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January 2016

Updates were a bit delayed while we integrated Twitter into our lives. Here are some recent happenings:

  • Alex Van Belois and Alexis Prestwich joined the group as undergraduare Chem 4491E researchers in Sept.
  • Praveen and Tommaso started their M.Sc. in September
  • Pierangelo presented two invited lectures at Pacifichem 2015 and is now finishing up his thesis
  • Sara defended her Ph.D. and is now working at  Pharma Medica Research Inc.
  • and I am sure a bunch of other stuff!

June 2015

  • Wilson, Pierga and Vaishnavi gave talks at the 2015 CSC Conference in Ottawa
  • Sara and Pierga's paper on Maleimide-AuNP as a template for cycloaddition reactions is accepetd into Eur. J. Org. Chem.
  • Praveen, Kathleen, Tommaso and Robert graduate with a Wetsern B.Sc.  Congratulations!

April/May 2015

  • Wilson is named an Ontario Gradaute Scholar!
  • Tommaso is named an Ontario Graduate Scholar!  He joins the group in September!
  • Praveen joins the group as a graduate student. Welcome!
  • Becky joins the groups as an NSERC USRA Scholar.
  • Max joins the group as a FoS Pre-thesis Award Research Scholar.
  • Ryan joins the group as an NSERC USRA Schoalr joint with JF Corrigan's group.

March 2015

  • The boss has been awarded a USC-Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2014-2015.  The first three time winner at Western!
  • Kathleen, Tommaso, Praveen and Robert submit their BSc theses today!  What a successful year.
  • Pierga, Tommaso & Jennifer's paper, a collaboration with Barbon and Gilroy, is published in Chem. Commun. DOI: 10.1039/C5CC01522G
  • Pierga, Wilson and Sung Ju's paper, a collaboration with Rachel And Robert Hudson, entitled "Small AuNP for Interfacial Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligatation" is published in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB00372E.
  • Tommaso and Kathleen are preparing to attend the 43rd SOUSCC:
  • Praveen has accepted the offer to do graduate work in the group starting 2015!

February 2015

  • Dr. Mahdi Hesari, a recent graduate from our group, was awarded the 2014 Paul De Mayo Award for Excellence in Chemical Research for his outstanding work in the field of Electrochemistry and Nanoscience of Materials. The Paul de Mayo Award is the most prestigious graduate student recognition our Department has to offer. The award consists of a medal, a plaque, a monetary prize, and an award lecture.  Congratulations Mahdi!  
  • Praveen's, Wilson's and Pierga's paper on clickable Rhodamine derivatives was accepted in SYNLETT!

January 2015

Ok, the end of the term was nuts; there was still stuff happening just no time to update. So a fresh start in 2015!

October 2014

  • Mahdi's paper appears on line:

September 2014

  • The new Chem 4491E Research Students joing the group.  Welcome Praveen, Tommaso, Robert and Kathleen!


  • Pierga was awarded  the Thermo Fischer Scientific Award and the XRCC Award for his two oral presentations in the Materials Division at the 2014 CSC Conference in Vancouver. Congratulations Pierga!

Gobbo CSC

  • Pierga's paper, a collaboration with Rachel in the Hudson group was accepted in RSC Advances: "Peptide-decorated gold nanoparticles via strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition and post assembly deprotection"
  • Rachel Pierga Adv

July/August 2014

  • Dr. Hesari successfully defends his PhD thesis!mahdi PhD
  • Mahdi's paper entitled "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Au25(0) Nanocluster Electrochemiluminescence" is accepted into Chem. Eur. J. the morning of his PhD examination.
  • Sara's paper ""Synthesis of Small Water-Soluble Diazirine-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles and Their Photochemical Modification" is published in a special issue of Can. J. Chem. 10.1139/cjc-2014-0287
  • Last paper from David Magri's thesis is published in a special issue of Molecules:
  • Mahdi's paper entitled "Highly Efficient Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Au38 Nanoclusters" is published in ACS Nano
  • Pierangelo Gobbo and Ziyan Zhu's paper  (with Nastaran Kazemi-Zanjani and François Lagugné-Labarthet) "High Resolution Raman Imaging of bundles of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy" is published in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry 10.1139/cjc-2014-0247

June 2014

  • Sung Ju completes his term as a pdf.  Good luck for your next opportunity.
  • Mahdi's paper entitled "Near-infrared electrochemiluminescence from Au25(SC2H4Ph)18+ clusters co-reacted with tri-n-propylamine" is published in RSC Advances.
  • Leila and Jennifer graduate with their BSc on June 12!  Congratulations.  Good luck on your next adventures.
  • Wilson graduates with his B.Sc. from University of Windsor on June 11! Congratulations!
  • Tommaso Romagnoli joins the group as a summer research scholar!
  • Sara and Pierangelo present the results of their work at the 2014 Canadian Society for Chemistry conference in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Mahdi's paper entitled "NIR Electrochemiluminescence from Au25− Nanoclusters Facilitated by Highly Oxidizing and Reducing Co-reactant Radicals" was accepted for publication in Chemical Science.
  • Wilson Luo joins the group!  Welcome Wilson.  We look forward to your publications and news being posted here in the near future.


  • Mahdi's paper entitled "Electrogenerated chemiluminescence of monodispersed Au144(SC2H4Ph)60 clusters" is accepted for publication in a special issue of Organometallics.

May 2014

  • Max Weissman and Praveen Grunawardene join the group as undergraduate research scholars. (No Praveen is not sleeping, he is thinking about the next column)


  • Paper entitled "Tessellated gold nanostructures from Au144(SCH2CH2Ph)60 molecular precursors and their use in organic solar cell enhancement" with Reg Bauld and Mahdi Hesari, in a collaboration with Giovanni Fanchini is accepted into the RSC journal Nanoscale!

April 2014

Au23 TOC

  • Former group member Hamid Alizadeh his wife Sara and daughter, now Professor at Razi University, welcomes a new member to the family!  Congrats on teh birth of your daughter!
  • Check out our contribution to a Grand Challenges project led by former PDF, Mia Biondi:
  •  Saturday was Chem 4491E Day- the students present and defend their theses.   Leila and Jennifer did great!
  • leila, Pierga, MSW and Jennifer

March 2014

  • Saturday is Chem 4491E Day- the students present and defend their theses.  Good luck Leila, Joeseph and Jennifer!
  • Leila, Jennifer and Joseph attended the SOUSCC 42 in Windsor! the day after they must submit their thesis. Joeseph wins forst prize in teh Analytical Division!
  • Happy St. Patrick's day from an italian and a scot!
  • MCJen StPat
  • Andre and Mahdi's paper "Facile nucleation of gold nanoparticles on graphene-based thin films from Au144 molecular precursors" with Ahmed, M;  Reg Bauld,and  Giovanni Fanchini as collaborators was published in Nanotechnology 25 135601 doi:10.1088/0957-4484/25/13/135601

February 2014

  • Mahdi's collaboration with M. Fard and J. Corrigan is accepted to Chem.-Eur. J. 2014 DOI: 10.1002/chem.201400185
  • Mahdi's paper entitled "Facile Synthesis of Au23(SC(CH3)3)16 is accepted to J. Mater. Chem. C. 2014
  • Pierga, Zach, Aurelia's paper "Versatile Strained-Alkyne Modified Water-Soluble AuNPs for Interfacial Strain-Promoted Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition (I-SPAAC)" is publsihed in J. Mater. Chem. B. 2014, DOI: 10.1039/C3TB21799JJMATERCHEMB

January 2014

The end of last term was crazy, so no December updates. Sorry

Happy New Year!  We are off to a good start this year, so watch this spot for updates.

Andrei Venter

Check out the earlier happenings on our NEWS page.


Mark S. Workentin, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research (CAMBR)

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