Research and Teaching Interests
The discovery of new materials with electronic or photonic applications is the primary thrust of our research program. Projects in our lab involve the synthesis of new organic and inorganic materials, the study of the properties of such materials using a variety of techniques, as well as an evaluation of their applications.
Tunable Bridged Chromophores - Small chemical changes at the bridging site between two aromatic systems enables control over the electronic communication and charge transfer properties of the system. These molecules are being investigated as anti-counterfeiting agents, emissive dyes, and ligands for organometallic complexes.
Stimuli Responsive Fluorescent Dyes - Stimuli such as solvent, temperature, and light are being used to modify the emission lifetime and wavelength of fluorescent molecules. We investigate these systems for use in fluorescence microscopy such as FLIM and STORM.
Photochemical Materials - We study the use of light as a stimuli for the modification of molecular dyes, single crystals, and polymers. This enables materials with mechanical, electronic, and photophysical properties that can be fine tuned using light.
B.Sc., Dalhousie University (1989); Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S. Wrighton, 1994); NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin (M.A. Fox, 1995); Killam Research Award (2003); Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry (2004); Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2015); Rio Tinto Alcan Award (2016).