Doctoral (2016 - Present)

Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, ON​

Supervisor: Dr. Olena V. Zenkina

  • I am an inorganic materials chemist. I develop electrochromic materials and other "smart" technologies. Electrochromic materials are smart devices that change colour with potential changes. Nowadays, many of us have experienced this phenomenon on commercial aircrafts through electrochromic windows. It turns out, they are costly and inefficient. However, they are promising materials for our future technological world. For example, in windows, they reflect sunlight back into the earth's atmosphere when in tinted mode, but can allow these rays to transmit in the transparent mode. Could you imagine the impact on air-conditioning if every office building and home had these installed?

  • Optimizing the electrochromic materials is where my role begins! I build my materials using metal coordination complexes on screen printed high surface area nanoparticle supports. I manipulate their specific properties to turn the colour on and off, reversibly, using electrochemistry. As a material chemist, I am responsible for characterizing my materials in a variety of methods. Some techniques I use at this level are:

    • Cyclic Voltammetry (CV)

    • Chronoamperometry 

    • Diffuse-Reflectance Spectroscopy

    • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)

    • Raman Spectroscopy

    • X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

    • Ellipsometry

    • Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)

    • Brunauer-Emmett-Teller Analysis (BET)

    • Screen Printing & Spin Coating

    • Glovebox Synthesis

Research Exchange (2017)

Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK​

Supervisor: Dr. Simon J. Pope

  • I had the honour of being sponsored by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee program to execute a research exchange abroad. I went to Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Dr. Simon Pope. I performed inorganic synthesis for the duration of my exchange. Specifically, I synthesized novel fluorescent ligands and some metal coordination complexes. These were to be used for fluorescence microscopy and biological imaging. Some of the techniques I regularly made use of were:

    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

    • Mass Spectroscopy (MS)

    • Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)

Undergraduate (2014-2015)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON

Supervisor: Dr. Olena V. Zenkina

  • I performed undergraduate research for my undergraduate thesis, and then as a junior laboratory assistant in the Zenkina group. I synthesized a novel ligand, then explored its capabilities as a metal ion sensor in solution and on solid surface supports. The surface sensing part of the project included exposure to nanoparticle synthesis and design. Some techniques I used regularly for this project were:

    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy

    • Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)

    • UV-Visible (UV-Vis) Spectroscopy

    • Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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