My Excellent Group

My (excellent) group studies both synthetic inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry related to thin film deposition. Our main focus is on precursor design and mechanistics studies, but this leads us into many interesting avenues, including device fabrication, process design, tool building and testing, thermolysis and experimental methods design. This group has to be smart, focused and adaptable.

Inquiries can be made to Sean or directly to one of the group members by email or phone.

Summer 2015, with ironic white shirts and jeans (me in front, obvs): (from left) Dave Mandia, Weipeng Zhang, Sydney Buttera, John Grant, Pedro Mario Franco de Camargo Filho, Jenny McLeod, Goran Bacic, Monica Gill, Matt Griffiths, Sara Koponen, Peter Pallister, Peter Gordan, Eric McGlashan.

We are somehow bad at irony

Postdocs
Peter "Jorge" Gordon (MITACS Elevate Fellow) is working for Precision Molecular , and he will be making and testing metal precursors for ALD. He has several publications with our group.
Monica "the Monticore" Gill is working on our collaboration with BASF making super-secret chemicals for super-secret applications.
Jason "the Rat" Coyle is now using ALD to tune plasmons in silver nanostructures in conjunction with the Ianoul Group . He has several publications and a patent application with our group.
PhD Candidates
Peter "PPal" Pallister (OGS Scholar) is using ss-NMR and XRF to study monolayer and multilayer depositions on high surface area substrates. He has a couple publications with our group. He is also working on secret hydrides.
Dave "Jeggs" Mandia is working on fibre-optic filament interfaces on the MOSAIC project, which has already yielded quite a few publications with our group.
Matthew "the Golden Boy" Griffiths (NSERC PGS-M) is working on metal nanoparticle and thin film deposition of group 11 metals, particularly gold. He has several publications with our group.
Sara "Supersara" Koponen (NSERC PGS-M) is working on metal nanoparticle and thin film deposition of group 11 metals, particularly copper. She will be looking at a variety of back-logged copper precursors to get started. She has a couple publications with our group.
Master's Candidates
Weipeng "TBD" Zhang is starting on copper and gold precursor synthesis.
Goran "Gorpheus" Bacic is working on CIS solar cells incorporating ALD processes.
Undergraduates
Sydney "Butterz" Buttera (NSERC USRA and mascot) is working on group 13 guanidinates to measure some thermal decomposition and volatility data. She has a couple publications with our group.

Past Members

Graduates (Ph.D.)

Agnes Kurek - is looking for a post-doc or exciting industrial position.
Yamile Wasslen - is working for Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association in Ottawa.

Graduates (Master's)

Adam Wells
Julie "Stripes" Delahunt - is working for the "suspected contraband" unit for Canadian Border Services in Ottawa.
Todd Whitehorne - is a research scientist at Digital Specialty Chemicals in Toronto.
Amanda Kenney - is working for the Ottawa-Carleton School Board in Ottawa.
Allison "AB" Brazeau - is a research scientist at Wellington Laboratories Inc. in Guelph.

Undergraduates, Technicians, and Groupies

Jenny McLeod - is a graduate student in Chemistry at Queen's University at Kingston
Alex Green
Nate Cowie - is finishing an undergrad at Carleton University
Steve Holoshka
Tom Lacelle - is a technical officer at the National Research Council Canada in Ottawa.
Doug Petryk - is a Medical Technician with the Canadian Armed Forces / Forces armées canadiennes in Ottawa.
Andrew Ingold - is finishing an undergrad at Carleton University
Paul Stanish - is in graduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, ON.
Andrew Kwai - is an occasional teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board
Alison "McBane" Bain - is in graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Andrew "Lush" Lushington - is in graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.
Alex Devonish - is working for Stericycle in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Taylor "tbip" Pigeon - is working at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa.
Chris Mamen - is a process engineer at Plasco in Ottawa.
Paul Johnson - is a post-doc at at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Ahsan Mahmood - is in dental school at the University of Toronto in Toronto.
Matt Ward - is a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University in Ithaca.
Cassandra Johnson - is presently in Whitehorse, YT, according to Facebook.
Cassie Berquist - is presently in Sydney, Australia, according to Facebook.
Graydon Snider - is a post-doctoral fellow for Randall Martin at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Maureen MacKeague - is in graduate studies at Stanford University in California.
Owen Clarkin - is in graduate studies at NRC-SIMS in Ottawa
Erin Johnson - is an associateprofessor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Chris Rowley - is an assistant professor at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.