Honours Projects

Chemistry Honours/Major Research Projects, 2017/2018


Supervisor Title/References
Heather Andreas

1.    Improving Supercapacitor performance through:

a. Indentifying chemical reactions that cause the loss of stored charge.
b. Improving the surface chemistry of Supercapacitor electrodes.

Andreas, Lussier and Oickle, J. Power Sources 187 (2009) 275–283; Black and Andreas, J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 12030–12038.

2.    Using Bovine Serum Albumin as a blocking protein in biosensors.

Yang, Huang, Meng, Shen and  Jiao , Analytica Chimica Acta 647 (2009) 159–166.

Stephen Bearne

1.   Strategies of enzyme inhibitor/drug design:  synthesis and evaluation of enzyme inhibitors

2.   Enzyme catalysis:  Site-directed mutagenesis, covalent modification, and spectroscopic studies to analyze the role of enzyme active site architecture in catalysis

3.  Chemical biology: design, synthesis, and evaluation of reagents for enzyme activity profiling of proteomes

Lietzan, Nagaar, Pellmann, Bourque, Bearne, & St. Maurice (2012) Biochemistry 51, 1160.

Nagar, Narmandakh, Khalak, & Bearne (2012) Biochemistry 50, 8846. Steeves & Bearne (2011) Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 21, 5188.

Fran Cozens

Hydroxyl radical formation for the degradation of pollutants within zeolites.

Jeff Dahn Small Angle X-ray Scattering Studies of Porous Templated Materials used as Catalyst supports

Garsuch A, d'Eon R, Dahn T, et al., Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 155, B236-B243 (2008)

Mita Dasog Development of materials for energy, optoelectronics, and catalytic applications.

Silicon Nanocrystals and Silicon-Polymer Hybrids: Synthesis, Engineering, and Applications.” M. Dasog, J. Kehrle, B. Rieger and J. G. C. Veinot  Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016, 2322-39
Alan Doucette Enhanced separation of proteins according to molecular weight
through two-stage multiplexed GELFrEE partitioning

Tran, J; Doucette, A.,  Anal. Chem, 80, 1568-
1573 (2008).

David Jakeman

1. Chemical biology: discovery of new natural products with cytotoxic activity.

Eight-membered ring-containing jadomycins: implications for non-enzymatic natural products biosynthesis. Robertson, A.W.; Martinez-Farina, C.F.; Smithen, D.A.; Yin, H.; Monro, S.; Thompson, A.; McFarland, S.A.; Syvitski, R.T.; Jakeman, D.L., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3271–3275. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja5114672

2. Chemical biology: synthesis and evaluation of enzyme inhibitors as potential antibacterials.

α-Fluorophosphonates reveal how a phosphomutase conserves the protein transition state over hexose recognition in its two-step reaction Jin, Y.; Bhattasali, D.; Pellegrini, E.; Forget, S.M.; Baxter, N.J.; Cliff, M.J.; Bowler, M.W.; Jakeman, D.L.; Blackburn, G.M.; Waltho, J.P. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA. 2014, 111, 12384-12389. http://www.pnas.org/content/111/34/12384.long

Erin Johnson

Theoretical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Quantum chemistry, Density functional theory, Molecular interactions, Physical chemistry, Materials

A. Otero de la Roza, B. Huynh Cao, I. K. Price, J. E. Hein, and E. R. Johnson. Predicting the Relative Solubilities of Racemic and Enantiopure Crystals by Density-Functional Theory. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 7879-7882 (2014).

 Z. Ye, A. Otero de la Roza, E. R. Johnson, and A. Martini. Oscillatory Motion of Bilayer Graphene. Nanotech. 25, 425703 (2014).

A. Otero de la Roza, J. D. Mallory, and E. R. Johnson. MetallophilicInteractions from Dispersion-Corrected Density-Functional Theory. J. Chem. Phys. 140, 18A504 (2014).

Aaron Kelly Development of quantum dynamics simulation methods with applications to charge and energy transfer processes in condensed phase chemical and materials systems.

Mark Obrovac Research in nanostructured alloy materials for advanced Li-ion batteries and in new advanced batteries based on sodium and magnesium-ion chemistries.

M.N. Obrovac and V.L. Chevrier, Alloy Negative Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries, Chemical Reviews, 114 (2014) 11444.

R. Fielden and M. N. Obrovac, Investigation of the NaNixMn1-xO2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) System for Na-Ion Battery Cathode Materials, J. Electrochem. Soc., 162 (2015), A453

Jan Rainey 

Spectroscopic characterization, structural biology, simulation and bioinformatic analysis of membrane-spanning and fibrous proteins.

Langelaan, D.N., Reddy, T., Banks, A.W., Dellaire, G., Dupré, D.J. and Rainey, J.K. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1828, 1471-1483 (2013).

Reddy, T. and Rainey, J.K. J Phys Chem B, 116. 8942-8954 (2012).

Xu, L., Rainey, J.K., Meng, Q. and Liu, X-Q. PLOS ONE, 7, e50227 (2012).

Norm Schepp

Organic synthesis and characterization of two-photon chromophores.

Schepp, N., Green, C., Cozens, F. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 9, 110 (2010)

Alex Speed

1.     Development of catalytic reactions using  low valent phosphorous compounds.

2.     Development of chiral catalysts using combinations of boron and nitrogen.

1)   Chong, C. C.; Kinjo, R. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 12116-12120.
2)   Hounjet, L. J.; Stephan, D. W. Org. Process Res. Dev., 2014, 18, 385- 391.

Mark Stradiotto

Design and Application of New Transition Metal
Catalysts for use in Chemical Synthesis

Stradiotto and co-workers: Synlett, 2011, 2443 (Review from past 3 years).

Alison Thompson 

Synthesis of heterocycles and other organic and inorganic frameworks - methodology development, materials with new light absorbing/emitting properties, medicinal chemistry to design compounds with biological activity such as anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties.

Conversion of F-BODIPYs to Cl-BODIPYs: Enhancing the Reactivity of F-BODIPYs. Lundrigan, T.; Thompson, A. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 757-761.

Influence of B-ring modifications on proton affinity, transmembrane anion transport and anti-cancer properties of synthetic prodigiosenes. Marchal, E.; Rastogi, S.; Thompson, A.; Davis, J.T. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 7515-7522 

Activation and Deprotection of F-BODIPYs using Boron Trihalides. Lundrigan, T.; Cameron, T.S.; Thompson, A. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 7028-7031 

Laura Turculet

Transition metal pincer complexes: Synthesis, bond activation chemistry,and catalysis

Morgan, E; MacLean, D. F.; McDonald, R.; Turculet, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 132, 14234.

Mitton, S. J.; Turculet, L. Chem. Eur. J., 2012, 18, 15258.

Peter Wentzell Chemometric approaches to analytical and bioanalytical data..

P.D. Wentzell, S. Hou, C.S. Silva, C.C. Wicks and M.F. Pimentel, Anal. Chim. Acta, 2015, 877, 51-63.
Mary Anne White

Title:  Thermal Properties of Materials

Description: Thermal Properties of Materials


Physical properties of carbon nanotube sheets drawn from arrays of multiwalled carbon nanotubes. J.-H. Pöhls, M.B. Johnson, M.A. White,

R. Malik, B. Ruff, C. Jayasinghe, M.J. Schulz and V. Shanov. Carbon 50, 4175-4183 (2012).

Robert White 

Synthesis of amino acid derivatives for mechanistic studies using mass spectrometry

J.S. Grossert, M.C. Cook, R.L. White, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 20, 1511-1516 (2006).

Peng Zhang

Synthesis of nano-materials for potential biomedical and energy-related applications. 

Impact of Protecting Ligands on Surface Structure and Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles,  J. Daniel Padmos, Robert T. M. Boudreau, Donald F. Weaver and Peng Zhang, Langmuir 2015, 31, 3745

Correlating the Atomic Structure of Bimetallic Silver-Gold Nanoparticles to Their Antibacterial and Cytotoxic Activities, J. Daniel Padmos, Maxine Langman, Katelyn MacDonald, Patricia Comeau, Zhan Yang, Mark Filliagi and Peng Zhang, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 7472

Josef Zwanziger Optical properties of lead-free glass

M. Guignard, L. Albrecht, J. W. Zwanziger, Chemistry of Materials, 19, 286-290 (2007).
M. Guignard, J. W. Zwanziger, J. Non-Cryst. Solids, 354, 79-83 (2008).