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  • Current


  • Roman Belli (Ph.D. candidate): Mechanistic studies of ruthenium-catalyzed hydrophosphination.

    Jin Yang (Ph.D. candidate): Developing cobalt half-sandwich catalysts for hydrophosphination.

    Cameron Zheng (4th Year Project Student): Synthesis of cobalt complexes of primary phosphines.

    Erick Nuñez Bahena (MITACS Undergraduate Research Assistant): Synthesis of intermediates in ruthenium-catalyzed hydrophosphination.



  • Former


  • Elena Liles (4th Year Project Student): Synthesis of cationic cobalt complexes of secondary phosphines; (3rd Year Project Student): Synthesis of ruthenium primary phosphine complexes. B.Sc. candidate, University of Victoria.

    Alberto Escobar Mingo (2nd Year Project Student): Synthesis of neutral and cationic half-sandwich ruthenium complexes. B.Sc. candidate, University of Victoria.

    Julia Rimmer (2nd Year Project Student): Synthesis of ruthenium secondary phosphine complexes. B. Sc. candidate, University of Victoria.

    James Hui (2nd Year Project Student): Synthesis of Cp* ruthenium mixed phosphine complexes. B. Sc. candidate, University of Victoria.

    Peter Lee (Ph.D. 2015): Selective functionalization of oligosilanes, polysilanes, and Si-H terminated silicon surfaces.

    Tory Borsboom-Hanson (3rd Year Project Student, B.Sc. 2016): Synthesis and protonolysis of phosphametallacyclobutanes. Graduate student, University of Victoria.

    Stephanie Rufh (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2015): Synthesis of halide-free ruthenium complexes for catalytic hydrophosphination. Graduate student, University of Ottawa.

    Mark Fairchild (M.Sc. candidate): Mn-templated photolytic [4+5] cycloaddition chemistry.

    Chris (Bochao) Huang (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2014): Synthesis and deprotonation of cationic secondary phosphine complexes of ruthenium. Chemistry analyst, Health Canada, Scarborough, ON.

    Audrey Cassen (Exchange Graduate Student): Synthesis of Ru-coordinated borylphosphine ligands. Ph.D. 2014, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.

    Jon Clarke (Undergraduate Research Assistant): Polyphenylsilane as a sol-gel precursor to inorganic materials. B.Sc. candidate, University of Victoria.

    Roman Belli (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): Ring-opening reactions of ruthenaphosphacyclobutanes and -butenes. B.Sc.(Hons.) University of Toronto 2014. See above.

    Krista (Morrow) Burton (M.Sc. 2012): Mechanistic studies of [2+2] cycloadditions at a Ru-P double bond. Medical student, UBC/Island Medical Program.

    Bryony McAllister (2nd Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2015): Borane mediated reactions of 1,2-dihydridodisilanes. Graduate student, University of Toronto.

    Michael Jarosz (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA, B.Sc. 2014): phosphine complexes of rhodium and ruthenium. Commissioned Officer, Royal Canadian Navy and Firefighter, BC Wildfire Service.

    Sophie Langis-Barsetti (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): secondary phosphine complexes of the ruthenium pentamethylcyclopentadiene fragment. Ph.D. candidate, Université de Montréal.

    Marc-André Hoyle (Undergraduate Research Assistant/4
    th Year Project Student): Trapping reactive diarylphosphido complexes. B.Eng. candidate, UBC.

    Miranda Skjel (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA and 4th Year Project Student/University Research Scholar): Borane-mediated (a) diastereoselective  hydrosilation of  alpha-diketones and (b) post-polymerization modification of poly(phenylsilane). Occupational therapist, Centre for Autism Services Alberta.

    Eric Derrah (Graduate Student, Ph. D. 2009): P-H activation by ruthenium complexes. Research Chemist, Engenium Chemicals Corp, Calgary.

    Greg Gibson (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2009): Synthesis of diastereomeric Ru phosphine and phosphido complexes. Ph.D. 2014, University of Toronto. Postdoctoral researcher, UBC.

    Hannah Burton (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2009): Benzonitrile adducts of Ru phosphido complexes.  Medical student, UBC/Island Medical Program.

    Greg Zilinskas (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): Synthesis of naphthol-substituted oligosilanes. M.E.Sc. 2011, University of Western Ontario. Chemical and Biomedical Engineer, North York, ON.

    Nelly von Aderkas (Undergraduate Research Assistant): Characterization of oligosilane materials. B.Sc. 2008 McGill University. Conservation Scientist, Tate Gallery, UK.

    Ryan Abel (Undergraduate Research Volunteer, B.Sc. 2009): Ru complexes of secondary phosphines. Environmental Lead, In-Situ & Forestry, Fort McKay First Nation.

    Andrea Kirby (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): Borane-catalyzed hydrosilylation of 1,2-diketones by silanes. Ph.D. 2014, University of Toronto. Associate Scientist, Gilead Sciences, Edmonton.

    Erica Jones (Undergraduate Research Assistant, B.Sc. 2008): Ru complexes of secondary phosphines and phosphides. Feasibility Specialist, PRA Health Sciences, Victoria.

    Sarah Jackson (Graduate Student, M.Sc. 2007): Rh catalysts for silane dehydrocoupling.

    Karina Giesbrecht (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2007): Ru complexes of secondary phosphines, phosphides & nitriles. Ph.D, candidate, University of Victoria (Institute for Ocean Sciences).

    Adrian Houghton (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2007): Borane-catalyzed hydrosilylation of 1,2-diketones by disilanes. Ph. D. 2014, University of Calgary. Postdoctoral researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, WA.

    Danielle Kobus (Undergraduate Research Assistant, B.Sc. 2004): catalytic oligosilane synthesis, 1,2-disilacycle synthesis.

    Dawn Friesen (Graduate Student, Ph.D. 2005): templates for the synthesis of phosphorus-containing macrocycles. Research chemist - oilfield chemicals, Stepan Company, Houston.

    Shaun Hall (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): ruthenium complexes of secondary phosphines. Ph.D. 2010, University of Victoria. Research Assistant, University of Sheffield.

    Dan Harrison (Graduate Student, M. Sc. 2005):  polysilane synthesis and modification. Ph.D. 2010, University of Toronto. Postdoctoral fellow, University of Ottawa (Baker).

    Cat Hughes (Graduate Student, M.Sc. 2005): catalytic poly- and oligosilane synthesis. Quality assurance chemist, ALS Chemex, North Vancouver.

    Kari Frantzen (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2005): templates for the synthesis of phosphorus-containing macrocycles. Quality Assurance Manager, Functional Imaging, BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver.

    Sébastien Monfette (Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSERC USRA/ICE scholar): catalyst synthesis and catalytic oligosilane synthesis. Ph.D. 2010, University of Ottawa. Research Scientist, Pfizer, NJ.

    Anika Louie (Undergraduate Research Assistant, B.Sc. 2004): 1,2-disilacycle synthesis. Ph.D. McMaster University.

    Dave Edwards (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2003): 1,2-disilacycle synthesis and computational studies. M.Sc. University of British Columbia, 2008.

    Jazmin Marlinga (4th Year Project Student/NSERC USRA, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2003): ruthenium complexes of secondary phosphines. M.D., University of Western Ontario. CCFP, 2009, University of Calgary.

    Owen Bowles (Undergraduate Research Assistant, B.Sc. 2003): template precursors for the synthesis of phosphorus-containing macrocycles. Research scientist, Exelixis, Inc., San Francisco, CA.

    Dr. Junzhi Yao (Postdoctoral Fellow): functionalized silane dimers, models for disilacyclopolymers. Research scientist, Medicure, Winnipeg.

    Colin Davis (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.)): catalytic dehydrogenative dimerization of silanes.  M.Sc., University of Calgary, 2004. MI Swaco, Calgary.

    Debbie Mitra (4th Year Project Student, B.Sc. (Hons.) 2000): P-H activation by ruthenium complexes.  Ph.D. 2007, McGill  University. Research Associate, Ottawa Eye Institute, University of Ottawa.

    Timothy Hooper (Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant, B.Sc. 2000):  P-H activation by ruthenium complexes.  M.Sc. 2003, University of Manitoba.


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