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  • Donaldson Group Photo Fall 2017


    Heather, Liron, Laura, Jamie and Jessica pose for a picture together! They are even smiling!

  • Group Photo 2015

     Alyson, Karen, Angela, Jamie, Laura and Nicole!

  • Group Photo 2013


    Sarah, Alyson, Elyse, Jamie, Sumi, Dorea and Angela pose for a group photo in the Davenport Atrium.

  • ECC 2017


  • Donaldson Group Summer 2017

What We Do:

In our lab, we are interested in chemistry that happens on surfaces which are exposed to the atmosphere, as well as photochemistry that takes place following vibrational excitation of atmospheric molecules. We use tools from physical, analytical, and theoretical chemistry to try to understand the processes which take place at the interface between the atmosphere and a condensed phase, especially aqueous droplets and organic coatings. We use spectroscopic and theoretical methods to study the chemistry of vibrationally excited molecules in the atmosphere.

Welcome to Donaldson Research Group


Today Heather presented her Master's thesis entitled: "Grime Scene Investigators: The Photolysis of Nitrate from Indoor Surfaces". Very punny Heather. We are very proud of Heather and we are also happy to announce that Heather will be staying with us until April to work on Season 2 of "Grime Scene Investigators".

Jamie and Heather attended the 2018 Chemistry of Indoor Environments Science Meeting in Boulder Colorado, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This meeting brought together researchers from all over the world to share their work thus far as part of the program. Jamie gave a presentation titled “Indoor heterogeneous photochemistry - a real thing!”, and Heather presented a poster on "The photolysis of nitrate from TiO2 and painted surfaces via indoor light". 

We are very happy to announce that Isabel will be joining the group (again) this year to do her undergraduate thesis (CHM499).

Today was Liron's last official day in the Donaldson group! She will be attending the University of California at Berklee as a PhD student in chemistry. We wish Liron all the best and we know that she will do amazing things!

Stephanie recently attended the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) Indoor Air conference and Summer School in Philadelphia.  The summer school provided a thorough overview of the different research themes in indoor air and was a great introduction to the conference.  The conference highlighted lots of exciting new studies and the benefit of interdisciplinary collaborations towards further understanding the indoor environment.  Stephanie presented a poster at the conference entitled ‘Initial studies on the photosensitized chemistry of nitrogen oxides’.

Contact Info

Department of Chemistry
University of Toronto
Lash Miller Chemical Laboritories
80 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3H6
Phone:  416-978-8596
Office:  LM316
Lab: LM315