Raj Vasdev, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at Western (Workentin Group)

Group Members

Graduate Students

Daniela was born in Toronto, but raised just north of the city in Vaughan. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at Western in 2017 where she worked in the Ragogna and Gillies groups for her Chem 4491. Her undergraduate research involved the synthesis and self-assembly studies of phosphonium containing block copolymers. Her graduate research in the Gilroy Group will involve the synthesis of polymers based on main group adducts of N-donor ligands. Daniela enjoys cooking, yoga, Netflix, creating her own skin care products, as well as spending time with her furry friends- Cocoa (Bichon/ Shih-Tzu) and Charlie (orange Tabby).

Group Alumni

Christopher (Kit) Harrison, 4491 student, 2012-2013
                          -Currently - Business Development and Marketing Associate, Solar Provider Group
Stephanie Barbon, Chem 4491 student, 2012-2013
                          -Currently - Banting PDF, UCSB (Hawker Group)
David Bocking, summer research assistant, summer 2013 
                         -Currently - Graduate student at York University
Pauline Reinkeluers, Chem 4491 student, 2013-2014
                          -Currently - Sales Analyst with Debro Chemicals
Ryan Maar, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015 & NSERC USRA, summer 2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at Western (Gilroy Group)
Dong-Yup (William) Choi, CAMBR research assitant, summer 2014
                         -Currently - Undergraduate Student at Western
Ethan Sauvé, NSERC USRA, summer 2014 & work study student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at UBC (Hudson Group)
Umesh Yogarajah, work study student, summer 2014
                         -Currently - Pharmacy School, Albany College of Pharmacy

Undergraduate Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Jacquelyn Price, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2014
                         -Currently - Research Fellow with FPInnovations
Jas was born in Brampton, Ontario, but raised in Punjab, India with his older brother. He completed his honours B.Sc. in Chemistry at Ryerson University in 2017 where his first exposure to research occurred in the summer of 2015 in the Koivisto group synthesizing novel aryl alkyne BODIPY derivatives. He broadened his research experience by starting in the Foucher group in the fall of 2015 where he worked towards synthesizing conductive silver inks and amino stannyl ferrocenes. He then completed his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Foucher synthesizing polystannanes with “push-pull” behavior. In the Gilroy group his graduate research will focus on the synthesis of stable radical polymers. When not in the lab, Jas enjoys hiking, working out and watching movies.
Jasveer Dhindsa
Daniela Cappello
Samantha Novoa, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Project Leader, Imperial Oil
Tommaso Romagnoli, Chem 4491 student, 2014-2015 
                         -Currently - Medical School at Western
Jordan LeSarge, work study student, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at Western (Luyt Group)
Dr. John Trant, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Assistant Professor (Windsor Chemistry)
Connor Derome, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - Energy Systems Engineering Technology Program, Centennial College
Aaron Levy, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - Operations Manager, Preston Apartments
Desiree Bender, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016
                         -Currently - NSERC Grad Student at Ryerson University (Foucher/Gossage Groups)
Jasmine Buddingh, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016 & NSERC USRA, summer 2015
                         -Currently - OGS Graduate Student at Queen's (Liu Group)
Alex was born and raised in London, Ontario and completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. Before joining the Gilroy/Workentin groups for his M.Sc. studies, he broadened his research experience by working in Dr. Clara Wren's lab in the summer of 2015 studying the corrosion of carbon steel. He was awarded the Undergraduate Pre-Thesis Award as a Chemistry 4491 student in Dr. Mark Workentin's lab, and continued his research through the summer of 2016 focusing on a synthetic protection-photodeprotection strategy towards strained alkyne-functionalized gold nanoparticles. When not in the lab, Alex enjoys playing the violin, canoeing, camping and watching movies.
Alex Van Belois

Undergraduate Students

Sara Catingan
Sara was born in Manila, Philippines but raised in Guelph, Ontario with her older brother. She has just completed her second year in her Honors Specialization in Chemistry degree at the University of Western Ontario and is currently a Work Study student in the Gilroy lab. She will be working with main group and transition metal complexes of formazanate ligands and exploring their polymerization chemistry. Outside of school, Sara enjoys playing the flute and piano and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Anastasia Colomba, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Chem. Eng. Consultant (KPMG)

Graduate Students

Dr. Joseph A. Paquette, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - OCE TalentEdge PDF (PolyAnalytik Inc.)
Dr. Amir Rabiee Kenaree, PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - PDF at Western (Gillies Group)
Scott Timmermans, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Operator, Ingredion Canada Inc. 
Benjamin Katzman
Ben was born in Richmond Hill, ON and is now pursuing an Honours Specialization degree in chemistry at the University of Western Ontario. In the Gilroy lab, Ben is gaining lab experience while working on potentially polymerizable transition metal complexes of formazanate ligands. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching hockey and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Stephanie M. Barbon, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2017
                         -Currently - Banting PDF, USCB (Hawker Group)
Ms. Samantha Novoa, MSc Student, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Project Leader, Imperial Oil
Ryan was born in Scarborough, but raised in the town of Aurora with his younger brother. He is currently an NSERC-funded graduate student in the Chemistry program at UWO. During the summer of 2014, he was awarded a Reactive Intermediate Student Exchange (RISE) scholarship to work under the supervision of Prof. William Leigh at McMaster University studying transient germylene species. He then completed his undergraduate thesis under the tutelage of Prof. Joe Gilroy exploring structure-property relationships in anisole-substituted boron difluoride formazanate complexes. After completing his thesis, Ryan stayed to work for Prof. Gilroy as an NSERC USRA student (Summer 2015). His graduate research will focus on the synthesis of transition metal formazanate complexes for wastewater purification applications. When not in the lab, Ryan enjoys playing a multitude of sports and hanging out with family and friends.
Ryan Maar
Chris Aspros
Chris was born and raised in Toronto until he left to attend Western University. Now pursuing a specialization in chemistry, Chris has joined the Gilroy group for his Chem 4991 thesis project. Chris will be studying the chain-growth polymerization of boron complexes of formazanate ligands during the 2017-2018 academic year. Chris enjoys sports such as lacrosse outside of school where he serves as referee during the summer.
Zach Powell
Zach was born in Lasalle, ON but raised in Essex, ON and Prague, Czech Republic. He is currently in his fourth year of a Honours Specialization Degree in Chemistry, working in the Gilroy Group for his 4491 thesis where he will be attempting to extend the conjugation at the 1,5 positions of boron difluoride formazanates through metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions and subsequently developing polymers from these compounds. Prior to joining the Gilroy Group, Zach completed a sixteen-month internship at Accucaps Industries Ltd. and Catalent Pharma Solutions. Outside of school, Zach enjoys keeping active, travelling and hanging out with friends and family.