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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


The Donaldson group attended this year's ECC, with Laura, Heather and Liron giving presentations on Day 1 and Day 2 of the mini-conference. ECC is a student run event where graduate students present their work over the past academic year to their peers and faculty. This is also the time of year when committee meetings (for PhDs and also Masters students) occur. If you are interested in learning a little bit about ECC, and getting an idea about what types of research are happening in the Environmental Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto, you can check out Laura's collection of live tweets from ECC XVIII ( Congrats to all three students for some fabulous presentations.

Today Jessica Clouthier has officially graduated from the University of Toronto (and our group) with a Master's degree in Environmental Chemistry. We shall miss Jessica and we wish her the best in her future endevours. Jessica will be joining the Cora Young group at York University as a PhD student starting in September 2018.Congratulations again Jessica!

Jamie and Jessica attended the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference, which was held in Edmonton, Alberta from May 27th to 31st. Jamie gave a talk entitled: Atmospheric chemistry in single levitated droplet, while Jessica presented a poster entitled: Ammonium’s Impact on Phase Changes in Urban Grime. Congrats Jamie and Jessica!

Congratulations to Laura, who successfully completed her oral comprehensive exam on March 28!

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