Dr. Gregory Welch

Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

Dr. Gregory Welch obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the University of Calgary in 2003 and worked in the laboratories of Dr. Tristam Chivers and Dr. Warren Piers. He earned his PhD at the University of Windsor in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Stephan where he developed the concept of Frustrated Lewis Pairs. He then moved to UC-Santa Barbara, where he studied organic solar cells as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Guillermo Bazan. He began a faculty position in 2012 as a Canadian Research Chair at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. In 2015 he relocated to the University of Calgary as a Canadian Research Chair in Solar Energy Materials and Devices. His research interests are focused on the synthesis and characterization of organic pi-conjugated materials and their application in solution-processable organic electronic devices

Group Photo - Winter 2020

(Francesco, Greg, Cayley, Lareeb, Audrey, Maryam, Mahmoud, Greg, Sergey, Josh, Dylan, Mark, Edward, Jon, Kathryn, Deepak, Anna-Marie, missing Amruth C - had the flu)

Graduate Students

Jonathan Cann
PhD Student

 

Jonathan completed an honours research project under the supervision of Dr. Sara Eisler at the University of New Brunswick (BSc '15). Jonathan's current research interests are focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of novel small molecule organic systems.

Francesco Tintori
PhD Student

 

Francesco completed an honours research project under the supervision of Dr. Dominique Roberto at the University of Milan (BSc '15). Francesco's research interest is in the development, characterization and stability of sustainable organic electronic materials and devices.

Edward Cieplechowicz
PhD Student

 

Edward completed his masters under the co-supervision of Dr. Cathleen Crudden and Dr. J. Hugh Horton at Queen's University (MSc. '17). Edward's current research interests are focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of pi-conjugated small molecules for organic solar cells as part of the Bioenergy team of the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources.

Maryam Nazari
PhD Student

 

Maryam completed her masters under the supervision of Dr. Farhang Abbasi at the Sahand University of Technology in Iran (MSc. '17). Maryam's current research interests are on fabricating large-area organic solar cells as part of the Bioenergy team of the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources.

Josh Koenig
PhD Student

 

Josh completed his honours undergraduate research project under the supervision of Dr. Jason Hein at the University of British Columbia (BSc. '17). Josh's current research interest are focused on synthesizing and characterizing light harvesting materials for applications in CO2-reduction and organic solar cells. 

Mark Martel 
MSc Candidate

 

Mark completed his BSc. at the University of Calgary in 2018, where he completed an undergraduate research project with Dr. Gregory Welch. He then decided to join the group as a Masters student in 2019 and is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of molecular materials for Organic Thin Film Transistors with funding from the NSERC GreEN Network.

Dylan Harris
MSc Candidate

 

Dylan obtained his BSc. in Chemistry at The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2017 where he completed an honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Yuri Bolshan. Dylan joined the Welch lab in January 2019. His current research interests include the synthesis and characterization of organic semiconducting materials for use in printed electronics as a member of the NSERC Green Electronics Network.

Cayley Harding
MSc Candidate

 

Cayley completed a BSc at the University of Calgary. She is working on the NSERC GreEN project. 

Greg Bannard
MSc Candidate

 

Greg completed a BSc at the University of Calgary. She is working on the NSERC GreEN project. 

Lareeb Umer
MSc Candidate

 

Lareeb completed a BSc at the University of Calgary. She is working on the NSERC GreEN project. 

Post Doctoral Fellows

Mahmoud Farhat (2019 - )
Mahmoud received his Ph.D. from National Tsing-Hua University jointly with TIGP-Nano program (Academia Sinica) in 2016. His current research focuses on slot-die coating, characterization and upscaling of organic photovoltaics for low-light intensity applications. He is also working on the ink formulation and large-area printing of organic light switches
Deepak Dubey (2019 - )
Deepak completed his graduate studies (Ph.D.'19) in design and fabrication of highly-efficient organic light-emitting diodes at the National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan under the supervision of Prof. Jwo-Huei Jou. His current research interests span from the design, fabrication, and characterization of fully-printable flexible and stretchable OLEDs to the development of high-performance organic solar cells and OTFT based on novel small molecules in the ambient environment.  
Amruth C (2019 - )
Amruth C is a Postdoctoral Associate working to realize fully printable optoelectronic devices over a large area on flexible substrates. Recently, in 2019, he completed his Ph.D. in the frame of the European project, Marie Curie ITN-EXCILIGHT, at Lodz University of Technology, Poland.  Prior to his Ph.D., he worked for 6-years in the industry (R&D-Manipal Technologies Ltd, India) in the area of Printed Electronics

Undergraduate and Visiting Students

Irene Park - Summer 2020 - NSERC USRA

Past Group Members

 

Graduate Students
Thomas Welsh (2017-2019 / PhD) Direct (Hetero)Arylation for the Efficient Synthesis of π-Conjugated Materials for use in Organic Electronics
PDF at the University of Glasgow (Emily Draper) 
Abby-Jo Payne (2014-2018 / PhD) Investigating Direct Heteroarylation Reactivity in the Synthesis of π-Conjugated Materials for use in Organic Solar Cells
Research Chemist at Biovectra (Charlottetown, PE)
Research Chemist at Flurotech (Calgary, AB)
Seth McAfee (2013-2018 / PhD) Direct Heteroarylation Synthesis and Organic Dye-based Non-Fullerene Acceptors
Research Chemist at Dosecann (Charlottetown, PE)
Technology Adviser at TSGI Corporation (Calgary, AB) 
Arthur Hendsbee (2012-2017 / PhD) Imide-based Non-Fullerene Acceptors
Research Chemist at Brilliant Matters (Quebec City, QC)
NSERC PDF at the University of Waterloo (Yuning Li)
Liisa Maclean (2017-2018 / MSc) 
Andrew Namespetra (2013-2015 / MSc) 
Post Doctoral Fellows
Sergey Dayneko (Eyes High, NSERC Engage/+, MITACS) / Genoptic LED
Audrey Laventure (CFREF / NSERC PDF) / Assistant Professor University of Montreal
Vikas Sharma (Alberta Innovates)
Marwa Abd-Ellah (CFREF / NSERC PDF) / Chemistry at University of Waterloo
Jetsuda Areephong (NEXT Energy Technologies PDF) Chemist at Appili Therapeutics
Ronan San Juan (NEXT Energy Technologies PDF) Laboratory Technician at the University of Windsor
Ala'a Eftaiha (NSERC DREAMS PDF) Assistant Professor Hashemite University (Jordan)
Research Associates
 
Mohammad Rahmati / Genoptic LED - Scientist
Marshall Hoey / Workforce
Jenny McCahill / Carbon Engineering - Scientist
Lesley Rutledge / Seneca College - Faculty
Undergraduate and Visiting Students / Current (known)
Rayane El Berjawi (2017 Visiting PhD. Student) / PhD. Chemistry, University of Angers​
Benedikt Kostler (2018 Visiting Undergraduate Student) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Frankfurt​
Pierre Josse (2017 Visiting PhD. Student) / PhD. Chemistry, University of Angers​
Jonathan Leary (2020 - CHEM 502) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Kathryn Wolfe (2020 - CHEM 402) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Anna-Marie Lewrenz (2020 - CHEM 402) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Ryan Boehm (2019 - UofC PURE) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Ben Godwin (2019 - NSERC USRA) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Grace Tielman (2019 - NSERC USRA) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Lareeb Umar (2019 - CHEM 402) / MSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Greg Bannard (2019 - CHEM 402, USRA) / MSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Mark Martel (2018 - CHEM 502) / MSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Marcus Vespa (2018 - CHEM 402) / MSc. Chemistry, University of Victoria (Manners)
Benedikt Kostler (2018 - Visiting Undergraduate Student) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Frankfurt
Travis Sander (2017/2018 - CHEM 502) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Luc Mackay (2017 - CHEM 502) / BSc. Chemistry, University of Calgary
Willem Breukelaar (2016 - CHEM 402) / MSc. Medicinal Chemistry, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Jefferson Pells (2016 - CHEM 502 and 402) MSc. Chemistry, Simon Fraser University (Leznoff)
Alexander Dobson (2015 - CHEM 402) MSc. Chemistry, University of Leeds (England)
Elizabeth Kitching (2014 - NSERC USRA and Honours Student) BSc. Chemistry, Dalhousie University
Casper Macaulay (2014 - NSERC USRA, DREAMS and Honours Student) PhD. Chemistry, Dalhousie University (Stradiotto)
Logan Pitman (2014 - Honours Student) / BSc. Chemistry, Dalhousie University
Odei Mugica Diez (2014 - Independent Research Project) MSc. Chemistry, Universidad Del Pais Vasco (Spain)
Gui Vuaillat (2013 - Independent Research Project) BSc. Chemistry completed (France)

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