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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


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 (M.Sc.)

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 (

Adam, who is originally from France  did his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo.


Jun Luo (

Jun is a native of southern China, received his Chemistry and Computer science at Acadia University.

Graduate Students                                                                               

Jake Burner

Jake is a B.Sc. honours thesis student who is hails from London, Ontario.