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.

Mostafa Hagar
Summer Student
Mostafa is from Halifax, and is very near the end of his BSc at Dal. He is finishing up his time here with a short stint in the Speed group getting introduced to organometallic chemistry with iridium complexes.

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.

Toren Hynes
Summer Student
Toren is from the eastern shore, and is making some really cool substrates for mysterious reactions as part of his summer NSERC USRA project.

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.

Erin Welsh
Summer student
Erin is from Labrador, and is a summer student working on reactions catalyzed by amphoteric heterocycles.

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.

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.

Kristen Giffen 2016-2017
Kristen studied activation of polarizable molecules at main group centres for her honours project.

Dianne Lee 2016-2017
Dianne studied the use of alternative counterions for borenium cation catalysis for her honours project.

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.