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Dwight Seferos
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

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Susan Cheng

Ph.D. Candidate
Susan Cheng

Susan grew up in Vancouver, BC, and completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics at the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate thesis, supervised by Professor Zachary Hudson, focused on the synthesis of bottle-brush polymers with electronically active functional groups for diode applications. Outside of the lab, Susan enjoys watching plants grow, playing video games, and catching up on sleep.

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Soyoung An

Ph.D. Candidate
Soyoung An

Soyoung grew up in Seoul, Korea. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University and joined the group of Prof. John Oh, starting M.Sc at Concordia University. Her previous research focused on the synthesis and characterization of self-healable polymeric materials. She joined the Seferos group as a Ph.D. student in January 2017. Outside the lab, Soyoung enjoys reading, watching movies and playing board games with friends.

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Sheng Li

Ph.D. Candidate
Sheng Li

Sheng grew up in Changchun, China. He completed his undergraduate degree in materials chemistry at Nankai University. His undergraduate thesis, supervised by Professor Shu Hu at Yale University, focused on the non-aqueous photoelectrochemistry investigation of III-V tandem wire arrays. He joined the Seferos group as a Ph.D. student in September 2017. Outside of the lab, Sheng enjoys traveling around, watching superhero movies, and trying different kinds of board games.

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Garion Hicks

Ph.D. Candidate
Garion Hicks

Garion (he/him) is from Coquitlam, BC. He received his BSc from the University of British Columbia studying the mechanism for lactide polymerization under the supervision of Professor Yan Alexander Wang. He is interested in the use of thiophene-selenophene copolymers in photovoltaic devices. Garion also enjoys sailing, board games, and recreational argumentation.

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Alicia Battaglia

3rd Year Ph.D. Student
Alicia Battaglia

Alicia (she/her) grew up in Brampton, ON and completed her BSc at the University of Western Ontario. Her honours thesis project explored the synthesis and properties of inorganic nanoclusters supported by stable organic radicals under the supervision of Dr. Joe Gilroy and Dr. John Corrigan. She is currently investigating conjugated polymers for battery applications. When not in the lab, Alicia enjoys rereading the Harry Potter series, trying out new dance classes, baking anything that involves chocolate, and petting as many cats and dogs as she can. Undercover @SeferosGroup social media coordinator.

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Bryton Varju

3rd Year Ph.D. Student
Bryton Varju

Bryton (he/him/they/them) grew up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He completed his BSc and his MSc at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Steven Holdcroft and Daniel Leznoff respectively. His MSc thesis focused on using luminescent coordination polymers for the detection of chemical vapours. He is currently interested in the chemical recycling of conjugated polymers. Outside of the lab, Bryton likes to unwind by playing guitar, running, and rock climbing.

 

Ruyan Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ruyan Zhao

Ruyan grew up in Shandong, China. She received her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Jun Liu in December 2019, at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the development of efficient n-type polymers using boron-nitrogen coordination bonds. Her previous research highlights include an Angewandte Chemie Hot/Most Cited Paper. She joined the Seferos group as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2020. Now she is very interested in main group chemistry and the controlled synthesis of functional polymers. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, jogging, hiking, watching TV shows, and cooking with friends.

 

Eloi Grignon

2nd Year Ph.D. Student

Eloi was born in France and raised in Toronto. He found a good middle ground between the two in Montréal, where he obtained his BSc from McGill University. There, he explored high-throughput techniques for the discovery of lithium-ion battery cathode materials as well as AFM methods for the identification of gold nanostructures. He is currently investigating polymers for use in energy storage systems. Eloi’s other interests include football, hiking, reading, and cycling around Toronto.

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Shuyang Ye

Ph.D. 2019/Postdoctoral Fellow
Shuyang Ye

Shuyang hails from Fujian, China. He finished his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Leyong Wang and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Nanjing University in June 2012. Afterwards, he served as a research assistant in Dr. Dechun Zou’s Lab at Peking University for one year. His research interests focus on polymer synthesis, organic electronics and new tellurophene-based polymers. Outside of the lab, Shuyang also enjoys volleyball, jogging around the city and the sport of orienteering.

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Victor Lotocki

2nd Year Ph.D. Student

Victor grew up in the Greater Toronto Area. He completed his BSc at the University of Waterloo, and his thesis focused on the chain dynamics of pyrene-labelled poly(alkyl methacrylate)s under the supervision of Prof. Jean Duhamel. He completed his MSc at McGill University in Prof. Ashok Kakkar's group, where he synthesized redox-responsive miktoarm star polymers for drug delivery. Currently, Victor is interested in the self-assembly of polymers with complex architectures. Aside from chemistry, Victor's hobbies include tabletop games, reading, and getting lost on Wikipedia.

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Tom (Hao) Xu

1st Year Ph.D. Student

Tom (Hao) was born and raised in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China and obtained his BSc. at Sichuan University. His undergraduate thesis, "Adsorption of heavy metal ions and organic dyes via polymer microparticles," was completed under the supervision of Prof. Changsheng Zhao. Currently, Tom is working on the synthesis of homodisperse oligomers and polymers. Outside the lab, Tom enjoys coding in Python, playing the piano, photography, and video games. 

 

Peter Liu

1st Year Ph.D. Student

Peter (Jiang Tian) Liu was born in China and completed his BSc at Concordia University. After a brief period in industry, he obtained his MSc at Concordia University under the supervision of Prof. Pat Forgione. His MSc thesis focused on decarboxylative cross-coupling. He is currently interested in the synthesis of novel conjugated polymers. Outside of the lab, Peter likes to cook and collecte rare books.

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Branden Kwak

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Branden was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Coquitlam, B.C. He is currently completing his BSc. in Materials Science at the University of Toronto. He joined the Seferos Group in September 2021 as a CHM499Y student, and is investigating mixed ionic-electronic conductors for energy storage applications under the supervision of Alicia Battaglia. In his 2nd year, Branden was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Andrei Yudin's group and assisted in researching carboxyboronate as a versalite in-situ CO surrogate using palladium catalysts. This led to a publishment in Angewandte Chemie in 2020. In his free time, he likes to watch TV series, clean, and play recreational sports. 

 

Alumni

Luke Kyne

Undergrad. Thesis Student
Luke Kyne


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Connie Tang

Undergrad. Thesis Student
Connie Tang


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Theresa McCormick

Postdoctoral Fellow
Theresa McCormick


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Valentina Topolskaia

NSERC USRA Student


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Arnaud Laramée

RISE Student
Arnaud Laramee

Marvin Steube

Visiting Student
Marvin Steubev

  

Philipp Klein

Visiting Student
Philipp Klein

  

Liam Foyle

NSERC USRA Student

Mark Miltenburg

Ph.D. 2020
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Viveka Kukarni

NSERC USRA Student
Viveka Kukarni

Naoki Shida

Visiting Student
Naoki Shida

  

Jing Sun

Postdoctoral Fellow
Jing Sun

  

Nimrat Obhi

Ph.D. 2020
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Sarah Mathers

Undergrad. Thesis Student
Sarah Mathers

  

Lisa Kozycz

Ph.D. 2015
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Michael Wong

M.Sc. 2013
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George McKeown

Ph.D. 2019
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William Kim

Undergrad. Thesis Student
William Kim

  

Jennifer Ham

RISE Student
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Sean Robertson

Undergrad. Thesis Student
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Joseph Manion

Ph.D. 2020
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Dennis Pollok

Visiting Student
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Colin Bridges

Ph.D. 2015
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Ana Fokina

Visiting Student
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Adam Pollit

Ph.D. 2020
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Andrew Tilley

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Dong Gao

Ph.D. 2015
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Lianshan Li

Postdoctoral Fellow
Lianshan Li

  

Bryony McAllister

Ph.D. 2020
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Emily Kynaston

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Ellen Yan

Undergrad. Thesis Student
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Marius Kapp

Visiting Student
Marius Kapp

  

Paniz Pahlavanlu

Ph.D. 2020
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Scott Foster

NSERC USRA Student
Scott Foster


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Daniel Szulc

Undergrad. Thesis Student
Daniel Szulc

  

Dominik Karl

Visiting Student
Dominik Karl

  

Denise Peda

Undergrad. Thesis Student
Denise Peda

  

Paul DiCarmine

Ph.D. 2014
Paul DiCarmine


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Keith Gunaratne

Undergraduate Student
Keith Gunaratne

  

K. A. Niradha Sachinthani

Postdoctoral Fellow
K. A. Niradha Sachinthani


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Elisa Carrera

Ph.D 2017
Elisa Carrera


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Huy Huynh

M.Sc. 2014
Huy Huynh


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David Huesmann

Visiting Student
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Sloane Evariste

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Han Yan

Postdoctoral Fellow
Han Yan

  

Anjan Mahrok

M.Sc. 2014
Anjan Mahrok


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Graeme Howe

Undergraduate Student
Graeme Howe

  

Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins

Postdoctoral Fellow
Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins


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Prof. Haizhu Sun

Visiting Professor
Haizhu Sun

  

Jon Hollinger

Ph.D. 2014
Jon Hollinger


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Mike Jones

Undergraduate Student
Mike Jones

  

Fan Fang

Visiting Student
Fan Fang

Jianan Wang

Undergraduate Student
Jianan Wang


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Greg Gibson

Ph.D. 2014
Greg Gibson

  

Michelle Lee

Undergraduate Student
Michelle Lee

  

Pengfei Li

Postdoctoral Fellow
Pengfei Li

  

Ashlee Jahnke

Ph.D. 2014
Ashlee Jahnke


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Luke Yang

RISE Student
Luke Yang


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Tyler Schon

Ph.D. 2017
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Tony Jin

RISE Student
Tony Jin

  

Brandon Djukic

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Katharina Davoudian

NSERC USRA Student
Katharina Davoudian

 

Gabrielle Hoover

Ph.D. 2021
Gabrielle Hoover

 

Jenny Panchuk

M.Sc. 2021
Jenny Panchuk

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Griffin LaChapelle

Undergraduate Student