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Mark Miltenburg

Ph.D. Candidate
Mark Miltenburg


Mark is from the village of West Montrose, Ontario. He completed an undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo, where he focused on organic electronics and nanofabrication. He is currently investigating doped graphene materials for applications as non-precious metal catalysts. Mark also enjoys playing board games, programming and reading novels.

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Shuyang Ye

Postdoctoral Fellow | Ph.D. 2019
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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Nimrat Obhi

Ph.D. Candidate
Nimrat Obhi


Nimrat is from Ottawa, ON and completed her BSc at the University of Ottawa. Her honours thesis project focussed on the aminocarbonylation of hydrazones and hydrazides under the supervision of Prof. André Beauchemin. She is interested in the use of polymers in photovoltaic devices and is currently working on the synthesis of new thiophene-selenophene copolymers. In her spare time, she enjoys music, working on various art projects, skiing and watching nerdy and/or obscure TV shows.

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Joseph Manion

Ph.D. Candidate
Joseph Manion


Joe is from Toronto, Ontario. He completed his HBSc at the University of Toronto in 2014 as a specialist in materials chemistry with a major in biochemistry. His thesis focused on the development of protein-based biomedical adhesives under the supervision of Professor Eli Sone. He is currently focused on high efficiency polymer solar cell devices. In the off hours Joe enjoys rigorous exercise, cycling, music, studying languages, talking too much and hunting for the perfect stout.

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Adam Pollit

Ph.D. Candidate
Adam Pollit


Adam grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, and completed his undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research interests involve the synthesis of conjugated donor-acceptor copolymers, and he is currently focused on synthesizing electron-deficient polymers for novel photovoltaic devices. In his free time, Adam enjoys rock-climbing, unicycling, and trying to recall what he learned in music lessons years ago. 

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Bryony McAllister

Ph.D. Candidate
Bryony McAllister

Bryony is from Victoria, BC, and completed her BSc at the University of Victoria. Her undergrad thesis focused on a biomimetic investigation of enzyme tyrosinase’s ability to catalyze the oxidation of phenols to ortho-quinones, and uncovering its mechanism of action using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. In her free time, Bryony enjoys hiking, cycling, trying new foods and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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Paniz Pahlavanlu

Ph.D. Candidate
Paniz Pahlavanlu

Paniz is from Vancouver, BC where she completed her BSc at the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the synthesis and subsequent sulfur-oxidation of sulfur-bridged anthracene dimers for singlet fission applications. In her free time, Paniz enjoys picking things up and putting them back down, running around the rugby pitch, and exercising her off-kilter sense of humour. Undercover @SeferosGroup content creater and website developer.

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Gabrielle Hoover

Ph.D. Candidate
Gabrielle Hoover

Gabby is from Syracuse, NY and completed her undergraduate degree at University at Albany, SUNY. Her honours thesis, supervised by Prof. Marina A. Petrukhina, focused on controlled doping and hydrogenation of buckybowls for carbon materials. She is currently studying biodegradable polymers for small molecule delivery. Gabby’s other interests include engaging in and watching dance, soccer, and music, as well as hearing about other people’s cultures and life experiences.

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Susan Cheng

4th Year Ph.D. Student
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

4th Year Ph.D. Student
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

3rd Year Ph.D. Student
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

3rd Year Ph.D. Student
Garion Hicks

Garion 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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K. A. Niradha Sachinthani

Postdoctoral Fellow
K. A. Niradha Sachinthani

Niradha is from Sri Lanka and she completed her undergraduate degree with first class honors at the University of Kelaniya. She received her Ph.D. in 2017 at Oklahoma State University under the supervision of Dr. Toby L Nelson where she focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of Eumelanin-inspired materials as organic semiconductors. She is currently working on synthesizing thiophene-selenophene diblock polymers. In her free time, Niradha enjoys chatting with her mom and friends, cooking new food, watching movies and organizing trips and parties.

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Sloane Evariste

Postdoctoral Fellow
Sloane Evariste

Born in Guadeloupe, Sloane left the island to study at the University of Paris 7, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and her Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. She pursued her PhD studies at the University of Rennes 1 on π-conjugated systems based on phosphorus atom: synthesis, supramolecular assemblies & photophysical studies under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Lescop and Prof. Muriel Hissler. She then spent a year as a Postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Protasiewicz at Case Western Reserve University where her research focused on luminescent phosphorus and molecular materials. Fascinated by traveling, she has always wanted to live abroad and hopes to combine per passion for chemistry and discovery in Toronto. Sloane enjoys reading, listening to music and going to the cinema to unwind.

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Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins

Postdoctoral Fellow
Charlie Jarrett-Wilkins

Charlie grew up on a farm in the UK, leaving rural life for Oxford in 2009 for his undergraduate degree. He completed his MChem in 2013, working in the lab of Dr. Ed Anderson toward the synthesis of alkynyl carbocycles via allenylpalladium intermediates. Charlie then joined the Bristol Chemical Synthesis CDT, undertaking his Ph.D jointly between the groups of Ian Manners and Charl Faul looking at the controlled self-assembly of small molecules and block copolymers. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys exploring Toronto, trying out new sports, and measuring the vacuum pressure on his Schlenk line.

Jenny Panchuk

2nd Year Ph.D. Student
Jenny Panchuk

Jenny Panchuk was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She then received her BSc majoring in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. Her honours thesis focused on the structure determination of Fe, Cu, and Zn dithiocarbamate complexes using synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy. She is interested in n-doped organic semiconductors for use in electronic applications. In her free time, she likes running, hitting the gym, and playing her trumpet and ukulele.

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Katharina Davoudian

NSERC USRA Student
Katharina Davoudian

A native Torontonian, Katharina is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying chemistry and English. She is appreciative of NSERC USRA, which allows her to experience cutting-edge research on organic energy storage systems. Her hobbies include reading, writing, painting, teaching her little sister science, and convincing her friends to play board games.

 

Alicia Battaglia

1st Year M.Sc. Student
Alicia Battaglia

Alicia 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.

Bryton Varju

1st Year Ph.D. Student
Bryton Varju

Bryton 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.