Current Members
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Dr. Michael Wolf

Principal Investigator

Michael Wolf completed a Combined Honours Degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Dalhousie University, followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at MIT where he worked under the supervision of Mark Wrighton. He then completed a one and a half year stint as a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin working with Marye Anne Fox. He has been on the faculty at the University of British Columbia since 1995, and is now full professor and Head of the Department. Prof. Wolf is a materials chemist, whose major  contributions are to the fields of conjugated polymers and materials, the photochemistry and photophysics of conjugated materials and coordination complexes, and the synthesis and applications of modified nanomaterials. Prof. Wolf won a CNC/IUPAC Travel Prize in 1999, a UBC Killam Research Prize in 2003, the CSC Award for Pure and Applied Inorganic Chemistry in 2004, was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 2015, and won the Rio Tinto Alcan Award in 2016.

Detailed CV

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Taylor Wright

PhD Candidate

Taylor Wright was born in Nanaimo, Canada. He received his BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia. Taylor's research focuses on new techniques for crosslinking polymers using visible light and the resulting mechanical and rheological properties. Outside of the lab he enjoys board-games, baking, and papercraft.

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Tobias Overney-Ragan

MSc Student

Tobias Overney-Ragan was born in Montréal, Canada. He received his BSc in Biochemistry from Concordia University. Tobias’ research interests include photochemical organometallic complexes and their excited-state lifetime extensions. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading and the outdoors

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Lanting Jiang

PhD Student

Lanting Jiang was born in Suzhou, China. She received her BSc degree in Chemistry from University of Alberta. Lanting’s research focuses on flexible Lewis pairs and studying their resulting photophysical properties. When not in lab, she enjoys fashion shows and designer videos on YouTube, watching real-crime documentaries on Netflix, and reading historical novels.

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Stanley Ka-Ming Tong

PhD Student

Stanley Tong is from Hong Kong. He received his BSc in Chemistry from the City University of Hong Kong. Stanley’s research focuses on studying the photophysical properties of transition metal complexes and stimuli-responsive materials. When not in the lab, he enjoys cycling, watching movies and learning Japanese.

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Urmi Mody

PhD Student

Urmi Mody was born in Mumbai, India. She received her BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia. Urmi’s research focuses on developing new flexible lewis pairs and studying their resulting photophysical properties. When not in lab, she loves to sketch and develop a collection of artwork. You can also find Urmi experimenting with different smoothie combinations when she wants some ‘chromic’ inspiration!

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Dr. Heewon Bahng

Postdoctoral Fellow

Heewon Bahng is from Seoul, South Korea. She received her BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Yonsei University in Seoul. In 2019, she completed her PhD at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland studying photo-induced charge transfer dynamics of dye-sensitized solar cells. As a PDF, she focuses on photophysical mechanism of sulfur-bridged molecular systems, and also explores Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) or charge transfer mechanisms of quantum dots. Outside of the lab, she spends her time enjoying walking in forests and cooking.

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Jessica Toigo

PhD Student

Jessica Toigo is from Sao Jose do Cedro, Brazil, and completed her MSc in Chemistry at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Jessica's research looks at developing new metal complexes for DSSC application. Outside the lab, she loves hiking, listening to music, watching sports games, and sitcoms.

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Jasmine Zeng

PhD Student

Jasmine (Yimin) Zeng is from Sichuan, China. She received her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Jasmine's research focuses on crosslinking polymers using UV light and dyes that generate singlet oxygen. Outside of the lab, she enjoys the outdoors and good food.

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Nicole Removski

Undergraduate Student

Nicole Removski grew up close to UBC in Richmond, Canada. Currently, she’s an undergrad completing her fourth and final year in Honours Chemistry. Her project is focused on creating a bridged anthracene molecule with terminal ferrocenes as well as modulating its photophysical properties electrochemically. Outside of the lab, Nicole likes to explore the city, whip up a mean breakfast and bike.

PAST MEMBERS

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Dr. Duane Hean

PhD

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Olga Yunyaeva

MSc

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Dr. Jennifer Yuan

PhD

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Dr. Zhen Xu

PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow

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TREVOR CROSS

MSc

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DR. CHRIS BROWN

PhD

PDF at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Johnson Group)

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DR. CATHERIN ERTL

Postdoctoral Fellow

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EMILE DELUCA

MSc

Technical Adviser at DASCENZO Intellectual Property Law, P.C. (Portland, OR)

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DR. JANET OCHOLA

PhD

Lecturer at Douglas College

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DR. ELISE CARON

PhD

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DR. PAVAN KUMAR VANAMA

Postdoctoral Fellow

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DR. JEFF THERRIEN

PhD 

College Professor at Okanagan College

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DR. YANG CAO

PhD


P.D.F. at University of British Columbia (Berlinguette Group)

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DR. PETER CHRISTENSEN

PhD


P.D.F. at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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DR. RENEE MAN

PhD, 2009-2015

PDF at Nagoya University

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DR. ASHLEE HOWARTH

PhD, 2009-2014


Assistant Professor at Concordia University

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DR. LYNDSEY EARL

PhD, 2008-2014


PDF at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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DR. MAREK MAJEWSKI

PhD, 2007-2013


Assistant Professor at Concordia University

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DR. GLEN BREMNER

PhD, 2006-2013


Electrochemistry Team Lead SWITCH Materials Inc. (Burnaby BC)

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DR. GOMATHI ANANDHANATARAJAN

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013


Asst. Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale (Hyderabad)

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DR. STEPHANIE MOORE

PhD, 2006-2012


PDF at University of Calgary

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DR. ANGELA KUCHISON

PhD, 2005-2011


Instructor at University of Manitoba

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DR. MATTHEW ROBERTS

PhD, 2005-2011


Research Scientist at SWITCH Materials Inc. (Burnaby BC)

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DR. TAMARA FREEMAN

PhD, 2004-2009


Associate Professor at University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

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DR. TIMOTHY KELLY

PhD, 2005-2009


Professor and CRC Chair in Photovoltaics at University of Saskatchewan

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DR. AGOSTINO PIETRANGELO

PhD., 2003-2008


Asst. Professor, Rutgers University (Newark)

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DR. BRYAN SIH

PhD, 2002-2007


Sialco Materials Ltd.

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DR. CAROLYN MOORLAG

PhD, 2001-2006


Research Scientist and Project Leader, Xerox Research Center of Canada

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DR. TIMOTHY GORJANC

PDF, 2005


Team Lead, Sensor Development at XSensor Technology Corporation (Calgary, AB)

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DR. TRACEY STOTT

PhD, 2000-2005


Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright (Toronto, ON)

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DR. EMILY CHUNG

PhD, 1999-2004


Science and Technology Journalist, CBCNews.ca (Toronto, ON)

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LISA THORNE

MSc, 2002-2004


Lawyer, Patent and Trademark Agent, Smart Á Biggar (Vancouver, BC)

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Dr. Yiling Dai

PhD

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Audrey Warner

Research Associate

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Dr. Joe Clarkson

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Nicole Arsenault

PhD