Dwight Seferos – Principal Investigator

Dwight Seferos
Dwight is a Seattle, Washington native.  He received a B.S. from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. with Guillermo Bazan at UC, Santa Barbara. After completing an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship with Chad Mirkin at Northwestern, Dwight joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at U of T in 2009. When not thinking about or doing science, Dwight is likely to be sailing, downhill skiing, or trying to find a point on Lake Ontario that breaks like Rincon. Click here for Dwight’s CV.

Tyler Schon – Postdoctoral Fellow

Tyler is originally from the small town of Lucan, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario working on photodegradable dendrimers under the supervision of Prof. Beth Gillies. He is currently working on nanowires for supercapacitor applications. In his spare time Tyler enjoys watching hockey, spending time with friends and trying the different types of food that he sees on the food network.

Mark Miltenburg – 5th Year Ph.D. Candidate

Mark is from the village of West Montrose, Ontario. He completed an undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he focused on organic electronics and nanofabrication. He is currently investigating doped graphene materials for applications as non-precious metal catalysts. Mark also enjoys playing board games, programming and reading novels.

Shuyang Ye – 5th Year Ph.D. Candidate

Shuyang hails from Fujian, China. He finished his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Leyong Wang and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Nanjing University in June 2012. Afterwards, he served as a research assistant in Dr. Dechun Zou’s Lab at Peking University for one year. His research interests focus on polymer synthesis, organic electronics and new tellurophene-based polymers. Outside of the lab, Shuyang also enjoys volleyball, jogging around the city and the sport of orienteering.

Nimrat Obhi – 4th Year Ph.D. Candidate

Nimrat is from Ottawa, ON and completed her BSc. at the University of Ottawa. Her honours thesis project focussed on the aminocarbonylation of hydrazones and hydrazides under the supervision of Prof. André Beauchemin. She is interested in the use of polymers in photovoltaic devices and is currently working on the synthesis of new thiophene-selenophene copolymers. In her spare time, she enjoys music, working on various art projects, skiing and watching nerdy and/or obscure TV shows.

George McKeown – 4th Year Ph.D. Student



George grew up in Listowel, ON and completed his BSc. at the McGill University. His honours thesis project involved adding hydrogen-bonding moieties to an established conducting polymer under the supervision of Prof. Dmitrii Perepichka. He is interested in the use of conjugated polymers in various devices. In his spare time, he enjoys winning golf, hockey, and fantasy sports.

Joseph Manion – 4th Year Ph.D. Candidate



Joe is from Toronto, Ontario. He completed his HBSc at the University of Toronto in 2014 as a specialist in materials chemistry with a major in biochemistry. His thesis focused on the development of protein-based biomedical adhesives under the supervision of Professor Eli Sone. He is currently focused on high efficiency polymer solar cell devices. In the off hours Joe enjoys rigorous exercise, cycling, music, studying languages, talking too much and hunting for the perfect stout.

Adam Pollit – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student



Adam grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, and completed his undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research interests involve the synthesis of conjugated donor-acceptor copolymers, and he is currently focused on synthesizing electron-deficient polymers for novel photovoltaic devices. In his free time, Adam enjoys rock-climbing, unicycling, and trying to recall what he learned in music lessons years ago.

Bryony McAllister – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student

Bryony is from Victoria, BC, and completed her BSc at the University of Victoria. Her undergrad thesis focused on a biomimetic investigation of enzyme tyrosinase’s ability to catalyze the oxidation of phenols to ortho-quinones, and uncovering its mechanism of action using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. In her free time, Bryony enjoys hiking, cycling, trying new foods and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

Paniz Pahlavanlu – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student

Paniz is from Vancouver, BC where she completed her BSc. at the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the synthesis and subsequent sulfur-oxidation of sulfur-bridged anthracene dimers for singlet fission applications. In her free time, Paniz enjoys hitting the gym, tossing a rugby ball around and putting her slightly off-kilter sense of humour to good use.

Gabrielle Hoover – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student

Gabby is from Syracuse, NY and completed her undergraduate degree at University at Albany, SUNY. Her honors thesis, supervised by Prof. Marina A. Petrukhina, focused on controlled doping and hydrogenation of buckybowls for carbon materials. She is currently studying biodegradable polymers for small molecule delivery. Gabby’s other interests include engaging in and watching dance, soccer, and music, as well as hearing about other people’s cultures and life experiences.

Susan Cheng – 2nd Year Ph.D. Student



Susan grew up in Vancouver, BC, and completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics at the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate thesis, supervised by Professor Zachary Hudson, focused on the synthesis of bottle-brush polymers with electronically active functional groups for diode applications. Outside of the lab, Susan enjoys watching plants grow, playing video games, and catching up on sleep.

Soyoung An – 2nd Year Ph.D. Student


Soyoung grew up in Seoul, Korea. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University and joined the group of Prof. John Oh, starting M.Sc at Concordia University. Her previous research focused on the synthesis and characterization of self-healable polymeric materials. She joined the Seferos group as a Ph.D. student in January 2017. Outside the lab, Soyoung enjoys reading, watching movies and playing board games with friends.

Sheng Li – 1st Year Ph.D. Student


Sheng grew up in Changchun, China. He completed his undergraduate degree in materials chemistry at Nankai University. His undergraduate thesis, supervised by Professor Shu Hu at Yale University, focused on the non-aqueous photoelectrochemistry investigation of III-V tandem wire arrays. He joined the Seferos group as a Ph.D. student in September 2017. Outside of the lab, Sheng enjoys traveling around, watching superhero movies, and trying different kinds of board games.

Garion Hicks – 1st Year Ph.D. Student

Garion is from Coquitlam, BC. He received his BSc. from the University of British Columbia studying the mechanism for lactide polymerization under the supervision of Professor Yan Alexander Wang. He is interested in the use of thiophene-selenophene copolymers in photovoltaic devices. Garion also enjoys sailing, board games, and recreational argumentation.

Dennis Pollok – Visiting Graduate Student


Dennis is studying chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Germany and joined the Seferos group as an international visiting graduate student in September 2017, where he is investigating conjugated polymers and their self-assembly behaviour. He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz in the group of Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frederik R. Wurm. In his free time, Dennis enjoys watching German soccer, meeting with friends, and trying different kinds of food.

Luke Kyne – Undergraduate Student


Luke grew up in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to Toronto to pursue a double major in chemistry and psychology. He previously worked in the Taylor Group at the University of Toronto under an NSERC grant, synthesizing carbohydrate surfactants via boronic acid protection. He is currently interested in developing new polymer electrode materials for use in energy storage devices. During his free time, Luke enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, playing the piano, and complaining to referees when the call doesn’t go his way.

William Kim – Undergraduate Student


Will grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and is a 4th year Chemistry Specialist. He previously worked in the Segal group on computationally modelling charge transport in DNA, and in the Rousseaux group on nickel-catalyzed cyanation. He is currently working on developing novel external initiators to install on initiating ends of polymer chains through nickel catalysis. During his free time, Will enjoys playing the piano, and watching dog videos.

Sarah Mathers – Undergraduate Student


Sarah grew up in LaSalle ON, and is currently a 4th year Chemistry Specialist. She has been a prominent member of the undergraduate Chemistry Students’ Union, where she is currently serving her second year as President. She has also previously completed an NSERC USRA in the Stephan group, working on 6-membered tellurium-boron heterocycle chemistry. When not on campus, Sarah can be found excessively sleeping, dancing, re-reading her favourite books, and playing with her bunny, Loki.