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Associate Professor, Chemistry

My chemistry high school teacher ignited my interest in the field, particularly because she focused on the environmental impacts of chemicals and how they lead to different types of pollution. In university, a third-year physical chemistry undergraduate course exposed me to the field of environmental remediation, where chemistry is used to clean up indoor and outdoor air pollution. Right then, I knew that this is exactly what I want to do for a career.

At Laurier, I established an environmental physical chemistry lab. In the lab we conduct research in atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry and environmental remediation by nanomaterials.

Undergraduate and graduate students are the engine in my research lab. They come in with raw passion for research, driven by their desire to fix the environmental problems of our day. Over the years, they have surprised me with observations that opened up avenues for new projects and publications I had not thought of before. These moments of discovery make us all proud and give us the drive to continue on tackling hard scientific issues.

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