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 – 5th Year Ph.D. Candidate

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.

Andrew Tilley – Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrew hails from Melbourne, Australia where he completed a BSc (Honours) and PhD at the University of Melbourne. His PhD work focused on the synthesis and photophysics of confined conjugation length MEH-PPV oligomers and side-chain polymers. Leaving the hot Australian summer behind, Andrew joined the Seferos group in March 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow where he is investigating red absorbing n-type materials for singlet fission photovoltaics. When not in the lab Andrew enjoys watching Australian football, cricket, NHL and squirrels.

Mark Miltenburg – 4th Year Ph.D. Student

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 – 4th Year Ph.D. Student

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 – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student

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 – 3rd 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 – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student



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 – 2nd 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 – 2nd 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 – 2nd 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 – 2nd 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.

Emily Kynaston – Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily is originally from Colchester in the UK, famed for being Britain’s oldest recorded town. She completed her MSci and PhD at the University of Bristol in the West of England under the supervision of Professor Ian Manners. Her PhD research focussed on the synthesis and solution self-assembly of pi-conjugated, crystalline-coil block copolymers. Emily joined the Seferos group as a postdoctoral fellow in February 2016. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, baking and drinking tea!

Susan Cheng – 1st Year Master’s 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 – 1st 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.