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The department of Chemistry at McMaster is a vibrant place to study and do research in the chemical sciences. The quality of our faculty, the quality of our facilities and the strong links between our department and other departments and programs means that McMaster Chemistry is one of the best departments in Canada to do productive research and gain hands-on access to modern instrumentation.

List of Research Faculty


Alex Adronov, B.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Berkeley)
Associate Professor, 
Polymer Chemistry, Molecular Architecture, Nanostructured Materials

pas Paul W. Ayers, B.Sc. (Lipscomb), Ph.D. (UNC Chapel Hill)
Density functional theory; computational modeling of enzymes
pb Paul J. Berti, B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (McGill)
Enzyme Mechanisms and Inhibition, Antimicrobial Research
jb2 John D. Brennan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Bioanalytical Chemistry and High Throughput Screening
pbk1 Philip Britz-McKibbin, B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Bioanalytical chemistry; separation science; metabolomics; cellulomics
mab1 Michael A. Brook, B.Sc. (Toronto) , Ph.D. ( McGill )
Silicon-based Biomaterials
fc1 Fred Capretta, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, parallel synthesis
rd2013 Randy Dumont, B.Sc.(Western), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Theory of Molecular Dynamics and Simulation of NMR Spectra
de4 David Emslie, B.Sc., Ph.D (U of Bristol), Associate Chair (Graduate Studies)
Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry, Molecular Inorganic Synthesis, Ligand Design, Reactivity Studies and Catalysis, Atomic Layer Deposition
gg2013 Gillian Goward, B.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Waterloo)
Solid State NMR Methods, Materials Research for Electrochemical Power Sources
ph Paul H.M. Harrison, B.A.Hons.(Chem.) (Oxford), Ph.D. (Alberta),
M.C.I.C. Bioorganic chemistry; biosynthetic processes; biomimetics
ah Adam P. Hitchcock, B.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (British Columbia),
F.C.I.C. Electron impact and synchrotron spectroscopies; X-ray microscopy of proteins
pk1 Peter Kruse, Dipl.Chem.(Friedrich Schiller), Ph.D. (U. of California San Diego)
Surface Chemistry
wjl2 William Leigh, Professor
Photochemistry, Reactive Intermediates and Reactions in Organized Media
yl2013 Yingfu Li, B.Sc. (Anhui), M.Sc. (Beijing), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Structural Biology and Protein/Nucleic Acid Structure/Protein
Nathan Magarvey
Nathan A. Magarvey, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Minnesota)
Natural product chemical biology and drug discovery.
jm James McNulty, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Synthesis; organophosphine chemistry; anticancer drugs; natural product isolation
gm1 Giuseppe Melacini, B.Sc. (Milan), Ph.D. (Milan/U. California San Diego)
Biological NMR, protein structure & dynamics, biomolecular interactions, structural genomics

Jose Moran-Mirabal, M.Sc.(ITESM, Mexico), Ph.D. (Cornell Univ., USA)
Biomaterial pattern design and fabrication, Single Molecule Fluorescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Micro and Nanofabrication

ym1 Yurij Mozharivshkyj, B.Sc., M.Sc.(Lviv Sate) Ph.D. (Iowa State)
Solid State Chemistry of Responsive Materials
ks1 Kalai Saravanamuttu, B.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (McGill)
Sol-gel Materials Chemistry, Fundamental Studies and Applications in Photonics
gs Gary Schrobilgen, B.Sc.(Loras College), M.Sc (Brock), Ph.D. (McMaster)
Synthetic and Structure Main-Group Inorganic Chemistry
hs1 Harald Stover, B.Sc.(Darmstadt), Ph.D. (Ottawa)
Macromolecular Chemistry: Basic and Applied
valliant John F. Valliant, B.Sc., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Medicinal inorganic and radiopharmaceutical chemistry
ivb1 Ignacio Vargas-Baca, B.Sc, M.Sc (UNAM), Ph.D. (Calgary)
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry: Main-group Elements, Nonlinear Optics, Supramolecular Self-assembly

Ryan Wylie, B.Sc (Concordia University), Ph.D., (University of Toronto)
Cell-Matrix Interactions, Biomaterials Research