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.

Anindya Swarnakar

Hi, I am Anindya. I was born in West Bengal (India) in 1990. I spent my whole childhood with my family at a very small town in West Bengal. I earned my undergraduate degree from University of Kalyani. Then I moved to Mumbai where I completed M.Sc. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I started my graduate journey at University of Alberta in September, 2012 and I have started working in main group chemistry. In my spare time I like to listen to music and watch movies.

Paul Lummis

What's old is new again, and I'm back in the Rivard group! After graduating in 2015, I spent time as a postdoctoral fellow working on low valent Si chemistry with Philip Power at UC Davis. My journey back to Edmonton included extended stops in Montana and Washington, and managed to be just long enough to avoid the Albertan winter. When not in the lab I enjoy partaking in sport such as soccer, swimming, golf and squash, or watching hockey. When I am in the lab, I'm working on either developing new NHO's as ligands for bond forming catalysis, or as ligands to stabilize reactive main group fragments.

Graduate Students

William Torres Delgado

Hi! I'm William, I was born in Bucaramanga, a small city from the north east in Colombia, sometimes called "the City of Parks" or "Colombia’s Beautiful City". I worked in the flavour and essence industry for some time, which gave me the opportunity to know and experience the smell and taste of molecules (literally). I finished my MSc at the National Autonomous University of Mexico working on a damping material made from polyurethane. I joined the group in fall 2011 and my research is in the area of synthesis of tellurophenes for optoelectronic applications.

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!

Ian Watson

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

Shiori Fujimori

Hi! I'm Shiori Fujimori. I was born in Nagano which is surrounded by beautiful nature in Japan. I am a visiting student from the Tokitoh Group at Kyoto University with the support of 'Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Research Fello'’ and the 'TOBITATE! Young Ambassador Program'. I joined the Rivard Group this April and I will stay here for six months working on germanium chemistry. I like music, movies, traveling, parties, festivals and anything else fun! It's a very comfortable season during my stay in Canada, so I want to enjoy a great time here!

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!

Nuri Hohn

Born in the calamity of a small village with 800 inhabitants just near the glorious city of emperor Charles the Great (Aachen, Germany). In this excellent city, I enjoyed 4 years of my undergraduate studies in physics. Given the opportunity I took part in an European exchange program to spend one year abroad in the city of arts and love (Paris, France). As expected I found the love of my life there, which made me say "Charles the Great is nothing compared to the power of Bavarian beer". So, I moved to Munich to finish my master of condensed matter physics, where I am now trying to improve the world through my research on renewable energies as a PHD student. Within the frame of this project I am honored to be part of the Rivardarian awesomeness and to be able to collaborate with the Boss himself.

Felix Kaiser

Hey there! My name is Felix and I am from a village near Kaiserslautern in the western part of Germany. I received my Bachelor's and Master's in Chemistry at Technical University Munich (TUM) in 2010 and started my PhD in the Prof. Kuhn's group on N-heterocyclic noble metal silylene complexes in 2015. My PhD-Project is part of the ATUMS cooperation between TUM and the UofA. Therefore, I'll spend 6 months in Edmonton to expand my research further into main group and computational chemistry.

Undergraduate Students

Chetanya Kumar

Hi, I'm Chetanya. I was born in India but moved here when I was very young, at the age of 4. I am currently doing my undergrad and going into my fourth year. I like to watch TV in my spare time when I am not busy studying.