The Group Leader
Tom K. Woo, Ph.D.
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. Tom is currently a member of the NSERC Chemistry grant selection committee and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical where he handles all computational manuscripts.
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.
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.
Sean Collins (Ph.D)
Sean is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and obtained his B.Sc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University. Sean enjoys attending cultural festivals and skating, in particular on the Rideau Canal.
Pegah Tavangar (M.sc)
Pegah is originally from Iran and obtained her Bsc , in Medicinal chemistry at Queen’s university of Belfast (Northern Ireland-UK).Pegah enjoying Cross fit and playing traditional Iranian instrument called Setar and piano.
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.
PhD student in Physical Chemistry (Ph.D)
Negar is originally from Iran and obtained her bachelor degree in chemistry at Shiraz University of Technology,Shiraz,Iran and her Master in Physical Chemistry at the same university in Shiraz. Negar enjoys reading, bicycling and watching movie.
Ali is originally from Iran and obtained his Msc and PhD in physics at Razi university, Kermanshah,Iran and his Bsc at Urmia_Iran.