December 2019

Researchers in our group gain hands-on experience in synthetic inorganic chemistry and catalysis, including the use of Schlenk and high-vacuum lines, dryboxes, NMR/Mass/IR/Raman spectroscopy techniques, X-ray crystallography, and electrochemistry. In addition, group members are part of a department that boasts internationally-recognized experts in computational chemistry, catalysis, and battery technology. If you are interested in joining us for undergraduate or graduate research, please contact Saurabh via e-mail.

We are also seeking postdoctoral researchers with intentions of applying for fellowships to join us. In addition to external sources (e.g. NSERC, Banting, etc.), Dalhousie also offers the prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships for outstanding candidates to undertake two years of research.

If you are considering joining us for your graduate studies, click here to find the necessary information about important dates and the numerous funding opportunities offered by the university.

Information about group members is given below:

Principal Investigator

Saurabh S. Chitnis

Assistant Professor

Ph. D. University of Victoria (2015, Neil Burford)
PDF - University of Bristol (2017, Ian Manners)
PDF - University of Toronto (2018, Douglas Stephan)
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011)
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2015)
Governor General’s Gold Medal for Doctoral Research (2015)
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)

Graduate Students

Marcus Kindervater
B.Sc. Mt. Allison University

M.Sc. Student

My name is Marcus Kindervater and I am from Amherst, NS. Most recently I was a resident of Sackville, NB where I graduated from Mount Allison University with a BSc Honours in Chemistry. In August 2018 I am starting research with the Chitnis group at Dalhousie University in hopes of completing an MSc Chemistry program. My interests include the culinary arts, basketball and card games with friends.

Katherine Marczenko
M.Sc. McMaster University

Ph.D. Student

I was born in Toronto, ON and I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Guelph and my M.Sc. at McMaster University in noble-gas and fluorine chemistry. I am very excited to start my Ph.D. in this Chitnis lab this September. Outside the lab, you can find me hanging out with my two bengal cats, playing the piano, or exploring nature!

Joseph Bedard
M.Sc. Ryerson University

Ph.D. Student

I was born and raised in Toronto, ON and completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. research at Ryerson University on designing phosphonium molecules for use as antimicrobial agents. In January 2020, I moved to Halifax to join the Chitnis Lab to start my Ph.D., studying the chemistry of cationic cages and clusters. When not in the lab, I enjoy hikes, long walks on the beach (actually true) and playing sports at a pro-level (not quite true).

Undergraduate Students

Toren Hynes
Honours Project Student

Josh MacMillan
Honours Project Student

Sam Jee

Nick Roberts

Nick Murphy

Junyi Liu


Chloe Louise-Johnson
Honours Student 2018/2019
Currently at University of Bath, UK