MacLachlan Group

Mark MacLachlan

Dr. MacLachlan grew up in Quesnel, BC and completed his BSc degree at UBC. He then completed his PhD at UofT (I. Manners & G. Ozin; inorganic materials, polymers, and molecules) and a post-doc at MIT (T. Swager; organic materials). Dr. MacLachlan has taught Chemistry 121 (General Chemistry), 202 (Coordination Chemistry), 427/527 (Materials Chemistry), and 414/525 (Adv. Coord. Chem.). His research is in the area of supramolecular materials. He loves the world of materials chemistry - organic, inorganic, porous materials, crystals, polymers... When not in the department, Dr. MacLachlan enjoys drinking coffee, running, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.

Guillaume Beaulieu-Houle

Guillaume was born and educated in Quebec where he attended McGill University for his undergraduate degree and worked under the supervision of Dr. Ian S. Butler (High-Pressure Raman Spectroscopy of Artist Pigments) and Dr. Christopher J. Barrett (Self-Cleaning surfaces). In 2012 he bid farewell to the freezing winters of Montreal to start his PhD in the MacLachlan group. Outside the lab Guillaume likes to remind everyone of the importance of French in Canada, biking and watching TV.

Lina Blusch

Lina finished her PhD at the University of Göttingen in Germany where she also met and got married to her charming husband Hänna. In Goettingen she worked with Prof. F. Meyer on the synthesis and investigation of the so called “Siamese-twin Porphyrin” and its bimetallic complexes. Lina joined the MacLachlan group in February 2013 as a postdoctoral Humboldt fellow. Here, she works on the post polymerization modification of block copolymers and their subsequent binding to zinc acetate to create patterned surfaces. In her free time she loves to play basketball and the guitar ever since she was a kid. As a passionate vegetarian chef, she relaxes while browsing vegetarian cooking magazines.

Veronica Carta

Veronica grew up in a small and quiet seaside town in central Italy called Senigallia. In 2006 she did her little coast to coast (300 km!) to move to Rome where she finished her BSc and MSc in chemistry. Enjoying the big city lifestyle but missing the quiet of her hometown, she thought that Vancouver could be a good compromise and moved here in 2012, joining MacLachlan's group. Now she is working in developing new materials for dye-sensitized solar cells. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys playing the violin, listening to prog-rock music and skiing.

Zhengyu Chen

Zhengyu was born in China and completed his B.Sc. degree in chemistry at Nanjing University. In 2010, Zhengyu flew across the Pacific to Vancouver to begin the battle for a Ph.D. degree. Despite his undergraduate training in computational/theorectical chemistry, he found his interests in inorganic chemistry and joined the MacLachlan group in late 2010. He is currently working to develop new macrocycles and study their coordination chemistry. When not in the lab, Zhengyu enjoys playing billiards, table tennis and soccer, and especially likes having snacks while reading novels!

Mostofa Kamal Khan

Kamal was born and raised in a small village of Bangladesh with a big hope to be the kindest medical doctor of the country (to conform to the essay writings titled “Aim in Life” in his secondary schools). However, for various socio-economic problems that hope faded away and he got admission at Jahangirnagar University where he pursued his B.Sc (1997) and M.Sc (1999) in Chemistry. After his graduation from Jahangirnagar University, he took several job positions in various government sectors of Bangladesh including petroleum exploration and production, academia and nuclear research. In 2005, he moved to Canada for his PhD at Carleton University with Prof. P. R. Sundararajan. He then fled to Vancouver to get rid of the frigid winter of Ottawa after his graduation from Carleton. Now, he is a post-doctoral fellow working on a project that deals with the synthesis of nanoporous materials and exploration of their potential applications. He likes listening to all sorts of bangla music irrespective of their genre. Kamal likes to be here for the beaches and the mountain ranges that constitute the picture-perfect landscapes of Vancouver. While not in the lab, Kamal enjoys spending time with his family.

Debbie Le

Debbie was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. After high school, she moved to Burnaby, where she completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University. After a wonderful time working with Prof. Danny Leznoff on heterobimetallic coordination polymers, Debbie decided to make the journey all the way to Vancouver proper and pursue graduate studies with the MacLachlan Group. Here, she is working on polymetallic "picture frame complexes". Apart from chemistry, her loves include knitting, baking, insects, and the ocean.

Lev Lewis

Lev is from beautiful Sydney, Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology with Honours working with A/Prof. Pall Thordarson and Prof. Peter Gunning at the University of New South Wales. He then worked as a research assistant in an advanced fluorescence microscopy lab with the Biomedical Imaging Facility at UNSW for nearly two years before making the move to UBC in August 2014, to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. In the MacLachlan group, Lev is working on the development of photonic materials using nanocrystalline cellulose. He enjoys football, cooking and travelling.

Hessam Mehr

Hessam comes from Iran, where he used to work as a chemistry teacher. An engineer by training, his fascination with chemistry meant he would show up at Mark's door one good April morning asking to join clan MacLachlan. He is a very cheerful chemist in general; his fatal weakness is department seminars like IDG (but he's working on it). Outside the lab he enjoys cooking with/for friends, taking long walks around campus, watching Monty Python, and confusing people by relentlessly smiling at them.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh-Dinh was born in the citadel of Hue imperial city in Vietnam having crossing of the gentle and romantic perfume river and completed his BSc (2003) and MSc (2006) degrees in Chemistry at Hue University. In 2007, he moved to Quebec, Canada and completed his PhD in 2011 at Laval University with Prof. Trong-On Do on shape-controlled inorganic nanocrystals. He got married to his lovely wife Minh-Chau and has a cute son "Little elephant" Kelvin throughout the last year of graduate school. He joined Mark MacLachlan group in Feb. 2011 and has been working as a post-doc on nematic or chiral nematic mesoporous films. He enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, running, playing soccer, and spending time with his family in his spare time.

Katrina Ni

Lichen(Katrina) Ni is another Chinese girl in the lab. She finished her B.Sc. degree in Nanjing University and found her way in UBC to continue her study as well as experience the beautiful Vancouver! She joined MacLachlan’s group because of her interest in materials chemistry and previous experience in inorganic chemistry research back in Nanjing University. She is so excited to be in this energetic group, meeting all the nice people! She spends her time outside the lab with friends, cooking, shopping and sightseeing. She believes in the saying “work hard, play hard” and wishes to make the next few years in UBC worthwhile!

Nathanya Platt

Nathanya is a visiting student from the University of Southampton in the UK. Always keen to travel, she jumped at the opportunity to study abroad for six months and joined the MacLachlan group in July 2014 to complete a research project for her MChem degree. She is working with Veronica to develop new materials for dye sensitized solar cells. In her spare time, Nat enjoys playing Ultimate frisbee, hiking and drinking tea (a true Brit!).

Brian Sahli

Brian was born in Windsor, Ontario but considers himself a Detroit native as far as pro sports are concerned. After graduating with a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Windsor he needed to explore the world and found himself on the sunny beaches of Australia and Southeast Asia, although he was still unable to achieve a decent tan. Upon his return one year later he decided Windsor was not the place for him so he drove 3000 km to Vancouver (through the US of course; who wants to see Saskatchewan?) in an attempt to find work during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Though he was eventually successful it was clear to Brian that it was time to return to school, and in January 2010 he began his Ph.D. studies in the MacLachlan group in macrocycle chemistry. In his spare time Brian enjoys eating, sleeping, and playing guitar.

Maik Schlesinger

Maik received his PhD at the University of Technology Chemnitz (Germany) where he worked with Prof. M. Mehring on metal-organic frameworks, bismuth oxido clusters and metastable bismuth oxides. After a short trip to the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (Prof. P. Andrews) for antimicrobial studies he joined the MacLachlan group in November 2013 as a postdoctoral DAAD fellow (German Academic Exchange Service). Here, he works on chiral nematic mesoporous materials and metal nanoparticles. Beside chemistry he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, travelling around, running and playing soccer.

Amber Shukaliak

Amber was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up near a small town located halfway between Edmonton and Jasper. This location allowed for most winters weekends to be spent snowboarding in the rockies, while remaining somewhat close to civilization. She completed her BSc in Chemistry at the University of Alberta, and had the chance to partake in research studying photo luminescent silicon nanocrystals in Dr. Jonathan Veinot's lab. She recently joined the MacLachlan group to pursue a MSc in materials chemistry and so far has been studying photonic hydrogels.

Andrea Terpstra

Andrea was born in Prince Rupert, BC, but shortly afterwards moved farther inland to Wild Rose Country (Alberta) where she grew up in the beautiful city of Calgary. She graduated from the University of Calgary with two degrees: B.Sc Chemistry Honours and B.Sc Biochemistry and had the privilege of researching p-type discotic liquid crystals for solar cells with Dr. Todd Sutherland, UofC. After working as an environmental chemist at TRIUM Environmental in Cochrane, AB, she decided that a break from the cold Alberta winters was necessary. In 2012, she returned to the west coast to purse a PhD degree in the MacLachlan Group investigating novel porous inorganic materials. When not in lab, she enjoys skiing/snowboarding, biking and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Vickers

Susan Vickers is originally from Scotland and has a M.Sci. from the University of Glasgow. After spending a summer during her undergrad cleaning hotel rooms in Whistler, she decided Canada was the place to be. She is currently working on her PhD in the MacLachlan lab, developing new catalysts for natural gas powered vehicles. Susan loves to talk, sometimes about science, so in between experiments she usually spends her time bugging her labmates to join her for some sort of outreach event. When not in the lab Susan can be found baking, skiing/falling down Whistler mountains and scouting out places in Vancouver that sell Irn Bru!

Peixi Wang

Peixi was born in an ancient city in central China named Kaifeng. He went to Jilin University in Changchun in 2010 to study chemistry and completed his BSc degree in that extremely cold but beautiful city four years later, then he joined the MacLachlan group as a new PhD student in Sep. 2014 for his interest in microscopic control of chemical processes and materials, his first research project will be related to template synthesis of inorganic solids. He enjoys playing guqin, an ancient Chinese instrument in his spare time.

Nick White

Nick completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Otago in his home town of Dunedin, New Zealand (working on transition metal complexes with Prof. Sally Brooker). After a short break working and then travelling, he completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford, working with Prof. Paul Beer making rotaxanes and catenanes for anion recognition applications. He is now a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the MacLachlan group working on supramolecular materials based on triptycene and silsesquioxanes (although he has difficulty convincing people he's old enough to be a post-doc). Outside of chemistry, Nick is a keen rock climber, and is enjoying being close to the world-class rock at Squamish. He also enjoys running, playing guitar, listening to music, and drinking good coffee.

Becky Winnick

Becky grew up near Seattle, Washington, and earned her B.Sc. degree in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She then took off to Missoula, Montana for two years where she designed sustainable flavor and fragrance products for the company Blue Marble Biomaterials. Now she is excited to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, researching Nanomaterials Chemistry with the MacLachlan group. Becky is motivated to use chemistry to make a positive impact on the environment. In her infinite spare time Becky enjoys playing Old Time fiddle and guitar, singing (especially Shape Note singing), square dancing, Argentine Tango, Blues dance, bicycling, and environmental restoration.

Vitor Zamarion

Vitor originally comes from a cold town (for his standards) in Brazil. He got his PhD in 2012 at University of São Paulo where he worked with Prof. Henrique E. Toma on the development and understanding of SERS sensors. In 2013, there was an opening for a Professorship and he got the job, being hired in the beginning of 2014. He is now a young professor aiming to understand more about surface coordination chemistry from the point of view of plasmonic metallic nanoparticles, trying to establish surface functionalization as local metal-ligand interactions. All of this brought him to Canada, in beautiful Vancouver, to work in the MacLachlan Group as a post-doctoral fellow to explore the chirality of functionalized nanoparticles inside nematic nano/mesoporous materials. When not in the Lab, he enjoys reading, traveling, biking, swimming, taking (a lot of) pictures, being with his family and watching TV shows.

Group alumi

Are you an alumnus or alumna of our group? Please email Mark with your current location and position and anything else you'd like posted so we can update our webpage. Also, if you have any old group photos to share, please send them in!

NameLast known position
Angela Crane 2014 PhD Instructor at UBC
Michael Giese 2012-2014 (Post-doc) Junior Professor at University of Duisburg, Essen
Jamie Roberts 2014 (Co-op) University of Bristol Undergrad
Joel Kelly 2011-2014 (Post-doc) BC Research
Stephanie Bishop 2014 (RLE student) Teaching in Spain
Harumi Takasaki 2013 (CHEM 449) Graduate students, University of Toronto
Tim Krappitz 2013 (Visitor) RWTH Aachen
Lisa Weigand 2013 (Visitor) RWTH Aachen
Candy Cheung 2013 (Co-op) UBC Undergrad
Prof. Katsuya Fukuyama 2012–2013 Meiji Gakuin University
Annabelle Wong 2012-2013 (CHEM 449) 3M
Marcus Farnfield 2012-2013 (Co-op) University of Bristol Undergrad
Marcus Yu 2012 (Co-op) UBC Undergrad
Qian Liang 2011–2012 (Visitor) China University of Petroleum Research
Joanna De Witt 2012 MSc Teaching at UBC
Joe Ahn 2012 Summer Caltech grad school
Loryn Arnett 2012 Summer UBC Undergrad
Susan Cheng 2012 Summer UBC Undergrad
Tomoki Shimata 2012 Visitor ?
Dayle Larson 2011-2012 (CHEM 449) ?
Kevin Shopsowitz 2012 PhD NSERC PDF in Chem. Eng. at MIT
Simon Law 2011 (Co-op) Japan
Emily Hopkins 2011 Summer UBC Undergrad
Elaine Wong 2011 (Summer)
Dr. Xavier Roy 2011 PhD Assistant Professor at Columbia University
Dr. Peter Frischmann 2010 PhD Post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Jian Jiang 2010 PhD Job searching
Alex Stahl 2010 Summer U Toronto Undergrad
Dr. Joseph Hui 2010 PhD JSPS Post-doctoral fellow at Kyushu U. with Nobuo Kimizuka
Si Rim Kim 2010 -2011 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Calgary
Alexandre Provencal 2009 MSc Education UBC
Dr. Jonathan Chong 2009 PhD Patent Law
Jennifer Tsoung 2009 (Co-op) Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (M. Lautens)
Dr. Hao Qi 2009 -2010 Post-doc Researcher at FPInnovations
Dr. Samuel Guieu 2009 -2010 Post-doc FCT Postdoctoral Fellow at Ciceco University Aveiro (Portugal)
Anthony Bryson 2008 Summer UBC Medical School
Travis Schwantje 2008 Summer UVic Undergrad
Dr. Alfred Leung 2008 PhD Asst. Research Officer (NRC Biotechnology Research Inst., Montreal)
Dr. Ago Pietrangelo 2008 PhD Assistant Professor at Rutger's University
Sergio Ponsico 2008 Fall (Visitor) PhD Student, Tarragona, Spain
James Zhou 2008 (Co-op) MSc Student, SFU (with B. Gates)
Matthew MacLennan 2008 -2009 Education UBC
Cooper Johnston 2008 -2009 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Victoria (R. Hicks)
Dr. Britta Boden 2007 PhD Post-Doc and Lecturer, UBC-Okanagan
David Edwards 2007 MSc NRC Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
Dazril Phua 2007 Undergraduate (National U. Singapore)
Clark Funnell 2007 Summer Commerce?
Prof. Francesco Lelj 2007 - 2008 (Sabbatical) Universita della Bascilicata, Potenza, Italy
Raymond Tabeshi 2007 - 2008 (CHEM 449) Medical School, UBC
Dr. Amanda Gallant 2006 PhD BioVectra DCL, Charlottetown, PEI
Julia Li 2006 Summer Optometry School, Los Angeles
Prof. Joe Grzybowski 2006 -2007 (Sabbatical) Gettysburg College, PA
Cecily Ma 2005 MSc Angiotech Pharmaceuticals
Joseph Hui 2005 MSc JSPS Post-doctoral fellow at Kyushu U. with Nobuo Kimizuka
Chris Dart 2005 Summer Grad. Student (U Manitoba, Biochemistry)
Katherine Jardine 2005 Summer (NSERC) Grad. Student (U Toronto w/ Mitch Winnik)
Richard Zhen 2005 -2006 Undergraduate (National U. of Singapore)
Cindy Wu 2005 - 2006 (CHEM 449) Education (UBC)
Charles Sang 2005 -2006 Undergraduate (National U. of Singapore)
Zhe Wang 2004 Summer Financial Auditor (Deloitte Touche, LLP, New York)
Dr. Amir Abdolmaleki 2004 - 2005 (Visitor) Associate Professor (Isfahan U. of Tech.)
Michael Yun 2004 - 2005 (CHEM 449) Law School (UBC)
Keith Chan 2003 Summer Graduate Student (UBC Biology)
Inhee Cho 2003 Summer Grad. Student (Simon Fraser U.)
Charles Yeung 2003 Summer (NSERC) Post-doc at Harvard
Tom Hsieh 2003 Grad. Student (U Toronto w/ Vy Dong)
Lucie Norel 2003 -2004 Assistant Professor (University of Rennes, France)
Andy Lo 2003 - 2004 (CHEM 449) Grad. Student (U Alberta w/ L. Li)
Brent Zaluski 2002 Summer Angiotech Pharmaceuticals
Tyler Davis 2002 - 2003 (CHEM 449) Plugpower
Dr. Marc Sauer 2002 - 2006 (Post-Doc) BioVectra DCL, Charlottetown, PEI
Linda Ching 2001 Summer unknown
Laura Marcu 2001 Summer unknown
Lawrence Vanderark 2001 - 2002 (CHEM 449) Grad. student (I. Manners, U. of Bristol)