova (2009-2010)
Jordan2007
Kelly Motolko (2009)
Kelly
Terry Chu (2008-2009)
Terry
Brad Cowie (2007-2008)
Brad
Matt Ray (2007-2008)
MattRay2007
Jordan Thomson (2007-2008)
Jordan2007
Rachelle Kleinberger (2006)
Rachelle
Simon Oakley (2005-2006)
Simon
Kyle Parker (2005)
Kyle
Carlos Cruz (2003)
Carlos

SELECTED RECENT PHOTOS

Undergraduate Chemistry Thesis Night - March 2018
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Photos from Chem Dept Xmas Dinner - December 2017
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Dinner at Brux House - December 2017
2017 Xmas

Kelly Graduation - November 2017


Braduation - July 2016 / Nick Graduation - June 2017
Brad Graduation Nick Grad

Edwin's Last Day in the Lab - Dinner at the Phoenix - April 2015
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Lab Christmas Dinner - Dec 2014 ( Emslie group + Escapees)
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dec 2014

Lab BBQ - Sept 2014Phoenix2011

Emslie Group in October 2014 - From left to right - Brad Cowie, Katarina Paskaruk, Kelly Motolko, Nick Andreychuk, Todd Whitehorne, Kris Kolpin, Edwin Wong, Aathith Vasanthakumar
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