Members of the Rivard Group

Visiting Scientists

Emma Davy

Hi! My name is Emma and I'm a visiting scientist from Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC where I'm an instructor in the physical sciences (chemistry). Before that I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa (supervisor: Deryn Fogg) and a PhD student at the University of Victoria (supervisors: David Berg and Robin Hicks). I'm very happy to return to the lab to get my hands dirty and make some molecules! When I'm not in the lab I can be found enjoying the beautiful Edmonton summer!

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!

Visiting Students

Yuki Tsuchiya

Hi, I am Yuki. I am from Gifu which has a beautiful river and is famous for UKAI in Japan. UKAI is a cormorant fishing on the Nagara river which has a history of more than 1300 years. I am a visiting student from the Murai Group at Gifu University with the supported of the TOBITATE! Young Ambassador Program. I joined the Rivard Group for a year starting this September. I am so glad to meet wonderful members. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, Japanese-archery and shopping. Now I am into cooking!

Yohei Minami

Hi, I am Yohei. I am from Kagawa that is the smallest prefecture in Japan. There is a calm sea and the view of the sea is very beautiful. Because Kagawa is famous for Udon noodles, Kagawa prefecture is often called Udon prefecture. I am a visiting student from Yasuda group at Osaka University with JSPS Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers. I am very happy to join Rivard group. I have fun with main group chemistry. I enjoy listening to music and playing a guitar. Please tell me your favorite music.

Susumu Tanaka

Hello, I am Susumu from Osaka which is the second-largest commercial center in Japan. I am a visiting student from Naka group at Kyoto Institute of Technology. I'm interested in main group chemistry, so it's an honor to join Rivard group. In my free time, I love sports outside such as rugby, soccer, mountain climbing, and run a marathon etc... Let's hang out together!! And Let's enjoy chemistry together!!

Undergraduate Students

Linkun Miao

Hi, I am Linkun. I was born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China and moved to Canada when I was around 9 years old. Currently, I am working through my undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Alberta. I am super excited to work as an undergrad research student in the Rivard group and explore the fascinating chemistry of NHC carbenes. In my spare time, I enjoy going for a run or playing some football, American style!

Nicole Martinek

Hi, I am Nicole and I was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I transferred to the University of Alberta from Grande Prairie Regional College to complete my B.Sc. in Chemistry. After a year of studying here, I discovered my passion for inorganic chemistry. I am very excited to work with the Rivard group and learn more about main group chemistry. I intend to pursue graduate studies and a career as a professor! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and learning new languages.