Undergraduate Research Projects in Chemistry

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1- LC-MS Proteomics

          Bingyun Sun bingyun_sun@sfu.ca website
We use high-end HPLC and MS systems to characterize a variety of proteins sensitively and accurately for disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Students will work closely with other members in the lab on various projects. Together, the student will assist sample preparation and necessary data analysis. Qualified candidates will have opportunities to be supported for undergraduate fellowship applications and conference travel and presentations. Participants will have good opportunities to learn cutting-edge high throughput proteomics techniques, quantitative analytical skills, and applied biological knowledge. Our lab cultivates both team and independent research experiences, in which each member will interact closely and broadly to other students, and will sharpen problem solving and critical thinking abilities. Students are suggested to participate through courses such as Chem481, Chem482, Chem483, Chem484, or USRA and VPR. Other opportunities are also available via inquiry.

2- Metal-based Anticancer Compounds

          Charles Walsby cwalsby@sfulca website
We are designing and synthesizing new metal complexes that selectively target and kill cancer cells. Our research is multidisciplinary, including synthesis, spectroscopy, and biological studies. My laboratory provides a welcoming and inclusive environment to learn new skills and be part of an active research group. I have positions available for CHEM 481, CHEM 483, and CHEM 484, as well as NSERC USRA applications. Volunteer positions are also very welcome!!! I will be happy to communicate directly by email, or drop by my office (C8072).

3- Coordination Polymers for Materials Applications

          Daniel Leznoff dleznoff@sfu.ca website
Opportunities for CHEM 481-484, Summer NSERC/VPR USRA and other research experiences are available in the Leznoff group - come and get involved with a wide range of projects involving coordination polymers! Coordination polymers are multi-dimensional materials that are held together with metal-ligand bonds, which can be self-assembled – like lego pieces - from judiciously chosen building blocks, and their structures and properties tuned to target a range of applications. Areas of exploration include colour-changing (vapochromic) sensors for toxic gases; light-emitting materials; materials with unusual thermal expansion or contraction properties; highly birefringent or refractive materials for optical applications; and magnetic complexes. You will get hands-on experience and training with lots of cool characterization equipment, including single-crystal X-ray diffraction, fluorescence, IR/Raman spectroscopy and more, depending on the project. Contact dleznoff@sfu.ca or come see me in C9061 for a more detailed research chat!

4- Highly Intense Phthalocyanine Dyes for Materials and Catalysis Applications

          Daniel Leznoff dleznoff@sfu.ca website
Opportunities for CHEM 481-484, Summer NSERC/VPR USRA and other research experiences are available in the Leznoff group - come and get involved with a wide range of projects involving phthalocyanines, the world's most intense dyes! Phthalocyanines also have unique redox properties are very stable. Projects in this area in the Leznoff lab (www.leznoffchemistry.ca) include metal-containing phthalocyanine (PcM) use as catalysts for CO2 electroreduction or synthesis of biodegradable polylactide plastics; organometallic chemistry with PcM from across the periodic table; preparation of rare non-blue/green PcM dyes; and harnessing the redox-active ring system for a range of applications. You will get hands-on experience and training with lots of cool characterization equipment, including single-crystal X-ray diffraction, UV-visible-NIR absorption and fluorescence, MALDI-MS and more, depending on the project. Contact dleznoff@sfu.ca or come see me in C9061 for a more detailed research chat!

 

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