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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

Jeffrey obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University. Jeff's PhD research is focused on the development of organometallic precursors and reaction chemistries for metal Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), and development of organomanganese chemistry in general. He currently has 2 first-author papers (Organometallics + Angew. Chem.) and 1 review (Coord. Chem. Rev.).

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

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.

Nick

Nick Andreychuk (andreynr@mcmaster.ca)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Nick defended his thesis entitled "Rigid NON-Donor Pincer Ligands in Organoactinide Chemistry" on May 01, 2017.

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Emslie group, working on a very different research project with a focus on the development of new directions in CVD.


Novan

Novan Gray (grayna@mcmaster.ca)
Undergraduate 3RP3 Research Practicum Student (Jan-April 2017)
Undergraduate Summer Student (March-Aug 2017)
CHEM 4G09 Student (Sept 2017-April 2018)

Novan's research is focused on the development of new co-reactants for metal ALD.


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

Kelly

Kelly Motolko (motolkks@mcmaster.ca) - Ph.D. degree received in 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/alkyne hydroamination and ethylene polymerization. Kelly's work yielded 4 first-author papers (2 Organometallics, 1 RSC Adv. and 1 Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.).

Dr. Nick Andreychuk - Ph.D. degree received in 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 5 papers: 1 from his undergraduate research in the MacKinnon group, and 4 from our group (1 Organometallics, 1 Dalton Trans. & 1 JOMC on uranium complexes, 1 Angew. Chem. and potassium-alkane complexes). A book chapter has been submitted, and two further manuscripts are in preparation.

Nick is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Emslie group, working on very different research focused on the development of new directions in CVD.

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 University, 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 currently has 9 papers: 1 from his undergraduate research in the Greedan group, and 8 from our group (7 papers on ambiphilic ligand complexes including in Angew. Chem., and 1 review). Furthermore, 2 additional manuscripts are in preparation.

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

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 Bartlesville, 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 the University of 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

Edwin

Dr. Edwin Wong
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2013-2015

Edwin obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Alberta and then completed B.Sc.and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. His Ph.D. was conducted under the supervision of 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 was focused on the development of new ultra-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 University in 2007 and then completed an M.Sc. in the Barry group at Carleton University; " 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 is 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. degree from the Ragogna group at UWO; her thesis was entitled "Exploring the Chemistry of Cyclopentadienyl-Cobalt-Cyclobutadiene (CpCoCb) Complexes and Synthesis of Side-Chain CpCoCb Polymers". Preeti joined the Emslie group in September 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 started a position at Green Centre Canada in September 2013.

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 senor research 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 currently looking after a son (Shiva, born July 2008) and a daughter (Sivani, born August 2012).

Venkat2010

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

* 15 out of 18 previous undergraduate students in the lab (those that have completed their undergrad degree) have continued on to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry.

Date Student Position in Emslie Group
Current Position
2016-2017 Aisling
Roper

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

Finishing undergrad degree at U Bristol
2016-2017

John
Box

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

Finishing 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 pending from undergrad Th research.

Grad 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.

Grad student in Stephan group (U of T)
2012-2013 Adam Pantaleo

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

Completed MSc in 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.
Grad student in Stephan group (U of T)
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 student in the Emslie group (see PhD student section for more details)
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 student in Emslie group (see PhD student section for more details)

2007-2008 Jordan Thomson

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

PhD from Ozin group (U Toronto). Then Greeen Centre. Then 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. Currently a graduate student in 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.

Completed an M.Sc. in 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:

Carlos Cruz (2003)
Carlos

Kyle Parker (2005)
Kyle

Simon Oakley (2005-2006)
Simon
Rachelle Kleinberger (2006)
Rachelle
Jordan Thomson (2007-2008)
Jordan2007
Matt Ray (2007-2008)
MattRay2007
Brad Cowie (2007-2008)
Brad
Terry Chu (2008-2009)
Terry
Kelly Motolko (2009)
Kelly
Velislava Bachvarova (2009-2010)
Jordan2007
Jeffrey Price(2010-2011)
Jeffrey

Meera Mehta (2011-2012)
Meera

Judy (Fu An) Tsao (2012-2013)
Judy
Adam Pantaleo (2012-2013)
Adam

Tara Dickie (2013-2014)
Adam

Katarina Paskaruk (2014-2015)
Judy

Matt Sinclair (2015-2016)
Matt S

Lilly Vo (2015-2016)
Lilly


Alon Genkin (2015-2016)
Alon

John Box (2016-2017)
JohnBox

Aisling Roper(2016-2017)
AislingRoper


SELECTED RECENT PHOTOS

Nick Graduation - June 2017
Nick Grad

Dinner at Bread Bar - December 2016
Brad Graduation

Braduation - July 2016
Brad Graduation

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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Kelly's Wedding - October 19, 2013Phoenix2011

Emslie Group in May 2012 - From left to right - Back row:Aathith, Nick, Kris, Adam and Emslie, Middle row: Brad, Kelly, Preeti and Jeffrey, Front row: Judy and Meera
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Emslie Group - 4G09 Presentation Day (on St. Patrick's Day!!) - Top left: Kris, Nick and Brad, Top right: Emslie and Brad, Bottom Left: Nick with green beer, Bottom Right: Jeffrey with Nataly and Lucia
Phoenix2011


Most of the Emslie Group in Summer 2011 - Left to right (starting at the front of the table): Imposter, Nick Andreychuk, Kris Kolpin, Kelly Motolko, Brad Cowie, Preeti Chadha, Meera Mehta
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Emslie Group in Summer 2010 - Left to right (group members are marked with arrows): Sougandi Ilango, Bala Vidjayacoumar, Kristopher Kolpin, Brad Cowie, Kelly Motolko, Nick Andreychuk, Carlos Cruzpool

Carlos' Wedding in Summer 2009 -
Left to right: Shiva Haari, Bala, Sougandi, Travis, Kelly, Brad, Nat, DE, Anastasia, James
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Anastasia, James, DE, Sougandi, Shiva Haari, Bala, Rachelle, Simon, Brad, Nat, Kelly, Travis.
CarlosWedding2