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Leznoff Group

Undergraduate Students: I encourage Chemistry majors to do a fourth-year research project (CHEM 481) in an area of research that interests them. I have supervised many undergraduates both in air-sensitive organometallic and air-stable coordination polymer chemistry research projects and always try to make the experience an enjoyable, memorable one. If you would like further information on possible projects, contact me before the end of the semester before you wish to enroll.

Every summer, I have several undergraduate students (from SFU or other schools) conducting research in my laboratory. If you are interested to work in a stimulating research environment and have fun at the same time, I encourage you to contact me early in the New Year.

Graduate Students: I usually accept one or two graduate students per year. Graduate students who join my group gain experience in a wide range of techniques including multinuclear NMR (and NMR of paramagnetic complexes), ESR, FTIR, UV-vis kinetics, cyclic voltammetry and thermogravimetric analysis. They are also exposed to a variety of magnetic measurement methods, including the use of a state-of-the-art SQUID magnetometer. The determination of solid state structures by X-ray crystallography plays a crucial role in this research and we routinely collect diffraction data and solve our own crystal structures. Students interested in organometallic-type air-sensitive research projects in particular will be trained in the synthesis and manipulation of air and moisture-sensitive compounds using vacuum-line/Schlenk techniques and a state-of-the-art glovebox system. Students focusing on coordination polymer materials research will learn about crystal growth techniques, powder X-ray diffraction and a range of ?materials property characterization? techniques, including magnetism, solid-state luminescence, birefringence, NLO, conductivity or porosity measurements, as appropriate to the specific project.

If you are interested in joining the Leznoff group or would like any further information about my research, possible projects, chemistry at SFU or living in Vancouver in general, I would be happy to hear from you. Contact me at