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Molecular & Macromolecular Main Group Chemistry


We are a group that started at Dalhousie University in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 2018. We are driven by the beauty inherent within structural chemistry and by the functionality that emerges from interesting geometries. In seeking to explain why certain structures appear pleasing, we discover fundamental insights and develop applications for main group compounds as new catalysts and materials.

Latest News

May 2023

> Saurabh has been selected as the Professor of the Year by the Dalhousie University Undergraduate Chemistry Society for 2022-2023!

> Recent graduate Toren Hynes has won the Governor General's Gold Medal for his MSc work in our group! This medal is handed out to a single MSc graduate across all Science departments at Dal.

> A busy month for us! We welcome undergraduate researchers Soleil Campbell (NSERC USRA), Jincheng Ren (Faye Sobey Award), Arjun Mane (MITACS Globalink Research Intern from India). And we also welcome new graduate students Will Howlett (PhD), Tamina Kirsch (MSc, MITACS Globalink Research Fellow from Germany), and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Michael Land (NSERC PDF)!

April 2023

> Tyler presented his work at the Dalton 2023 Conference in Coventry in the Main Group section.

> Saurabh presented the group's work at the Dalton 2023 Conference in Coventry as a plenary speaker.

> Saurabh presented the group's work at the University of Birmingham.

> Honours students Maxwell and Mitchell defended their thesis - congratulations to you both and best of luck!

March 2023

> MSc student Tyler Hannah's latest project - a collaboration with Chris Kozak (Memorial U) and Jason Masuda (St. Mary's U) - has been accepted as a full paper in Chem. Sci.! See publications page for details.

> PhD student Joe Bedard's latest project - a collaboration with Rebecca Musgrave (King's College London) - has been accepted as a full paper in J. Am. Chem. Soc.! See publications page for details.

> Together with the Nazemi group (UQAM) and Laventure group (UdeM), we have been awarded a 3-year NSERC-FRQNT Nova Grant to explore the fundamental applied aspects of phosphorus-nitrogen cage dense materials.

February 2023

> Saurabh has been awarded an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship. Details: Awarded to approximately 20 early career researchers in Chemistry "in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field."

> Saurabh has been awarded the Faculty of Science Killam Prize for 2023. Details: One prize is awarded annually to enhance the careers of "the most promising scientists in the Faculty of Science who have obtained their doctorate within the preceding eleven years. The winners must demonstrate exceptional research ability through their contributions to scientific knowledge. "

January 2023

> We bid a fond farewell to our postdoctoral researcher Dr. Mohsen Shayan, who is moving to Ontario to work in industry. Best of luck Mohsen!

> Saurabh has been awarded a CNC-IUPAC Travel Award for 2023. Details: The purpose of these awards is to help Canadian chemists who have gained their PhD in the last 10 years, and are currently working at a Canadian institution to increase their international exposure by presenting a paper at an IUPAC-sponsored conference. The assessment criteria include "evidence of an independent research program, a publication record of high quality, and the ability to attract research funding (internal and external)."

> We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher! Details here. Position has been filled

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