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Current Group

Summer 2018 (L to R):  Sean, Ludwig, Tom B., Mykhaylo, Woo, Pegah, Summer, Delaram, Parisa, Negar.

The Group Leader


Tom K. Woo, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry


Tom earned a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Calgary under the supervision of famed theoretical chemist Tom Ziegler in 1998. His Ph.D. thesis won the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award for Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering (only 1 awarded per year).  He was then awarded a prestigious NSERC Post-doctoral fellowship where he worked at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, with Prof. Röthlisberger and van Gunsteren 1998-1999. Following that Tom became an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario from 2000-2005 where he was awarded the Premier’s Research Excellence (early career) Award and various undergraduate Teaching honours. In late 2005, moved to the University of Ottawa as a Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Modelling and Computational Chemistry where he is currently a Full Professor of Chemistry.

Lab members are affectionately called Woo-kiees


PDFs and Research Associates

Mykhaylo Krykunov (PDF)

Mykhaylo came from the group of Tom Ziegler, with a background in the implementation of electronic structure theory methods. One of his last projects is constricted variational density functional theory, a new method for the computation of excitation energies in molecules. The advantage of this approach consists in producing quite accurate results for the charge transfer excitations by means of a low computational cost. Other previous research topics include orbital dependent functionals, calculation of magnetic and magneto-optical molecular properties such as NMR shieldings and magnetic circular dichroism, spin-orbit coupling (for the calculation of NMR shieldings). Mykhaylo was also involved into collaboration on the solid state NMR projects.

Graduate Students

Thomas Burns (M.Sc)

Tom is originally from Toronto, Ontario and obtained his B.Sc. in Chemistry at Dalhousie University while working with Professor Russell Boyd. Tom enjoys swimming, biking and gaming.

Development of an Automated Binding Site Locating algorithm for periodic porous materials.


             Cat Tuong Huynh (

Cat  obtained her Bsc, in chemistry at Alberta university and She did her undergraduate research extensively in the Brown lab in the Department of Chemistry.


             Adam Mirmiran (

Delaram Irvanian 

Matt White