The Boss:

Thomas Baumgartner
PhD, University of Bonn, Germany


Graduate Students:

Tom Welsh (NSERC, Eyes High)
BSc (Hon), University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
Project: Low-coordinate P-based Ligands and their Metal Complexes
Co-supervised with Greg Welch (Calgary)


Nayanthara Asok
MSc, Vellore Institute of Technology, India
Project: P-functionalized Dithienophospholes

Post-Doctoral Fellows:


Dr. Joshua Gaffen
PhD (Protasewicz group), Case Western Reserve University, USA 
Project: New P-containing Building Blocks


Dr. Colin Bridges (York Science Fellow)
PhD (Seferos group), University of Toronto 
Project: Development of Electroactive Battery Materials

Dr. Paul Demay-Drouhard (Mitacs Accelerate)
PhD (Bertrand/Policar group), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
Project: Phosphorus-containing Ligands and Materials 

Dr. Andryj Borys (joint with C. Caputo)
PhD (Clark group), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
joining in September

Undergraduate Students:


Anyi (Abbey) Zou 
Chem4000 Student
Project: New P-containing Building Blocks

Amirhossein Yeganeh
Summer Student 2019
joining in May

Stephanie Lo (YSSA)
Summer Student 2019
joining in May

Visiting Scientists:

Johannes Ascherl
Visiting PhD student, University of Heidelberg, Germany (Kivala group)
joining in April

Alumni / Hall of Fame

Graduate Students:

Toni Neumann (Dipl. Chem., RWTH-Aachen, 2005)
present position: Scientist with Arcelor S.A., Luxemburg

Dr. Yvonne Dienes (Dr. rer. nat., RWTH-Aachen, 2008)
present position: Material and Process Industrialization R&D, Continental AG, Hanover, Germany

Dr. Stefan Durben (Dipl. Chem., RWTH-Aachen, 2006; PhD, Calgary, 2011; AIF)
present position: Scientist with Ontex Mayen GmbH, Germany

C. Jansen Chua (MSc, Calgary, 2011; QE-II)
BSc, University of British Columbia, Canada  
present position: Lab Analyst with ALS Global, Edmonton

Dr. Yi Ren (PhD, Calgary, 2012; AIF)
MSc, Jilin University, China
present position: Assistant Professor (tenure track), ShanghaiTech University


Jordan Wilson (MSc, Calgary, 2012; QE-II)
BSc, McGill University, Canada
present position: Operations Manager at AGAT Laboratories Ltd., Calgary

Alva Woo (MSc, Calgary, 2014; QE-II)
BSc, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
present position: Research Technologist, Nova Chemicals, Calgary

Dr. Zisu (Thomas) Wang (PhD, Calgary, 2017; AITF)
MSc, Zhengzhou University, China
present position: R&D Scientist, Alberta Research Chemicals Inc., Edmonton


Nicole Grenon (MSc, Calgary, 2017; QE-II)
BSc (Hon), Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
present position: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary


Francesco Tintori
Laurea, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
present positon: PhD student University of Calgary (Welch group)

Dr. Monika Stolar (
PhD, Calgary, 2017; QE-II, NSERC, AITF)
BSc (Hon), University of Calgary, Canada
present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Swager group)

Liisa MacLean (MSc, Calgary, 2018)
BSc (Hon), University of Ottawa, Canada
present position:  Oenology and Viticulture program, Brock University

Laura Striepe 
(MSc, Calgary, 2018; QE-II)
BSc, University of Calgary, Canada
present position: JUUL labs, San Francisco


Dr. Dong-Ren Bai (Dec. 2007 - Feb. 2010)
Ph.D., (Wang group) Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
present position: Calgary

Dr. Matt Henderson (Aug. 2009 - Jun. 2010; joint with C. Berlinguette)
Ph.D., (McIndoe group) University of Victoria, Canada
present position: Research scientist with Fusion Technologies Inc., Calgary

Dr. Thomas Linder (Mar. 2009 - Feb. 2011; joint with T. Sutherland)
Dr. rer. nat., (Sundermeyer group) Phillips-University Marburg, Germany  
present position: R&D Scientist with Lanxess, Germany

Dr. Robin Krüger (Jun. 2008 - Apr. 2011; joint with T. Sutherland)
Dr. rer. nat., (Broering group) Phillips-University Marburg, Germany
present position: Project Manager with LPKF Laser and Electronics AG, Hanover, Germany

Dr. Terry Gordon (Mar. 2009 - May 2011; joint with C. Berlinguette, T. Sutherland)
Ph.D., (Holdcroft group) Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 
present position:  Scientist with PowerTech Labs, Inc., Surrey    


Dr. Yuen-ying Carpenter (Jan. 2011 - Aug. 2011)
Ph.D., (Burford group) Dalhousie University, Canada
present position: Instructor (tenure track), Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Xiaoming He (Feb. 2012 - Nov. 2013)
Ph.D., (Yam group) University of Hong Kong, China
present position: Professor (1000 Talents Program), Tongji University, China

Dr. Christian Reus (Humboldt & Killam fellow; Oct. 2014 - Nov. 2015)
Dr. rer. nat., (Wagner group) Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
present position: R&D Project Manager, Evonik Industries, Germany

Dr. Szymon Wiktorowicz (Eyes High fellow; Feb. 2015 - Jan. 2016)
Ph.D., (Tenhu group) University of Helsinki, Finland
present position: Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Dr. Sergio Sánchez (Eyes High Fellow; July 2016-June 2017)
Ph.D. (Lalinde group), Universidad de La Rioja, Spain
present position: Research Scientist, FREDsense Technologies, Calgary

Dr. Markus Börgardts (
DFG fellow; January 2017-January 2018)
Dr. rer. nat., (Müller group), University of Düsseldorf, Germany
present position: R&D Scientist, Dottikon ES AG, Switzerland 

Visiting Scientists and Research Assistants:

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Dr. Carlos Romero Nieto (Jul./Aug. 2007, and Jan. - Nov. 2008)
Visiting PhD student, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain
present position: Habilitand at University of Heidelberg, Germany

Felix Biegger (Fall 2011)
TASSEP Visiting student, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Vienna University of Technology
present position: somewhere in Austria 

Hannes Puntscher (Fall 2012/Winter 2013) 
Visiting student, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
present position: PhD student at University of Vienna


Johannes Nebauer (Fall 2014) 
Visiting student, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Tykwinski group) 
present position: PhD student at University Heidelberg, Germany (Kivala group)

Vroni Walter (Winter 2016)
Visiting PhD student, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Tykwinski group)
present position: R&D scientist, Germany

Masato Okazaki (Summer 2016)
Visiting PhD student, Osaka University, Japan (Minakata/Takeda group)
present position: Scientist at Teijin Limited, Japan

Joel Viccars (Summer 2009)
present position: somewhere in Calgary

Raphael Jimenez (Summer/Fall 2009) 
present position: self-employed, Calgary

Shirley Xing (Jan. 2009 - Aug. 2011) 
present position: 
Chiropractor somewhere in Canada

Undergraduate Students (York University):

Carmen Chu 
Summer student 2018 (NSERC), UBC-Coop
current position: continuing at UBC

Undergraduate Students (University of Calgary):

Marcus Vespa
Summer student 2016, 2017, Chem 502 student 2016/17, University of Calgary 

present position: Graduate studies, University of Victoria (Manners group)

Ziyue Zhu (Summer 2016)
MITACS Globalink student, Wuhan University, China 
present position: Graduate studies, UC Santa Barbara (Bazan group)


Donny Mayder (Winter 2016)
Chem 402 student, University of Calgary
present position: Graduate studies, UBC, Vancouver (Hudson group)

Racheal Huynh 
Summer student 2015, University of Calgary
present position: Graduate studies, University of Calgary (Shimizu group)


Rochita Sundar (Summer 2015)
MITACS Globalink student, Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati
present position: Graduate studies, UBC, Vancouver (Bizzotto group)


Tatiana Avila (Winter 2014)
Exchange student from Universidad Complutense, Madrid
present position: Project Manager, Madrid

Laura Leon (Fall 2014)
Chem 402 student, University of Calgary
present position: unknown

Jitendra Gurjar (Summer 2014)
MITACS Globalink student, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Bhopal
present position: Graduate studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Jeffrey Vanderkley
Chem 502 student 2013/14, University of Calgary
present position: Engineer in Training, Canadian National Resources Limited, Calgary

Sandra Navarro-Muñoz (Summer 2013)
MITACS Globalink student, University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
present position: Graduate studies at Université Laval

Ashley Shannon 
Summer student 2013, University of Calgary 
present prosition: Calgary

Huy Huynh 
Summer student 2012, Chem 502 student 2012/13,  University of Calgary
MSc, University of Toronto (Seferos group)
present position: Senior Research Associate, Gilead Sciences, Edmonton

Emad Hajar 
Chem 502 student 2012/13, University of Calgary
present position: Bank Clerk, Calgary

Christine Weichselbaum 
DAAD RISE student from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Summer 2012 
present position: Graduate student in Germany

Carita Sequeira 
ICE 2012 student from the University of Victoria, Canada 
present position: Graduate studies, University of Calgary (Ling group)

Lisa Szabo 
Summer student 2009, 2010, 2011, Chem 502 student 2010/11, University of Calgary
present position: Scientist with Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City

Ila Kormos
Summer student 2008 & 2009, research assistant fall/winter 2008/09, University of Calgary  
present position: Critical Control Solutions, Calgary

Sean Byrne 
TASSEP student, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Fall 2008 
present position: unknown

Mike Boone
Summer student 2007, NSERC 2008, research assistant Fall 2008
PhD, University of Toronto (Stephan group)
present position: Epsilon Chemicals Ltd., Edmonton

Matthias Kuhlmann (Winter-Spring 2008)
Visiting undergraduate student, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany
present position: R&D Scientist, Fa. Coltène/Whaledent, Switzerland

Debby Nickel (Fall 2007/Winter 2008) 
Visiting undergraduate student, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany
present position: 

Randy Khalil 
Summer 2007, University of Calgary 
present position: Oil and gas industry, Ft. McMurray, AB

Undergraduate Students (RWTH-Aachen University, Germany):

Toni Neumann                      Clemens Minnich
Bastian Wirges                      Werner Bergmans
Thomas Weyand                   Marcel Fiege
Matthias Eggenstein            Anika Thomas
Florian Pontzen                    Wolfram Wilk

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