Members of the Rivard Group

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Emanuel Hupf

Hi, I was born in Berlin, Germany. After completing my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Free University of Berlin in 2011, I moved to Bremen to start my PhD on "peri-substituted diphenylphoshpinonaphthalenes and -acenaphthenes" in the group of Prof. Beckmann. Bremen is a little smaller than Edmonton and well known for the "Town Musicians of Bremen", a fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers. After my PhD studies I was awarded with a scholarship to join the Rivard group at the U of A to work on tellurophene monomers and polymers with promising light-emitting properties. In my spare time I like to follow the action in the German Bundesliga and the NHL, especially of the New York Islanders, which I can see live at least once when they are visiting the Oilers.

Graduate Students

Sarah Parke

Hi I am from Kelowna, B.C. and I completed my B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. I like to paint, draw, read and bike in my spare time. I have just moved to Edmonton to join the Rivard group to complete my graduate studies and I am very excited to be working on the bismuth project.

Matthew "Cowboy" Roy

I was born in 1992 in the small but beautiful city of Fredericton, New Brunswick. I remained in Fredericton until I completed my BSc. at the University of New Brunswick in 2014. It was then that I decided to move to the unbelievably flat, hare covered city of Edmonton to join the Rivard group! In my spare time I can be found at any of the fine licensed establishments that Edmonton has to offer.

Christina Braun

Hi, I am Chrissy and I am from a small town in southwestern Ontario called Straffordville. I obtained my B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, but I also spent a term abroad at the University of Leeds in the UK. Besides chemistry, travelling is my passion. The countries I have visited so far include the US, Nicaragua, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Now I'm in Edmonton and I am very excited to live (relatively) close to the stunning, wild-life abundant Rocky Mountains, and of course to do some tellurium chemistry!

Bruno Luppi

Hi, I am Bruno. I was born in Sao Bernardo, just outside the biggest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo. I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Campinas in 2015 with an exchange program at the University of Toronto, which sparked my interest for Canada and its multicultural population. After graduating and working for a short while in the industry, I was looking for a new and exciting area of research and found out about the highly interdisciplinary tellurium projects with photovoltaic applications in the Rivard group! In my spare time, I can be found listening to Avenged Sevenfold or watching the Toronto Raptors play.

Jocelyn Sinclair

I grew up in the bustling suburban metropolis of Mississauga ON before moving eastward to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax for my BSc. Now I've traded a true ocean for oceans of grass by coming out to U of A. I'm starting my graduate studies in the Rivard group and am excited to be working on bridging the gap from molecular compounds to functionalized nanoparticles. Outside the lab, you can find me lurking around local bookstores, theatres, and hiking trails, or desperately trying to hitch a ride out to the mountains.

Ian Watson

Hi, I'm Ian. I am originally from London (south-western Ontario, not the cool London). I completed my undergrad at the University of Guelph where I did some research in Michael Denk's lab. After chatting with several professors here at U of A, I decided on joining the Rivard group. I am thrilled to be here and I am excited about my location and the chemistry. In my spare time I love to hike, camp, and otherwise explore nature. Thankfully, I am relatively close to one of the best places in the world for all of those things!

Alvaro Omana

Hello, I'm Alvaro! I was born in Valencia, Venezuela, but mainly grew up in London, Ontario. I received my B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo in 2017. While I was studying there, I took an introductory class on polymer chemistry and it initiated my passion for studying all things polymer. Throughout my graduate studies, I will be focusing on the development of controlled polytellurophenes to propagate their use in photovoltaics. When I have terminated my experiments for the day, I can be found dispersed around Edmonton in a perfect Gaussian distribution. Just kidding, I can be found working out, reading or watching movies; all while craving pisca!

Samuel "Samwise" Baird

I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1996 but grew up in Chipman, New Brunswick. I completed my undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University in the duck themed town of Sackville, NB in 2018. I moved out to the frozen city of Edmonton due to my interest in fundamental research in inorganic chemistry. In my spare time you can find me convincing people garlic fingers are an East Coast delicacy and that they are not the same thing as garlic bread, sleeping or trying to convince myself that I don't need to drink on school nights.

Wei Church Poh

Hi, I'm Church (not mosque, not temple). I was raised in Malaysia and done my undergraduate in Hong Kong. Like most Malaysians, I speak Mandarin, English, Malay, Cantonese and Hokkien. My catchphrase is "I'm tired", please just ignore me if I say that. I don't drink coffee nor alcohol and I hate jalapeno (it's everywhere here). I enjoy music very much (as well as singing). I started to workout recently and hopefully, this will last for a while. I enjoy science but I try not to get addicted so I can get a normal life. As for research, I love to venture into different areas of chemistry (I often switch my area of research after a while). Eric is the fifth professor I'm working with and I believe we will definitely able to explore some fun chemistry together.

Undergraduate Students

Gunwant Matharu

Hey, I'm Gunwant! I'm from Coalville, England, and moved to Edmonton in 2009 just for the stellar, frigid, and unrelenting winters! I am completing my BSc with a double major in biology and chemistry at the University of Alberta, and have had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Rivard group with a summer undergraduate research position! I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside Sarah studying some funky bismoles. I enjoy trips to the Rockies, getting run over by ski lifts, music, and writing! I <3 rotovaps.

Fuwei Wen

Hi, I am Fuwei Wen and I was born in Tianjin, China. Tianjin is a large industrial city like Edmonton in Northern China, but much more populated and warmer. I am currently in 4 th year of undergraduate, and I joined Rivard's group which is my first research experience in the undergraduate level. I usually spend my free time on listening music and playing strategy games, but now I am a new fan of hockey so I started to watch hockey games, especially on Saturday night.