“In the Chemistry department, and at Western University in general, we have a wealth of resources and facilities available to us to conduct our research. If something isn’t available to you in your own lab, others groups readily offer their resources (instruments, glassware, etc.) as well their assistance. It’s all very friendly. More importantly, the scientific conversation never stops; students talk to each other, professors talk to each other, and professors talk to students. There is much collaboration within and outside of the department that fosters an interdisciplinary research environment. All of these factors help provide students with the tools to thrive and succeed in our graduate program.”
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Workentin
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
University of Windsor, Honours BSc in Chemistry
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I visited several universities prior to selecting Western to pursue my graduate degree. The reason I chose Western is simple: Western University was very welcoming. My visit to the Chemistry Department was planned with great care – I met with all the right people (professors, graduate students, facility managers), I was given a tour of the campus and the facilities that would be available to me and my research, and I was provided with the appropriate resources to facilitate the decision making process. I chose Western because it was a place I felt comfortable studying and working in for the next few years. Of course, we also have excellent research faculty and research facilities!
Describe your research in 100 words or less.
My research focuses on employing synthetic organic chemistry at the interface of nanomaterials to bestow upon them certain properties or functions that increase their utility beyond their ‘raw’ or native form. Nanomaterials exhibit very interesting and unique properties that can be exploited and engineered to perform a specific task, e.g. deliver a drug, strengthen a material, emit light, etc. As such, the goal of my research is to design these nanomaterial platforms that can undergo subsequent modification steps in a facile manner such that they can be used across scientific disciplines with ease for a variety of applications.
What are you most passionate about?
Improving myself and maintaining a fresh and positive outlook. I’d like to think that, in this way, you can find self-fulfillment and positively influence those around you.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
When I was younger, the thought of pursuing graduate studies never crossed my mind. I didn’t know the first thing about being a scientist or researcher. Since I arrived at Western, I’ve had many excellent experiences with the campus, the department, and people around me. It has been a good fit and I feel at home.