Group Members


"The difficult we do immediately.... the impossible takes a little bit longer."

Matt Adams
MSc student
Matt is from the South Shore of Nova Scotia, and completed his honours project in the Speed group in 2015-2016, making infeasible reactions feasible. Matt is continuing in the Speed group as a MSc student, studying reductive catalysis mediated by phosphorus centred heterocycles.

Alex Gatien
Joint MSc Student
Alex is from the west coast of Canada, and is a joint student working with Stradiotto group and our group. Alex is engaged in a collaborative project between our two groups combining main group chemistry and organometallic catalysis.

Blake Huchenski
MSc student
Blake is from Northern Ontario/Dartmouth, and graduated with a BSc from Dalhousie University in 2015. He was a research associate in the Speed group for a year before continuing in the Speed group as a MSc student. Blake developed the first examples of BAC carbene borane adducts.

Chieh Hung Tien
MSc student
Tien is from Taiwan, and completed his honours project in the Speed research group in 2015-2016 studying catalysis of magnesium insertion into "impossible" substrates. Tien is continuing in the Speed group as a MSc student, studying the synthesis of new classes of heterocycles as catalysts for use as amphoteric main group catalysts.

Lani Roy

Experiential Learning Student
Lani is from New Brunswick, and is in the last year of her undergrad degree at Dal. She is exploring hydride transfer reactions from carbon centres to main group centres.

Erin Welsh
Honours Student
Erin is from Labrador, and spent her summer working on the synthesis of new types of chiral controllers. In her fourth year undergraduate honours project she is studying how these controllers can be incorporated into molecules of interest.

Past Students

Michael Charlton 2016-2017
Michael was a volunteer in the Speed group, fittingly examining the chemistry of Michael acceptors. Michael stayed on in the Speed group for an honours project, and studied halogenation and haloalkylation reactions. Michael is currently pursuing further studies at Dalhousie.

Cheyenne Christopherson 2016-2017
Cheyenne was an experiential learning student in the Speed research group. Cheyenne stayed on in the Speed group for an honours project, and studied the addition of carbenes to main group centres. Cheyenne is currently pursuing further studies at the University of British Columbia.

Kristen Giffen 2016-2017
Kristen studied activation of polarizable molecules at main group centres for her honours project. Kristen is currently pursuing further studies at the University of Toronto.

Mostafa Hagar 2017
Mostafa studied some interesting transition metal complexes for atom transfer reactions during a summer research project. Mostafa is currently pursuing further studies at the University of British Columbia.

Toren Hynes 2017
Toren was a USRA summer student who studied applications of diazaphospholene catalysts, and synthesized some interesting substrates whose chemistry will be disclosed soon!

Dianne Lee 2016-2017
Dianne studied the use of alternative counterions for borenium cation catalysis for her undergraduate honours project. Dianne is currently pursuing further studies at Queen's University. 

Olexiy (Alex) Rusalovs'ky 2015 
Alex studied the synthesis of modified Grignard reagents by manipulating Schlenk equilibria of pseudohalide salts during a summer research project.