Professor Julian Chan
Principal Investigator
Dr. Chan is the group leader of the Organic Materials Lab. He earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2010. After a series of appointments at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Berkeley, and IBM Almaden Research Center, Dr. Chan joined the University of Ottawa in 2015. His current research program aims to synthesize novel functional materials for applications in optoelectronics, energy conversion and storage, and nanomedicine.
Prabhat Gautam
Postdoctoral Fellow
Prabhat joined us as a postdoctoral fellow in Jan 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (2016) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore, where he carried out research on donor-acceptor π-conjugated molecules for organic solar cells. He has published numerous papers in high-impact journals. Prabhat is currently working on novel organic fluorophores and semiconductors.
Guoxian Zhang
Ph.D. Student
Guoxian received his M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry in 2013 from Sun Yat-Sen University, a top 15 institution in China. After graduation, he joined SuperD Co. Ltd. and single-handedly established their new synthetic chemistry lab from scratch. During his 2 years at SuperD, Guoxian invented and patented high-birefringence liquid crystals for 3D optical displays. He joined us as a Ph.D. student in March 2016, supported by a competitive International Tuition Scholarship.
Craig Yu
M.Sc. Student
Craig joined us in June 2016 after finishing his B.Sc. Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He possesses research experience in computational and synthetic chemistry, which included a two-month stint at the University of Szeged in Hungary.
Victoria Hillier
Undergraduate Researcher
Victoria is a 3rd-year student working on her B.Sc in Chemistry. She joined us as a volunteer in May 2017 and wishes to pursue graduate studies in organic chemistry in the future.
Dillon Dong
Undergraduate Researcher
Dillon is a 4th-year student working on his degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. He joined us for an Honours project in Sep 2017 and is currently working on the synthesis of functional polymers.
Harold Lu
Undergraduate Researcher
Harold is a 4th-year undergraduate majoring in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. He joined us in Sep 2017 to do an Honours project and is synthesizing new π-conjugated fluorescent dyes for bio-imaging applications.

Former Members

Thomas Brossier
Visiting Researcher
Thomas came to us from France as a visiting researcher from April – Sep 2016. During his time here, he designed and synthesized a wide range of π-conjugated oligomers for water-splitting applications. He is now back in Paris to resume his graduate studies in Chemistry at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI).
Janire Matas
Visiting Researcher
Janire came to us from Spain as a visiting researcher from Jan – July 2017. She obtained her B.Sc. Chemistry (2014) and M.Sc. in Materials Science (2015) from the University of the Basque Country.
Étienne Rhéaume
Undergraduate Researcher
Étienne was a Chemistry major who volunteered in our lab from Aug 2015 to May 2016, and subsequently did an NSERC USRA with us until the end of Aug 2016.
Tarunpreet Singh Virk
Postdoctoral Fellow
Tarun was here from Nov 2015 to Oct 2016. His project involved designing deep-blue organic luminogens that exhibit crystallization-induced emission enhancement.