Welcome to the Wilson Lab, the newest research effort in experimental physical chemistry & nanoscience in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

We use spectroscopy to understand the excitonic materials that we make, and chart the flow of excitonic energy in the multi-component architectures that we fabricate. We apply this knowledge to build novel optoelectronic devices—particularly those that can interact with infrared light.


Research positions are available for motivated students. Information for graduate students can be found on the Departmental Website, including the Online Application Form. Please contact Prof. Wilson at mark.w.b.wilson@utoronto.ca for further information.


News in brief…

  • 2018-10-15 – Prof. Wilson in Mexico City as part of the UofT’s delegation to the Clean Energy Materials Workshops at UNAM & Tec de Monterrey (Ciudad de México), and gives a keynote talk.
  • 2018-09-28 – Congratulations to our newest Masters of Science, Titania & Philip! Titania’s thesis Gold Nanoclusters as Upconversion Sensitizers via Triplet–Triplet Annihilation explored non-toxic luminescence gold-thiol clusters for use in excitonic upconversion, while Philip’s dissertation Synthesis of Lead Sulfide Quantum Dots and their Ligands for Photon Upconversion Applications brought a new understanding of the mechanism underlying thiourea-based syntheses of lead sulfide nanocrystals to the lab. Kudos for all of your hard work!
  • 2018-09-06 – Hats off to Karen, the WilsonLab’s first-ever recipient of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship! The Vanier is NSERC’s premier graduate award, supporting the ambitions of leading young researchers in the natural sciences. (Update: Bonus write-up in the UofT Chem News)
  • 2018-08-25 – Prof. Wilson gives an invited talk at the symposium in honour of 50 years of materials research in the GAO group, as well as Prof. Ozin’s 75th birthday.
  • 2018-08-23 – WilsonLabbers celebrate the end of summer with a suitably adult-ish BBQ, at which the salmon was cedar-planked and maple-glazed, and the Pictionary did not become less competitive.
    Reynolds caught in the act of presenting at the Departmental Undergrad Poster Session
  • 2018-08-16 – Congratulations to Reynolds on receiving a poster prize at the Department’s Undergraduate Summer Poster Session for the research he accomplished as a Work-Study Student. Reynolds will continue his efforts to enhace the performance of nanocrystal-sensitized excitonic upconverters as part of his honours thesis this year. (Update 2018-09-18: And little did we know at the time that Pournima, another poster prize winner, would be joining us as a research volunteer this fall!)
    Christian & Ruvim help Science Unlimited attendees with their experiments.
  • 2018-08-14 – Quarterbacked by Karen, WilsonLabbers and Jokuschites combine forces to welcome 50 local secondary students to Chemistry’s Day during Science Unlimited—an interdepartmental collaboration led by Physics to inspire bright local students to pursue their scientific passions. Check out the write-up in the Department’s magazine: E-Distillations