April 8, 2024

The group attends the solar eclipse viewing event organized by the Physics Department. Such a cool experience!

image credit: Stephen Tatarchuk
image credit: Austin Pounder
image credit: Stephen Tatarchuk
image credit: Austin Pounder

March 21, 2024

Our 41st Annual Undergraduate Awards Night was a success! More than 120 attendees came together to celebrate the achievements of students in the Department of Chemistry. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients, including our own Alex MacKay and Olivia Parker!

November 15, 2023

Leanne and Rui take Prof. Erin Leitao out to dinner. Erin is visiting our Department and giving a talk on her work in synthesizing sustainable materials. Welcome, Erin!

November 4, 2023

The group goes out to lunch while attending the Waterloo Symposium on Chemical Physics! Leanne gives an invited talk, while Brendan and Stephen present posters on ammonia oxidation and urea oxidation. Thanks to the organizers for a great conference!

October 30, 2023

Many congratulations to Dr. Kayla Snyder on a successful thesis defense! Kayla originally started her PhD work under the guidance of the late Prof. Paul Rowntree in 2018, and has been continuing her investigations on infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy jointly with Prof. Dan Thomas and our group since 2020. We wish her the best in her future endeavours!

June 9, 2023

We had a great time catching up with friends and colleagues at our “Theory Guided Discovery of Energy Materials” Symposium this year. A special congratulations to all the student presentation prize recipients!

May 5, 2023

The (GWC)2 held the annual award ceremony for our graduate students. Many congratulations to the nominees, recipients, and our own Stephen Tatarchuk for receiving the R. H. F. Manske Prize!

image credit: Jen Murphy

March 25, 2023

Alex MacKay attended SOUSCC51, hosted by Trent University, along with fellow undergraduate students from the University of Guelph. Great work to all, and a special congratulations to the Award Winners!

November 6, 2022

Our group attended the 36th Symposium on Chemical Physics at the University of Waterloo: Rachelle gave a Contributed Talk, while Stephen and Shayne each gave a Poster Presentation. Many thanks to the Organizers for a great meeting! We look forward to the next installment.

September 15, 2022

Leanne gave an Invited Talk at the Catalysis and Modelling Symposium in Denmark. Many former colleagues and friends gathered from across the world to celebrate Professor Jens K. Nørskov’s 70th birthday, whose career spans more than four decades in the field of catalysis. Happy birthday, Jens!

July 9, 2022

Leanne and Rachelle had a very productive summer conference season at CSTCC and WATOC. It was so great to connect with the Canadian theoretical and computational chemistry community, and the views were quite spectacular. Check out these photos!

June 21, 2022

Congratulations to Leanne for receiving the CEPS Assistant Professor Research Excellence Award! Thank you to the Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences for all the support. Congratulations to all the award recipients this year!

June 18, 2022

What a week at CCCE 2022! Stephen gave his first in-person conference presentation. Rachelle served as a Poster Judge for the Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry Division and received one of three De Gruyter Book Prizes in our Symposium. Leanne organized the Theory Guided Discovery of Energy Materials Symposium together with Sasha Voznyy, Chaired two Sessions, and gave an Invited Talk. Now, time for some well-deserved rest.

June 1, 2022

We welcome Shayne Johnston to our group in his new role as a Graduate Researcher!

May 6, 2022

Congratulations to Austin for receiving the Charles S. Humphrey Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry! In fact, he has received this (GWC)2 fellowship for two consecutive years now. Great achievement, Austin!

May 2, 2022

We welcome Undergraduate Researchers Alexander MacKay and Xinrun Liu to the group!

April 11, 2022

Congratulations to the Electrochemical Technology Centre team, comprising Drs. A. Chen, L. Chen, J. Dutcher, and J. Lipkowski, for securing an NSERC RTI grant!

April 6, 2022

Many congratulations to Stephen Tatarchuk for receiving a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)!

December 14, 2021

CEL@Guelph hosts the first annual Holiday Board Game Night! Many secret identities were assumed. Congratulations to Rachelle and Stephen as the False Commander and Assassin for successfully assassinating the (real) Commander and securing the win!

November 19, 2021

Austin, Kayla, and Stephen give talks at the 24th Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Research Conference. Congratulations to Stephen and Kayla for winning Best Presentation in Computational Chemistry and Top Eight in Shotgun Presentations, respectively!

November 15, 2021

Prof. Leanne Chen chairs the Fundamentals of Catalysis and Surface Science Virtual Session with Prof. Seoin Back. Well done to the presenters and thank you all for the enlightening discussions!

October 26, 2021

Rachelle gives a talk in the Electrocatalysis and Photocatalysis session at CCEC 2021 on our recently accepted article elucidating the mechanism of AOR. She will also host the Computational Catalysis, Chemical Kinetics, and Machine Learning session tomorrow, featuring Invited Speakers (and fellow SUNCAT alumni) Lars Grabow and Hongliang Xin!

September 9, 2021

We welcome Shayne Johnston to the group as an Undergraduate Researcher!

August 26, 2021

Rounding out a constructive summer, Rachelle gives a talk at the ACS Fall Meeting.

August 19, 2021

Rachelle and Stephen present their posters at the SUNCAT Summer Institute. What better way to spend a week than learning all about catalysis from eminent scientists in our field? Thank you to the organizers, Prof. Thomas Jaramillo, Dr. Frank Abild-Pedersen, Dr. Kirsten T. Winther, Dr. Adam C. Nielander, and Dr. Michaela Burke Stevens, for putting together such an outstanding event!

August 12, 2021

Despite the summer heat, Stephen and Rachelle spend a very productive three days at the Materials Project Workshop.

July 16, 2021

Happening next week: Virtual Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in Canada (VSTC3). Check out the program here, featuring talks by our own Rachelle and Stephen!

July 15, 2021

We welcome Graduate Researcher Austin Pounder to the group!

June 18, 2021

Leanne gives an Invited Seminar as a part of the 2021 ETC-ECS Student Chapter Speaker Series! The event is organized by the ETC-ECS Student Chapter and has previously been featured in the Electrochemical Society quarterly magazine Interface as the ECS Guelph Young Researcher Symposium.

June 15, 2021

Two conference announcements:

The Virtual Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in Canada (VSTC3), sponsored by the Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists (CATC), will be held July 19–23, 2021 and will focus on contributions from students and postdoctoral fellows. Please consider submitting an abstract here.

The Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CCEC) is scheduled for October 24–27, 2021 in Montréal. Please consider submitting an abstract to the Computational Catalysis, Chemical Kinetics, and Machine Learning session; the confirmed invited speakers are Hongliang Xin from Virginia Tech and Lars Grabow from the University of Houston. More details about this session and related sessions in the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering track can be found on the conference programming page.

June 1, 2021

Leanne chats with CEPS Research Communications Officer Dr. Keriann McGoogan and answers a few questions about our research program in a new Faculty Q&A Series. Check out the article here!

May 31, 2021

Leanne is awarded a two-year Exploration grant from the New Frontiers in Research Fund as the Nominated Principal Investigator! We are very excited to embark on this high-risk and high-reward project involving the research teams of Prof. Jeffery Wood at the University of Twente (NL) and Prof. Anna Klinkova at the University of Waterloo, as well as representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. For more details, check out the article published by U of G News.

May 15, 2021

Leanne gives an Invited Seminar at the ECS Canada Section Spring Meeting. Many thanks to Prof. Sabine Kuss and Prof. Christian Kuss for organizing the meeting and the invitation to speak!

May 1, 2021

Rachelle will continue her PDF appointment in our research group! We are very excited about our ongoing collaboration with the Klinkova Lab to work on the upcycling of nitrogenous wastes.

April 1, 2021

Leanne visits the Department of Chemistry at York University virtually and gives an Invited Seminar. Thank you to Prof. Toby Zeng for being a fantastic host!

March 22, 2021

The Department of Chemistry hosts the 38th Undergraduate Awards Night! Congratulations to all the Award Recipients, and thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

March 8, 2021

We look forward to welcoming Stephen Tatarchuk as a Graduate Researcher in Fall 2021!

February 9, 2021

Leanne gives an invited PTC Virtual Seminar. A big thank you to Prof. Chris Rowley for hosting the talk!

January 11, 2021

Welcome to our newest Undergraduate Researcher, Alexander Sweett!

December 10, 2020

Congratulations to all the Undergraduate Researchers for finishing on a strong note! Thank you for all your hard work in making Fall 2020 an excellent semester.

December 7, 2020

Our first manuscript in collaboration with the Tam Group has just been accepted for publication in ACS Omega. Well done and congratulations to the lead author on this study, Austin Pounder!

November 20, 2020

Siobhan receives the award for “Best Oral Presentation in Computational Chemistry” at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Research Conference, held virtually this year. Congratulations, Siobhan!

October 26, 2020

Stephen Tatarchuk from the Klinkova Lab at the University of Waterloo presents our collaborative work on the inductive effects in Co-doped Ni(OH)2 electronic structure facilitating urea electrooxidation at the (virtual) Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. Nice work, Stephen!

October 21, 2020

Leanne gives back-to-back invited seminars at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo on improving the theoretical description of the electrochemical double-layer. Many thanks to Prof. Mark Wilson and Prof. Liz Meiering for hosting and organizing these events!

October 16, 2020

Leanne speaks about the environmental challenges represented by the element air on the “Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Elements of a Sustainable Future” Discussion Panel for CEPS Graduate Student Research Day!

September 10, 2020

We welcome new Undergraduate Researchers Cassie, Fiona, Katrina, Krish, Laura, Lindsey, Megan, Mirna, and Taylor, and new Graduate Researchers Lina and Siobhan! Wishing everyone a productive Fall Semester.

June 18, 2020

A big congratulations to Leanne for being awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant! It was a great year for our Department and the University: read the official news release here.

June 1, 2020

Dr. Rachelle Choueiri joins the group as a Postdoctoral Fellow!

May 4, 2020

Welcome to our newest Undergraduate Researchers, Siobhan Liu and Chelsea D’Cruz!

April 17, 2020

Leanne is featured in the University’s Earth Day 2020 Newsletter, check it out here.

March 10, 2020

Leanne visits the Department of Chemistry at Waterloo and gives an invited theory seminar. A big thank you to her faculty hosts Prof. P-N Roy and Prof. Marcel Nooijen! Great discussions were had all around with computational and experimental researchers.

March 4, 2020

It only happens every six years—CSTCC 2020 and WATOC 2020 are back-to-back this summer in beautiful British Columbia. Check out the just-released Invited Speaker Roster for CSTCC, where you will find superstars like Alán Aspuru-Guzik and Erin Johnson along with young(er) researchers at the start of their careers (including Leanne herself).

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! It will be another exciting one with lots of travelling. Catch Leanne at the upcoming Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE) in Winnipeg (May 24–28) and Canadian Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (CSTCC) in Kelowna (August 10–14) as an Invited Speaker. Leanne will also serve as a Session Chair at the Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) in Vancouver (August 16–21) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting (AIChE) in San Francisco (November 15–20).

October 30, 2019

Our manuscript on elucidating the double layer charging effects for Au-catalyzed CO2 reduction has just been accepted for publication in Nature Communications! Congratulations to all involved!

October 29, 2019

It's Recruitment Season at the (GWC)2! Here Leanne is engaged in discussion with the University of Waterloo's Prof. Klinkova.

October 11, 2019

Leanne gives an invited talk to the Yoo Group at the University of Seoul in South Korea. A big thank you to Jong Suk for hosting the visit!

October 8, 2019

Leanne visits the Multiscale Design Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and gives an invited talk. Thanks to Dr. Stefan Ringe and Prof. Hyungjun Kim for being fantastic hosts!

August 22, 2019

Leanne gives an invited talk at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Many thanks to the Quantum Simulations Group for the stimulating discussions!

August 19, 2019

Leanne reconnects with a former colleague from graduate school! She gives an invited talk to the Materials Discovery Team on her visit to the Toyota Research Institute in Los Altos, California.