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Research Team

Graduate Students

Rachele Carafa

Rachele Carafa

PhD Student

Education: MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2021)

BSc Chemistry Co-op, Toronto Metropolitan University (2019)

Rachele previously did her master's under the supervision of Dr. Foucher and Dr. McWilliams, with a thesis focused on preparing new polystyrenic onium and substituted thionylphosphazene antimicrobials for hospital settings. For her doctoral studies, she will now be exploring the functionalization of lignin products to make sustainable resins in collaboration with Dr. Sacripante. When not in the lab, Rachele is an avid theatregoer (both concerts and musicals) who can often be found solving puzzles in an escape room with friends or virtually escaping to her island paradise in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

rachele.carafa@ryerson.ca

 

Nicola Piccolo

Nicola Piccolo

MSc Candidate

Education: BSc Chemistry, Queen's University (2020)

Nicola's research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of ferrocenyl stannanes containing carbon and nitrogen chelating ligands with the Foucher group in collaboration with Dr. Sacripante. In his free time, Nicola enjoys playing and watching soccer, watching The Office, working on cars, and the occasional track day.

nicola.piccolo@ryerson.ca

Research Associates

Liam Brennan
Liam Brennan

Education: BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2022)

Liam previously did his undergraduate thesis with Dr. Foucher on the synthesis, application, and evaluation of quaternary ammonium compounds for their potential use as antimicrobial coatings in clinical settings. He will be continuing that work as a research associate, working towards the electrophoretic deposition of quaternary onium antimicrobials on various metal surfaces. Liam is a proud blood donor and enjoys bringing friends to participate with him.

liam.brennan@ryerson.ca

Dr. Daniel Foucher

Dr. Daniel Foucher

Professor

Education: PhD Chemistry (University of Toronto, 1994)

MSc Chemistry (Queen's University, 1990)

BSc Chemistry (Queen's University, 1987) 

Awards: 2018 Dean's Service Award (Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science)

  • 75+ Publications
  • 51+ Issued US Patents
  • 15+ US Patent Applications

Daniel Foucher completed his undergraduate degree at Queen's University in 1987 and joined the Macartney group later that same year as a masters student. His master’s thesis, completed in 1990, focused on the ligand substitution and electron transfer reactions of pentacyanoferrate-ligand complexes. He joined Ian Manners at the University of Toronto that same year for doctoral studies, and his PhD dissertation involved two research foci: the first was the preparation and polymerization behaviour of novel strained borasiloxane monomers, and the second was the synthesis and thermal polymerization behaviour of strained ferrocenylsilanes and ferrocenylgermane systems. The latter project was the first example of electrochemically active, tuneable, soluble high molecular weight film forming organometallic polymers. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 and spent an additional year of postdoctoral studies with the Manners group before joining the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in 1995 as a research scientist. At Xerox, he worked on water dispersible sulphonated polyester resins for emulsion aggregation toners, low cost polyester resins, and photopolymerizable polymers as masks for inkjet printheads. After leaving Xerox in 2001, he joined the Yazaki Technical Centre in California, working on matched refractive index UV curable coatings for fiber optic networks. He returned to Canada in 2003, taking the position as an R&D and Quality Control Manager at Chemque, a specialty urethane manufacturer. In late 2007, he returned to academia as an assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and was tenured in 2010. His current research is focused on the preparation of light and moisture stable polystannanes as well as self-assembled quaternary ammonium and phosphonium materials as antimicrobial agents. 

Email: daniel.foucher@ryerson.ca

Foucher Group Alumni

Graduate

Gloria D'Amaral

Gloria D'Amaral

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2021)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2018)

Current: PhD Candidate in Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Windsor

gloria.damaral@ryerson.ca

Joseph Bedard

Joseph Bedard

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2020)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2017)

Current: PhD Candidate in Chemistry at Dalhousie University

joseph.bedard@ryerson.ca

Jeffrey Pau

Jeffrey Pau

PhD Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2020)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2015)

Current: Hardware Verification Specialist at SCIEX

j2pau@ryerson.ca

Rachel Shum

Rachel Shum

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2019)

BSc Chemistry Co-op, McMaster University (2017)

Current: PhD Candidate in Chemistry at Queen's University

rshum@ryerson.ca

Julie Loungxay

Julie Loungxay

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2019)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2016)

Current: Inside Account Manager at ACD/Labs

jloungxa@ryerson.ca

Alexander Caschera

Alexander Caschera

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2018)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2015)

Current: Chemist at Evoco Ltd.

alexander.caschera@ryerson.ca

Desiree Bender

Desiree Bender

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2018)*

BSc Chemistry, Western University (2016)

Current: PhD Candidate in Chemistry at Queen's University

desiree.bender@ryerson.ca

*Co-supervised with Dr. Robert Gossage

Kamlesh Mistry

Kamlesh Mistry

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2016)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2011)

Current: Quality Associate at Attix Pharmaceuticals

kamlesh.mistry@ryerson.ca

Shane Harrypersad

Shane Harrypersad

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2015)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2013)

Current: Senior Scientist at Bold Therapeutics Inc.

shane.harrypersad@ryerson.ca

Dariush Firouzi

PhD Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University (2014)*

MSc Mechanical Engineering, Eastern Mediterranean University (2007)

BSc Materials Engineering, Shiraz University (2005)

Current: Plant Manager at RONCO SAFETY

*Co-supervised with Dr. Habiba Bougherara

Justin Kosalka

MASc Environmental Applied Science and Management, Toronto Metropolitan University (2014)*

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2011)

Current: Senior Manager of Operations and Business Development at Diteba

jkosalka@ryerson.ca

*Co-supervised with Dr. Robert Gossage

Yee-Yue Grace Luk

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2014)*

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2011)

Current: 

y4luk@ryerson.ca

*Co-supervised with Dr. Robert Gossage

Aman Khan

PhD Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2014)

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2010)*

Current: Senior Quality Control Chemist at Apotex

aman.khan@ryerson.ca

*Co-supervised with Dr. Robert Gossage

Lukasz Porosa

PhD Environmental Applied Science and Management, Toronto Metropolitan University (2014)*

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2008)

BSc Applied Chemistry and Biology, Toronto Metropolitan University (2006)

Current: R&D Director, Chief Chemist at ViaClean Technologies LLC

lporosa8@gmail.com

*Co-supervised with Dr. Gideon Wolfaardt

Jonathan Ward

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2013)

BSc Chemistry, Toronto Metropolitan University (2010)

Current: 

jonward1234@gmail.com

Damion Miles

MSc Molecular Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (2010)

BSc Applied Chemistry and Biology, Toronto Metropolitan University (2008)

Current: Environmental Chemist at CH2M Hill

damion.miles@hotmail.com

Undergraduate Thesis Students

BSc Thesis Student Year
Liam Brennan 2020-2021
Kaitlyn Silverthorne 2020-2021
Noah King 2019-2020
Mokhamed Ranne 2019-2020
Susanna Vu 2019-2020
Ashnie Badal 2018-2019
Jung-Won (David) Choi 2018-2019
Gloria D'Amaral 2017-2018
Kristy Halnan 2017-2018
Joseph Bedard 2016-2017
Jasveer Dhindsa 2016-2017
Julie Loungxay 2015-2016
William Scannell 2015-2016
Alexander Caschera 2014-2015
Brad Jacobs 2014-2015
Jeffrey Pau 2014-2015
Arash Shakeri 2013-2014
Tamara Al-Faouri 2012-2013
Hellen Deng 2012-2013
Shane Harrypersad 2012-2013
Aagam Patel 2012-2013
Amanda Mocella 2011-2012
Shayan Hamzehi 2010-2011
Laura Liao 2010-2011
Katie Lyashkevich 2010-2011
Kamlesh Mistry 2010-2011
Sarah Komejan 2009-2010
Patricia Stanescu 2009-2010
Jonathan Ward 2009-2010

Associates, Volunteers, & PDFs

Name Status Year
Dr. Gregory Hodgson PDF S2021
Dr. Tarunpreet Virk PDF F2020-S2021
Alexander Caschera Research Associate F2018-S2021
Kaitlyn Silverthorne Volunteer S2019-S2020
Jada Wright Volunteer S2019-F2019
Annaelle Venaud Visiting Researcher S2019
Siobhan Liu Volunteer W2019-W2020
Alston Co-op Student W2019
Katelyn Co-op Student F2018
Ashnie Badal Volunteer W2018
Sidra Sabagh Volunteer F2016-W2017
Jasveer Dhindsa Volunteer F2015-W2016
William Scannell Volunteer S2015
Malek El-Aooiti Volunteer W2015
Kathleen May Volunteer W2015
Dr. Aman Khan PDF S2014-W2015
Foucher Group 2021-2022
Group Photo 2021-2022

Nicola, Alex, Dr. Foucher, Rachele & Liam

Foucher Group 2020-2021
Group Photo 2020-2021

Tarun, Nicola, Rachele, Kaitlyn, Alex & Liam

Foucher Group 2019-2020
Group Photo 2019-2020

Back: Dr. Foucher, Rachele, Alex, Noah, Mokha & Joe

Front: Jeff, Jada, Kaitlyn, Gloria & Susanna

Foucher Group 2018-2019
Group Photo 2018-2019

Back: Rachel, Alex, Dr. Foucher, Joe & David

Front: Jeff, Gloria & Ashnie

Foucher Group 2017-2018
Group Photo 2017-2018

Back: Lukasz, Joe, Alex, Kristy, Rachel & Dr. Foucher

Front: Jeff, Julie, Gloria & Des

Foucher Group 2015-2016
Group Photo 2015-2016

Back: Dr. Foucher, Jasveer, Shane, Alex & Aman

Front: Julie & Jeff

Foucher Group 2013-2014
Group Photo 2013-2014

Back: Dr. Foucher, Arash, Alex, Aman, Kamlesh & Shane

Front: Jeff & Dr. McWilliams