Group Members




December 2017

Current Students: 

Matt Adams 2015-2018
BSc and MSc Graduate
Matt is from the South Shore of Nova Scotia, and completed his fourth year undergraduate honours project in the Speed group in 2015-2016, developing diazaphospholene precatalysts, and showing their use in imine reductions and conjugate reductions. Matt continued in the Speed group as an MSc student, and developed the first examples of asymmetric reductions using chiral diazaphospholenes, defending his MSc in March 2018.

Adam Beckett
Incoming MSc Student
Coming soon!

Alex Gatien
Joint MSc Student
Alex is from the west coast of Canada, and obtained his BSc from UBC. He is a joint student working with the 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. Blake will transfer into the PhD program, continuing development of new types of BAC complex.

Toren Hynes 
Summer Student
Toren was a USRA summer student in 2017 who studied applications of diazaphospholene catalysts and discovered that our diazaphospholene catalysts dearomatize certain pyridines. Toren is back in 2018 supported by a Sobey scholarship, studying asymmetric catalysis.

John Robinson
Summer Student
John is a summer student who is working to apply diazaphospholene catalysis to total synthesis of bioactive molecules as part of the Bioactives CREATE program.

Erin Welsh
Honours Student and Incoming MSc Student
Erin is from Labrador, and spent her summer and honours project working on the synthesis of new types of chiral controllers. Erin is continuing in the Speed group as an MSc student.


Past Students

Michael Charlton 2016-2017
Michael was a summer volunteer in the Speed group, fittingly examining the chemistry of Michael acceptors. Michael stayed on in the Speed group for a fourth year undergraduate honours project, and studied halogenation and haloalkylation reactions. Michael is currently pursuing an MSc in the Obrovac group at Dalhousie University.

Cheyenne Christopherson 2016-2017
Cheyenne was an experiential learning student in her third year of undergraduate studies. Cheyenne stayed on in the Speed group for a fourth year undergraduate honours project, and studied the addition of carbenes to main group centres. Cheyenne is currently pursuing a PhD in the Hudson group at the University of British Columbia.

Kristen Giffen 2016-2017
Kristen studied activation of polarizable molecules at main group centres for her fourth year undergraduate honours project. Kristen is currently pursuing a pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto.

Mostafa Hagar 2017
Mostafa studied some interesting transition metal complexes for atom transfer reactions during a summer research project following obtaining his BSc from Dalhousie. Mostafa is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the Ryan group at the University of British Columbia.

Dianne Lee 2016-2017
Dianne studied the use of alternative counterions for borenium cation catalysis for her fourth year undergraduate honours project. Dianne is currently pursuing an MSc in the Crudden group at Queen's University. 

Lani Roy 2017
Lani was an experiential learning student in the final semester of her undergraduate degree. She explored hydride transfer reactions from carbon and silicon to phosphorus, and catalytic dehydrogenation reactions. Lani is currently pursuing an MSc in food sciences at Dalhousie University.

Olexiy (Alex) Rusalovs'ky 2015 
Alex was a visiting summer student from the University of Ottawa, who studied the synthesis of modified Grignard reagents by manipulating Schlenk equilibria of pseudohalide salts during a summer research project. Alex is currently pursuing a pharmacy degree at Dalhousie University.

Chieh Hung Tien 2015-2018
BSc and MSc Graduate
Tien is from Taiwan, and completed his fourth year undergraduate honours project in the Speed research group in 2015-2016 studying catalysis of magnesium insertion into "impossible" substrates. Tien continued in the Speed group as a MSc student, both making contributions to our diazaphospholene chemistry, and pioneering the development of triazaphospholenes, including the first examples of phosphenium catalyzed hydroboration. Tien defended his MSc in March 2018, and his next stop is the PhD program at the university of Toronto.