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The Boss

Thomas Baumgartner
Ph.D., University of Bonn, Germany

The group from another dimension

Graduate Students

Reza Dadgar Yeganeh

MSc, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

Project: New P-containing Buiding Blocks

Amaar Hussein

HBSc, York University

Project: Functionalization of Organophosphorus Materials

Farnaz Rezaei

BSc, University of Zanjan, Iran

Project: Quinoidal P-containing Molecular Systems

Samira Komijani

BSc, Kharazmi University, Iran

Project: Redox-active active organophosphorus materials

Casey Lenart
(joint with C. Caputo)

BSc, University of Ottawa

Project: Electron-acceptor materials for batteries

Mary Odagwe

BSc, University of Calgary

Project: Self-Assembled Materials

Abdullah Al Ramadhan

BSc, Toronto Metropolitan University

Project: Value-added, Dye-based Materials

Madison Diamantopoulos

BSc, Wilfrid Laurier University

joining in Fall 2024


Dr. Kuldeep Jaiswal

Ph.D. (Singh group), IISER Mohali, India

Project: New P-containing Buiding Blocks

Undergraduate Students

Hannah Le

(former ENURA student)

Project: Modified Vat dyes

Sergio Ambrico

Project: polar conjugated materials

Visiting Scientists

Currently none

Alumni / Hall of Fame

Graduate Students

Dr. Nayanthara Asok

(PhD, YorkU 2023; Mitacs RTA, OGS), MSc, Vellore Institute of Technology, India

last know position: Applying for Postdoc positions

Amy Laturski 

(MSc, YorkU, 2021, joint with C. Caputo; Stong, Pollard, and OGS), BSc (Hon), York University 
last known position: Ph.D. student, Stanford University (DeSimone group)

Dr. Tom Welsh 

(Ph.D., Calgary, 2019, joint with G. Welch; NSERC, Eyes High), BSc (Hon), University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
last known position: PDF, University of Glasgow, UK (Draper group)

Laura Striepe

(MSc, Calgary, 2018; QE-II), BSc, University of Calgary, Canada
last known position: Scientist, Analytical Chemistry, JUUL labs, San Francisco

Liisa MacLean

(MSc, Calgary, 2018), BSc (Hon), University of Ottawa, Canada
last known position: Enologist, Monte Creek Winery, BC

Dr. Monika Stolar

(Ph.D., Calgary, 2017; QE-II, NSERC, AITF), BSc (Hon), University of Calgary, Canada
last known position: Research Manager, Dept. of Chemistry, UBC

Francesco Tintori

Laurea, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
last known position: Industrial postdoc, Genoptic LED, Calgary

Nicole Grenon

(MSc, Calgary, 2017; QE-II), BSc (Hon), Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
last known position: High school teacher, Calgary

Dr. Zisu (Thomas) Wang

(Ph.D., Calgary, 2017; AITF), MSc, Zhengzhou University, China
last known position: R&D Scientist, Alberta Research Chemicals Inc., Edmonton

Alva Woo 

(MSc, Calgary, 2014; QE-II), BSc, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
last known position: Research Scientist, Nova Chemicals, Calgary

Jordan Wilson

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

Dr. Yi Ren

(Ph.D., Calgary, 2012; AIF), MSc, Jilin University, China
last known position: Assistant Professor (PI, tenure track), Shanghai Tech University

C. Jansen Chua

(MSc, Calgary, 2011; QE-II), BSc, University of British Columbia, Canada  
last known position: Lab Analyst with ALS Global, Edmonton

Dr. Stefan Durben

(Dipl. Chem., RWTH-Aachen, 2006; Ph.D., Calgary, 2011; AIF)
last known position: Group Engineering Manager, Ontex Mayen GmbH, Germany

Dr. Yvonne Dienes

(Dr. rer. nat., RWTH-Aachen, 2008), last known position: Tread Compound Development, Continental AG, Hanover, Germany

Toni Neumann

(Dipl. Chem., RWTH-Aachen, 2005), last known position: Head of continuous casting, Arcelor Mittal, Luxemburg


Dr. Joshua Gaffen

(04/2018 - 04/2020; 08/2021 - 08/2022, joint with C. Caputo) Ph.D. (Protasewicz), Case Western Reserve University, USA 
last known position: job hunting in the USA

Dr. Matthew Gradiski 

(01/2022 - 08/2022) Ph.D. (Morris), University of Toronto
last known position: Application Scientist, ACD Labs, Toronto

Dr. Vanessa Béland

(01/2020 - 12/2021) Ph.D. (Ragogna), Western University
last known position: Postdoc, MPI Mülheim (Cornella group)

Dr. Dandan Miao

(12/2020 - 12/2021)
PhD (Morin), Université Laval
last known position: somewhere in Toronto 

Dr. Paul Demay-Drouhard

(Mitacs Accelerate Fellow, 01/2019 - 02/2021) PhD (Bertrand/ Policar), École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France
last known position: Research Associate, CNRS Orléans, France

Dr. Colin Bridges 

(York Science Fellow; 05/2018 - 07/2020) Ph.D. (Seferos), University of Toronto 
last known position: R&D Scientist, DuPont Canada

Dr. Andryj Borys 

(09/2019 - 04/2020; joint with C. Caputo) Ph.D. (Clark), University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
last known position: Postdoc, University of Berne (Hevia group)

Dr. Markus Börgardts 

(DFG fellow; 01/2017-01/2018) Dr. rer. nat., (Müller), University of Düsseldorf, Germany
last known position: Head of R&D Advanced Silicones, Evonik Industries, Germany

Dr. Sergio Sánchez

(Eyes High Fellow; 06/2016-06/2017) Ph.D. (Lalinde), Universidad de La Rioja, Spain
last known position: Research Scientist, FREDsense Technologies, Calgary

Dr. Szymon Wiktorowicz 

(Eyes High fellow; 02/2015 - 01/2016) Ph.D., (Tenhu) University of Helsinki, Finland
last known position: Manager Innovation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Dr. Christian Reus 

(Humboldt & Killam fellow; 10/2014 - 11/2015)
Dr. rer. nat., (Wagner) Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
last known position: Research Manager, Evonik Industries, Germany

Dr. Xiaoming He

(02/2012 - 11/2013) Ph.D., (Yam) University of Hong Kong, China
last known position: Professor, Shaanxi Normal University, China

Dr. Yuen-ying Carpenter 

(01/2011 - 08/2011) Ph.D., (Burford) Dalhousie University, Canada
last known position: Associate Professor (Teaching), Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Terry Gordon

(03/2009 - 05/2011; joint with C. Berlinguette, T. Sutherland) Ph.D., (Holdcroft) Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 
last known position:  Scientist with PowerTech Labs, Inc., Surrey, BC

Dr. Robin Krüger

(06/2008 - 04/2011; joint with T. Sutherland) Dr. rer. nat., (Broering) Phillips-University Marburg, Germany
last known position: Project Manager with LPKF Laser and Electronics AG, Hanover, Germany

Dr. Thomas Linder

(03/2009 - 02/2011; joint with T. Sutherland) Dr. rer. nat., (Sundermeyer) Phillips-University Marburg, Germany  
last known position: Product Development, Lanxess, Germany

Dr. Matt Henderson

(08/2009 - 06/2010; joint with C. Berlinguette), Ph.D., (McIndoe) University of Victoria, Canada
last known position: Research scientist with Fusion Technologies Inc., Calgary

Dr. Dong-Ren Bai

(12/2007 - 02/2010)
Ph.D., (Wang) Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
last known position: somewhere Calgary

Visiting Scientists and Research Assistants

Cheryl Cai Hui Tan

(Summer/Fall 2023) CN Yang Scholar, NTU Singapore
last known position: continuing at NTU

Julius Wjibenga 

(Fall 2022) Visiting MSc student, University of Bonn, Germany
last known position: continuing at University of Bonn

Robert Neubaur

(Fall 2022) Visiting MSc student, Goethe University, Frankfurt/M, Germany
last known position: continuing at Goethe University

Dr. Johannes Ascherl

(Spring 2019) Visiting Ph.D. student, University of Heidelberg, Germany (Kivala)
last known position: R&D Chemist, Umicore AG & Co. KG, Germany

Dr. Masato Okazaki

(Summer 2016) Visiting Ph.D. student, Osaka University, Japan (Minakata/Takeda)
last known position: Scientist at Teijin Limited, Japan

Dr. Vroni Walter

(Winter 2016) Visiting Ph.D. student, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Tykwinski)
last known position: Head of R&D, Epple Druckfarben, Germany

Dr. Johannes Nebauer

(Fall 2014) Visiting student, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (Tykwinski) 
last known position: Lab manager, BASF Construction Additives, Germany

Hannes Puntscher

(Fall 2012/Winter 2013) 
TASSEP Visiting student, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
last known position: Ph.D. student at University of Vienna

Dr. Felix Biegger

(Fall 2011)
TASSEP Visiting student, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology
last known position: somewhere in Austria

Dr. Carlos Romero Nieto 

(07&08/2007, and 01-11/2008) Visiting Ph.D. student, Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain
last known position: Professor at Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha, Spain

Shirley Xing

(01/2009 - 08/2011) 
last known position: Chiropractor somewhere in Canada

Joel Viccars  

(Summer 2009)
last known position: Research Chemist, Isotopes Canada, Calgary

Undergraduate Students (York University)

Mary Odagwe
Summer student 2022 (ICE), University of Calgary
last known position: continuing at UofC

Benjamen Zondag 
Summer student 2021 (NSERC); Chem 4000 student 2021/22
last known position: Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (Kumacheva group)

Satnam Purewal 
Summer student 2021(YSSA)
last known position: continuing at YorkU

Muzi Li 
Volunteer, Winter 2021; Summer Student 2020 (NSERC)
last known position: MSc in Occupational Therapy program, University of Toronto

Stephanie Lo 
Volunteer, Fall 2020; Summer Student 2019 (YSSA), 2020 (NSERC)
last known position: Doctor of Pharmacy program, University of Waterloo

Iuliana Stoica 
Chem 4000 Student 2019/20
last known position: Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (M. Simpson group)

Shane Miller 
Chem 4000 Student 2019
last known position: Junior Production Chemist, Barentz, Oakville

Amirhossein Yeganeh 
Summer Student 2019 (NSERC)
last known position: Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (Stephan group)

Anyi (Abbey) Zou 
Chem 4000 Student 2018/19
last known position: graduated with BSc at YorkU

Carmen Chu 
Summer student 2018 (NSERC), UBC-Coop
last known position: graduated with BSc at UBC

Undergraduate Students (University of Calgary)

Marcus Vespa
Summer student 2016, 2017, Chem 502 student 2016/17, University of Calgary 
last known position: Graduate Studies, University of Victoria (Manners group)

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

Donny Mayder
(Winter 2016)
Chem 402 student, University of Calgary
last known position: graduated (Ph.D.), UBC, Vancouver (Hudson group)

Racheal Huynh 
Summer student 2015, University of Calgary
Ph.D., University of Calgary (Shimizu group)
last known position: R&D Materials Chemist at Svante, Burnaby, BC

Rochita Sundar
(Summer 2015)
MITACS Globalink student, Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati
MSc, UBC Vancouver (Bizzotto group)
last known position: Product Specialist, Aurora Biomed Inc., Vancouver

Tatiana Avila
(Winter 2014) Exchange student from Universidad Complutense, Madrid
last known position: Project Manager, Coca-Cola Company, Madrid

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

Jitendra Gurjar
(Summer 2014) MITACS Globalink student, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Bhopal
last known position: Graduated (Ph.D.), University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Fokin group)

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

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

Ashley Shannon 
Summer student 2013, University of Calgary 
last known position: Calgary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Debby Nickel
(Fall 2007/Winter 2008)
Visiting undergraduate student, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany
PhD, RWTH-Aachen University
last known position: graduated with Ph.D., RWTH Aachen University 

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

Undergraduate Students (RWTH-Aachen University, Germany):

Toni Neumann 

Bastian Wirges  

Thomas Weyand  

Matthias Eggenstein

Florian Pontzen

Clemens Minnich

Werner Bergmans

Marcel Fiege

Anika Thomas

Wolfram Wilk