Raj Vasdev, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Field Service Engineer, Agilent Technologies

Group Members

Graduate Students

Daniela was born in Toronto and lived 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 focuses on the synthesis and characterization of molecular and polymeric main group hydrazonate complexes, including studying their aggregation induced emission and redox properties. On her free time, Daniela enjoys hot yoga, Zumba, seeing live musical theatre, preaching the importance of a quality skin care routine and being a cat mom to Charlie.

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 - Senior Chemistry, The Dow Chemical Company
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 - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Dong-Yup (William) Choi, CAMBR research assitant, summer 2014
                         -Currently - Software Developer, Royal Bank of Canada
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

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 - Medical School, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
John Trant, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2015
                         -Currently - Assistant Professor (University of 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 - Grad Student at Queen's (Liu Group)
Jasmine Buddingh, Chem 4491 student, 2015-2016 & NSERC USRA, summer 2015
                         -Currently - NSERC Graduate Student at Queen's (Liu Group)

Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Katzman
Ben was born in Richmond Hill, ON and just completed his Honour’s Specialization degree in Chemistry at UWO. His undergraduate research primarily focused on the synthesis and characterization of various nucleobase formazanate complexes. He is now an MSc student in the Gilroy group and his research will focus on the synthesis and characterization of novel luminescent formazanate complexes. While not in the lab, Ben enjoys cheering on the Leafs, playing hockey and hanging out with friends.
Anastasia Colomba, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Chem. Eng. Consultant (KPMG)

Graduate Students

Joseph A. Paquette, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - OCE TalentEdge PDF (PolyAnalytik Inc.)
Amir Rabiee Kenaree, PhD Student, 2013-2016
                         -Currently - Development Scientist, Green Centre Canada
Scott Timmermans, Chem 4491 student, 2016-2017
                         -Currently - Operator, Ingredion Canada Inc. 
Stephanie M. Barbon, OGS & NSERC PhD Student, 2013-2017
                         -Currently - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Samantha Novoa, MSc Student, 2015-2017
                         -Currently - Project Leader, Imperial Oil
Sara Catingan
Sara was born in Manila, Philippines but raised in Guelph, Ontario with her older brother. She has just completed an internship with Environment Canada as part of her Honors Specialization in Chemistry degree at the University of Western Ontario and is currently a thesis student in the Gilroy group where she is working toward the discovery of efficient boron-based fluorophores. Outside of school, Sara enjoys playing the flute and piano and spending time with family and friends.
Chris Aspros, Chem 4491 student, 2017-2018
                         -Currently - Unknown
Zach Powell, Chem 4491 student, 2017-2018
                         -Currently - Technical Services Rep., Veolia NA
David Stephens, NSERC USRA, Summer 2018
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at Western (Kerr Group)
Francis was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 2006. He received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Science (Hons) at Ryerson University and completed his undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Prof. Russell Viirre and Prof. Sarah Sabatinos. Following this, Francis undertook internships working with innovation-focused organizations where he worked in different branches of chemistry. His graduate research in the Gilroy group will involve the synthesis and characterization of formazan scaffolds with extended pi-conjugation. In his free time, Francis likes to read sci-fi novels, hang out with his cats and spend inordinate amounts of time on his computer.
Francis Buguis
Alex Van Belois, MSc Student, 2016-2018
                         -Currently - Research Chemist, Imperial Oil
Michael was born in Montreal, QC but lived majority of his life throughout Europe and Eastern Canada. While on the east coast, he completed his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 2018 at Mount Allison University under the supervision of Dr. Steve Westcott. His honours undergraduate thesis entailed the synthesis and characterization of novel Pd (II) Schiff base complexes. After the summer of 2018, Michael moved to London,ON to pursue a graduate degree at Western and that is where he currently resides. He is a first year graduate student in the Gilroy group and his research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of stable radical polymers.
Michael Anghel
Madeleine Sattler, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at U of T (Morris Group)
Alicia Battaglia, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at U of T (Seferos Group)
Benjamin Katzman, Chem 4491 student, 2018-2019
                         -Currently - Graduate Student at Western (Gilroy Group)
Ryan Maar, NSERC PhD Student, 2015-2019
                         -Currently - Senior Chemist, The Dow Chemical Company
Raj Vasdev, MSc Student, 2017-2019
                         -Currently - Field Service Engineer, Agilent Technologies
Francois Magnan, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019 
                         -Currently - Senior Lab Instructor (University of Ottawa, Chemistry)
Matthew Trunzo
Matthew Trunzo was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and came to the University of Western Ontario to complete a degree of Honours Specialization in Chemistry. He is returning from an internship at Sanofi Pasteur where he worked as a Quality Control Raw Materials Lab Technician. Matt is currently working on his 4491 thesis project with the Gilroy group studying polymers with unique optoelectronic properties. In his free time he enjoys going to the gym, spending time with his friends, and playing sports for fun.
Alexander Watson
Alexander was born and raised in London, Ontario and is currently pursuing his Honours Specialization in Chemistry degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is working with the Gilroy and Ragogna groups on his 4491 thesis project focused on the functionalization of performance elastomers. Other than chemistry, Alexander enjoys playing baseball, a good book and long walks on the beach.
Likun Yang
Likun was born in Shenzhen, China, and just completed his Honours Specialization degree in Chemistry at UWO this past year. He started his graduate studies with the Ragogna and Gilroy groups this fall with the focus of research on synthesis and properties of phosphorus-containing polymer networks. In his spare time, Likun love to play and watch sports with my friends and exploring the Mother Nature.