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On-line Group Picture May 2021.  Missing:  Adam, Jun, Steve

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 from 1998-1999. Following that Tom became an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (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.  More recently, Tom was awarded the researcher of the year award in 2021  from the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa.

Lab members are affectionately called Woo-kiees


Group Members

Dr. Steven Maley (Post-Doc)



Dr. Ohmin Kwon (Post-Doc)

Tom Burns (Ph.D. candidate)
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.


Adam  Mirmiran (M.Sc. candidate)
            Adam, who is originally from France  did his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo.


Jun Luo (Ph.D. candidate)

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


Jake Burner (M.Sc. candidate)

Jake is a M.Sc. student who is hails from London, Ontario.  Jake currently holds a prestigious NSERC CGS-D award.


Marco Gibaldi (Ph.D. candidate)


Scott Simrod (M.Sc. candidate)

Victoria Ogden
(undergraduate summer researcher)