Discover what makes us unique

We use our modern, hands-on research approach in our quest to pioneer surprising new chemistry.

We are especially passionate about sustainable catalysis, green synthesis and the main group elements,
in addition to our many other interests!

Creatively Designed

Our passion is to create new paradigms in chemistry.
We seek out visionary ideas and out-of-the-box thinking to fuel our research endeavors.

Computationally Validated

We use computational tools to predict the outcome of our ideas and to accelerate our understanding.
We can confidently identify targets and predict what will work.

Chemically Implemented

Guided by computations, our state-of-the-art experimental work operates at maximized efficiency.
In the lab, we take our validated idea to the next level.

Discover our Exciting Projects!

Visit our Research Page to get a glimpse of the problems we are currently tackling.

Meet the PI

Prof. Marc-André Légaré was born in Morges, Switzerland, and grew up in Quebec City, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree from Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, in 2015, advised by Prof. Frédéric-Georges Fontaine. He subsequently took up a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Prof. Holger Braunschweig at the Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, in Germany.

Marc-André is the author of over 30 publications and two patents, including three papers as first author in the prestigious journal Science. His accomplishments include the development of metal-free C-H activation protocols and pioneering the field of main group dinitrogen chemistry.

He has received a number of awards, including the Star Student-Researcher Award from the Fond de Recherche Québécois and the CAS Future Leader Award. He has been Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry at McGill University since 2020.

Meet the Team

These incredible people will make chemistry come alive.

Interested to join? Contact us!

Dr. Douglas Turnbull

Postdoctoral Fellow

Douglas obtained his BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Lethbridge
under the supervision of Prof. Michael Gerken. He hopes to stabilise unique main-
group compounds and tailor their reactivity to unique green-chemical catalytic
applications. Outside of the lab, he is an avid guitarist, runner, and sudoku solver.

Gabriella Morin

Ph.D. Student

Gabriella obtained her Bachelor's in Physics and Chemistry from McGill University. She is interested in the interface of both fields, for instance, using quantum mechanics to elucidate fundamental aspects of chemical reactivity. When not in the lab, she is either training for her next marathon, or training at her favourite rock-climbing gym.

Jackie Wu

Ph.D. Student

Jackie is from the small town of Hanover, ON. He obtained his honours bachelors in chemistry and medical sciences from Western University. His interests span the development of molecules for biologically-active applications, as well as for methodological purposes. Outside the lab, he enjoys skating and swimming.

Keyu Zhou

Ph.D. Student

Keyu comes from Linyi, a beautiful city in China owing to its great mountains and rivers. She obtained her Bachelor's degree at the University of Waterloo as well as Shandong Normal University. She works with P(V) compounds to address challenges in catalysis concerning green organic chemistry. She spends most time listening to all kinds of music and climbing mountains when not in the lab.

Elaina Bourque

Ph.D. Student

Elaina is from Squamish, B.C. She obtained her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. Elaina is working on low valence phosphorus complexes with applications in green catalysis. Outside of the lab, Elaina competes in the strength and power sports, and enjoys exploring the outdoors.

Eric Sevilla Bonilla

PH.D. Student

Eric comes from Puebla, a beautiful city in Mexico owing to its great architecture and livelihood. He obtained his BSc in Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering degree at UDLAP. He is working with Boron cations to mimicking fundamental organometallic reactions. Outside of the lab he enjoys playing volleyball, riding his bike and discovering coffee shops around Montreal.

Nathan Comin

Nathan Comin

M.Sc. Student

Nathan is from Kitchener, Ontario and obtained his BSc Honours Chemistry with an EcoChemistry option at the University of Ottawa. He explores sustainable main group chemistry, specifically working with silanes. When not in the lab, he enjoys attending metal concerts, cooking plant-based dishes, and hopelessly cheering for Toronto sports teams.

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