We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Petrone is the winner of the 2017 Chair’s Doctoral Medal. David obtained his Ph.D. in 2016 under the direction of Professor Mark Lautens. The title of his thesis is “Stereoselective Heterocycle Synthesis via Alkene Difunctionalization: Bulky Phosphine Ligands Enable Pd-Catalyzed Arylhalogenation, Arylcyanation and Diarylation”.
As undergraduates, some of the earliest organic reactions we encounter are addition reactions to alkenes. In his thesis, David describes the development of transition metal catalyzed synthetic methods that achieve novel functionalization of alkenes. The methods David has developed can now be applied in the synthesis of complex molecules.
Prof. Ronald Kluger wins 2017 Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award
Congratulations to Prof. Ronald Kluger on being honoured as one of this year’s Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award recipients. This award recognizes senior faculty members who have been exemplary university citizens and have worked to fulfil the university’s academic mission. Ronald served as the inaugural Associate Chair for Graduate Studies at the Department of Chemistry and was instrumental in the creation of the Chemistry Club and the Awards Committee.
Prof. Lewis Kay is one of five 2017 Gairdner International Award winners!
We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Lewis Kay is one of five 2017 Gairdner International Award winners. The Gairdner Award is one of the top international prizes recognizing biomedical research. Prof. Kay is being honoured for his work on "the development of modern NMR spectroscopy for studies of biomolecular structure dynamics and function, including applications to molecular machines and rare protein conformations." His contributions in this area have been ground-breaking and have allowed for the study of complex protein systems using NMR. Congratulations on this remarkable achievement, Lewis!
Controlled hierarchical assembly of gold
nanoparticles in macroscopic films: from denselypacked monolayers to networks of micropores and nanobundles
Steven Gravelsins (PhD student, Dhirani group) led a team showing that nanoparticles can form a tunable array of architectures, a key step towards nanoengineering materials with tailored exotic prop...
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