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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 always open to researchers interested in applying to external fellowships. In addition to Canadian funding 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.

Saurabh S. Chitnis

Ph. D. University of Victoria (2015, Neil Burford)
PDF - University of Bristol (2017, Ian Manners)
PDF - University of Toronto (2018, Douglas Stephan)

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2015)
Governor General’s Gold Medal for Doctoral Research (2015)
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)
Dalhousie President's Research Award (2021)
Dalhousie Faculty of Science Killam Research Prize (2023)
CNC-IUPAC Travel Award (2023)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2023)
Full CV here.

Short bio: Saurabh Chitnis obtained his PhD with Neil Burford at the University of Victoria (2015) as an NSERC and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, where his doctoral thesis was recognized with a Governor General’s Gold Medal. He then performed postdoctoral research with Ian Manners at the University of Bristol as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) and later with Doug Stephan at the University of Toronto (2017-2018). He started his independent career in main group chemistry at Dalhousie University in July 2018, where in 2023 he received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. He has been profiled in Chemical Communications as an Emerging Investigators (2020) and in Dalton Transaction as a New Talents (2020). More recently, he recieved the Dalhousie Faculty of Science Killam Prize (2023), the CNC-IUPAC Travel Award (2023), and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2023). In his free time, Saurabh enjoys exploring the coastline of Atlantic Canada with his partner and pretending that he is a master chef, despite evidence to the contrary.

Current group:

  • Maryam F. Abdollahi (Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • Michael Land (Postdoctoral Researcher)
  • Joseph Bedard (PhD Student)
  • Tyler Hannah (PhD Student)
  • Will Howlett (PhD Student)
  • Tamina Kirsch (MSc Student)
  • Soleil Campbell (Undergraduate Summer Researcher)
  • Arjun Mane (Undergraduate Summer Researcher)
  • Jincheng Ren (Undergraduate Summer Researcher)




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