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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 22, 2014
Canadian Excellence


Group photo (Fall 2014) 

From left: Arthur Situm, Md. Abdus Sabur, Brandon Caughell, Lindsay Grandy, Kevin Jakiela, Adrian Adamescu, and Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh

Current Research Team (Fall 2014/Winter 2015):

Adrian Adamescu, MSc (Computational Chemistry, PhD student [2013- ], co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton)

Md. Abdus Sabur, MSc (Geohemistry, Recipient of Science Master's degree Gold medal from the Faculty of Graduate and Postodoctoral Studies at Laurier, PhD student [2014- ], co-supervised with Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen)

Arthur Situm (Geochemistry, MSc student [2014- ], CH490 thesis 2013-2014, Recipient of third place award for best oral presentations at the 2014 Southern Ontario Undergraduate Students Chemistry Conference)

Kevin Jakiela (Atmospheric Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2013-2014, Research Assistant)

Lindsay Grandy (Atmospheric chemistryCH490 thesis 2014-2015)

Brandon Caughell (Geochemistry, CH490 thesis 2014-2015)


Samantha Slikboer (Atmospheric chemistry, Research Assistant, CH490 thesis 2013-2014, currently a graduate student at McMaster University)

Willie Buck (Research Volunteer, 3rd year Chemistry Program)

Mohamed El Sheikh (Research Volunteer, 3rd year Health Sciences student)

Julia Tofan-Lazar, MSc (Atmospheric Chemistry, MSc 2010-2012 and Research Associate 2012-2013, currently a Lab Technician at Maple Leaf Foods)

Glynis Jones (Computational Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2012-2013, co-supervised with Dr. Shohini Ghose, currently MSc student in Financial Math at Laurier)

Jonathan Ruffolo (Atmospheric chemistry, Research Assistant summer 2013, currently 4th year Chemistry Program)

Derek Arts (Geochemistry, CH490 student 2012-2013, currently an engineering student at McMaster University)

Marshall Linder (Computational Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2011-2012, co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton, currently a MSc student at U. of Guelph)

Dr. Hamid Firooz (Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2012, currently a Lecturer at University of Waterloo)

Hummara Aslam, MSc (Research Associate, currently a Regulatory Affairs Associate at Johnson & Johnson)

Kyle Bachus (Research Assistant, currently a graduate student at Queen's)

Gregory Wentworth (Atmospheric Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2010-2011, NSERC USRA Awardee (summer '10), currenlty a graduate student at U of T) 

William Mitchel (Geochemistry, CH490 thesis 2009-2010, currently a Researcher and Data Analyst, Miovision Technologies)

Travis Beeby

Scott Cowen (Atmospheric Chemistry, completed MSc in Chemistry in August 2009, 2006-2007 CH490 Thesis, currently a Research Scientist at Chemque)

Holly Gray (Computational Chemistry, Research Assistant, 2008-2009 CH490 Thesis, co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton, currently a PhD student in Civil Engineering at University of Waterloo)

Tyler Peeters

Mattew Chabot (CH495 Directed Studies in Environmental Surface Chemistry 2009)

Tuan Hoang (Geochemistry, NSERC USRA Awardee (summer '07 & '08), research assistant.  Currently an PhD student in Biochemistry at U of Guelph)

Wade Thompson (currently a pharmacy student at U. of Waterloo)

Megha Duggal (2007-2008 CH490 Thesis in geochemistry, currently a graduate student at U. of Guelph) 

Sarah DePalma (2006-2007 CH490 Thesis in geochemistry, currently at Environment Canada)

Katherine Stewart (Research Assistant, currently a PhD student in chemical engineering at U of Waterloo) 

Gazelle Crasto (Research Assistant, currently a PhD student at U of T) 

Katie McCartney (2005-2006 CH490 Thesis in atmospheric chemistry, currently a Quality Assurance Coordinator at Vale)

External Member of Examining/Defense Committee:

Abdolhamid Firooz (PhD defense, 2011) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Myung Kim (MSc defense, 2011) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Zena Rebello (MSc defense, 2010) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Ali Mohsenipour (PhD comrehensive exam, 2008) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Lucas Neil (PhD comrehensive exam [2007] and defense [2010]) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Ali Abulkasim (PhD comrehensive exam, 2007) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.)

Yousef Awad (PhD, 2006) "Characterizations of Polydimethlsilane Derived Amorphous Silicon Carbide Films For Harsh Environment Applications", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC.

Hight School Student Visitors:

2- Mohamed Moussa (Summer 2011, 2012) from the IB program in Cameron Heights High School, Kitchener. 


Group of 13 students enrolled in the Shad Valley Program (Summer 2007).  1-

day science session entitled “How Do Chemists “see” molecules, Especially those Contaminating Water Resources?”