Dwight Seferos – Principal Investigator

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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.

Mark Miltenburg – Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – 5th Year Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – 5th Year Ph.D.Candidate

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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 – 5th Year Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – 4th Year Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – 4th Year Ph.D. Candidate

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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 – 4th Year Ph.D. Student

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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 – 4th Year Ph.D. Student

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Gabby is from Syracuse, NY and completed her undergraduate degree at University at Albany, SUNY. Her honours 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 – 3rd Year Ph.D. Student

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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 – 3rd 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 – 2nd 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 – 2nd Year Ph.D. Student

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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.

K. A. Niradha Sachinthani – Postdoctoral Fellow

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Niradha is from Sri Lanka and she completed her undergraduate degree with first class honors at the University of Kelaniya. She received her Ph.D. in 2017 at Oklahoma State University under the supervision of Dr. Toby L Nelson where she focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of Eumelanin-inspired materials as organic semiconductors. She is currently working on synthesizing thiophene-selenophene diblock polymers. In her free time, Niradha enjoys chatting with her mom and friends, cooking new food, watching movies and organizing trips and parties.

Sloane Evariste – Postdoctoral Fellow

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Born in Guadeloupe, Sloane left the island to study at the University of Paris 7, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and her Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. She pursued her PhD studies at the University of Rennes 1 on π-conjugated systems based on phosphorus atom: synthesis, supramolecular assemblies & photophysical studies under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Lescop and Prof. Muriel Hissler. She then spent a year as a Postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Protasiewicz at Case Western Reserve University where her research focused on luminescent phosphorus and molecular materials. Fascinated by traveling, she has always wanted to live abroad and hopes to combine per passion for chemistry and discovery in Toronto. Sloane enjoys reading, listening to music and going to the cinema to unwind.

Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins – Postdoctoral Fellow

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Charlie grew up on a farm in the UK, leaving rural life for Oxford in 2009 for his undergraduate degree. He completed his MChem in 2013, working in the lab of Dr. Ed Anderson toward the synthesis of alkynyl carbocycles via allenylpalladium intermediates. Charlie then joined the Bristol Chemical Synthesis CDT, undertaking his Ph.D jointly between the groups of Ian Manners and Charl Faul looking at the controlled self-assembly of small molecules and block copolymers. Outside of the lab, Charlie is excited to explore Toronto and rural Canada, as well as trying out some new sports.

Fan Fang – Visiting Undergraduate Student

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Fan grew up in Ma’anshan, China. He is an undergraduate student from Nankai University, Tianjin, China and is working on his undergraduate thesis in the Seferos group. His pervious research focused on all solid polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries, supervised by Professor Jun Chen at Nankai University. He joined the Seferos group as a visiting student in July 2018. Outside of the lab, Fan enjoys playing badminton and video games.

Jenny Panchuk – 1st Year Ph.D. Student

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Jenny Panchuk was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She then received her BSc majoring in
chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. Her honours thesis focused on the structure
determination of Fe, Cu, and Zn dithiocarbamate complexes using synchrotron X-ray absorption
spectroscopy. She is interested in n-doped organic semiconductors for use in electronic applications. In
her free time, she likes running, hitting the gym, and playing her trumpet and ukulele.

Erin Lyle – 1st Year Ph.D. Student

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Erin is from Charlottetown, PE and she completed her BSc. at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the synthesis and conductivity characterization of various intercalated and exfoliated nanocomposites based on molybdenum disulfide, under the supervision of Dr. Rabin Bissessur. Outside of the lab, Erin enjoys travelling, exploring nature, and dabbling in photography.