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), 414/525 (Adv. Coord. Chem.), and 527 (Nanomaterials). 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, cycling, skiing, camping, creating crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh was born in a small beach village in Hue province and raised in an ancient Hue city in central Vietnam. He received his BSc (2003) and MSc (2006) degrees in Chemistry at Hue University in his hometown. In 2007, he moved to Quebec for his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Laval University. He had worked with Professor Trong-On Do on the nanoscale assemblies and completed his PhD degree in 2011. He then moved from East Coast to West Coast to join the MacLachlan group as a Postdoc and now he turns to a Research Associate. His research is in the area of materials chemistry. He loves chemistry to consider materials chemistry as a tool to create a world of new materials with fascinating functionalities that can be made of both inorganic and organic elements. His current research interests are focused on the inspiration of new structural forms based on the supramolecular self-assembly and biomimicry to use them as a template and precursor for constructing new organized materials. He likes to learn about incredible design concepts to let materials be in the structural diversity as they can be nanostructures, porous structures, hybrids, polymers, thin films, fibers, crystalline frameworks... Beyond research, Thanh is enthusiastic to teach Kid's Chemistry for his son at home. He also enjoys drinking coffee, cooking, camping, and taking care of the family.

Charlotte Boott

Born in Nottingham, England, Charlotte graduated from the University of York in 2012 with a MChem in Chemistry with a year in industry. In 2012, Charlotte moved to Bristol to join the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Bristol. After completing 3 different lab rotations as part of the Chemical Synthesis CDT training period Charlotte decided to undertake a PhD project in the Manners group based on the solution self-assembly of block copolymers, which she completed in October 2016. Charlotte joined the MacLachlan lab in May 2017 to work on the functionalization and self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystal. In 2018 Charlotte was awarded the Banting and Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

Miguel Angel Soto

Miguel was born and raised in a small village called Tultepec, located just few kilometers away from gorgeous Mexico City. He completed his bachelor at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 2010, working on the self-assembly of hermaphroditic molecular monomers to produce supramolecular polymers, commonly referred as daisy chains. Just after defending his undergrad thesis he moved to Mexico City to start with his graduate studies under supervision of Dr. Jorge Tiburcio at Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados (Cinvestav), his PhD work was mainly focus on the development of environment-responsive supramolecular materials, based on poly(pseudorotaxane) and poly(rotaxane) macromolecular structures. In March 2017, just after defending his PhD thesis, Miguel joined our group as a Postdoc. He is currently working on the study of labile mechanical bonds and their incorporation into molecular and polymeric functional devices. Beyond Chemistry, Miguel enjoys teaching Mexican-Spanish slang to our team members. He also loves drinking coffee, listening to music, playing basketball, board games and tasting all type of beers found in Canada (except for IPA though).

Yuanyuan Cao

Yuanyuan was born in a small city called Leshan, located in Sichuan Province of China. She completed her BSc degree (June, 2010) in Southwest University of Science and Technology and received her PhD degree (December, 2015) in Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity. In April 2017, she joined the MacLachlan group as a postdoc and is currently working on developing chiral mesoporous materials. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and watching science fiction movies.

Veronica Carta

Veronica grew up in a small and quiet seaside town in central Italy called Senigallia. In 2006 she went on her little journey from 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 the MacLachlan group. During her PhD, she worked on making metal containing macrocycles, but her biggest passion is solving crystal structures and learning as much as possible about structural chemistry. When she comes back from the reciprocal space, Veronica enjoys playing the violin, skiing and figure skating.

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.

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.

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.

Christopher Walters

Chris moved here from Toronto, where he completed Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry working with Prof. Gilbert Walker at the University of Toronto. He started his PhD degree in the MacLachlan group in 2015, and is working on the development of new nanomaterials from chitin and cellulose. Chris enjoys skiing, windsurfung, and cooking in his free time.

Andy Tran

Andy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He completed his BSc honours degree in chemistry (specializing in chemical biology) at McMaster University. He worked with the Saravanamuttu (McMaster University) and Aizenberg group (Harvard University) in developing reversibly self-trapping hydrogel systems. He started his PhD work in the fall of 2015 in the MacLachlan group working on cellulose-based nanomaterials. His work focuses on understanding the self-assembly process in developing cellulose nanocrystal films. Andy enjoys searching for new restaurants to try all around Vancouver! He especially enjoys trying new styles of ramen and instant noodles.

Yitao Xu

Yitao Xu was born in Shantou, a beautiful seaside city in China. He completed his BSc in Materials Chemistry at South China Agricultural University and got his Master degree in Materials Engineering at University of Science and Technology of China. In 2016, he got a chance to join the MacLachlan group at UBC. Yitao enjoys badminton, football, traveling, animations and WAR3 in his spare time.

Mohammad Chaudhry

Mohammad (Mo) is from Toronto, Ontario. He completed his BSc in chemistry at Ryerson University, during which he was a member of the Koivisto (organic dye-sensitized solar-cells) and Viirre (stereoselective catalysis) groups. In 2016 he decided to leave Toronto and move across the country to beautiful Vancouver to start his PhD in the MacLachlan group. Aside from chemistry, He is enthusiastic about playing tennis, cooking, bird watching, and socks with interesting designs and patterns.

Francesco D'Acierno

Francesco D'Acierno was born and raised in Turin, Italy. He completed his BSc in Materials Science at Universita degli Studi di Torino (2013). He was admitted in the MaMaSELF program (Master in Materials Science Exploiting Large-scale Facility), a two-year Erasmus Mundus project funded by the European Commission. In this frame he completed a MSc in Geochemistry & Geomaterials at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, in collaboration with Technische Universitat Munchen (2015) and an additional MSc in Chemistry, Materials & Processes for Energy and Sustainable Development at Universite de Montpellier (2015), as well as an extensive training on large-scale facilities (nuclear reactors, synchrotrons, etc.). He was also a Visitor Scholar at the Department of Physics at University of Connecticut (2015), developing his thesis and other parallel research projects. He began his PhD in Sept 2016 in Chemistry at UBC, under the supervision of Prof. Michal and Prof. MacLachlan. His work concerns the investigation and the improvement of the thermal stability of cellulose nanocrystals and filaments. During his free time, he loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading, learning new languages and explore undiscovered areas in Vancouver and the World.

Mai Nozaki

Mai was born in Kanazawa, Japan. She is a Graduate student in the Maeda group at Kanazawa University. She joined the MacLachlan group in August 2018 to work on the development of chiral separation materials. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, hot springs and bedrock baths in her free time.

Dongjie Zhang

Dongjie was born in a small county called Rongcheng (now called Xiong'an New District since 2017). She went to Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin to learn Polymer Materials and Engineering, and completed her BSc degree in 2014. She then continued to do her PhD work at the same school. In October 2018, she joined the MacLachlan group as a visiting student. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, reading, talking, and watching some TV shows.

Jeanette Loos

Jeanette was born in Germany (she is half Polish, half German) and grew up living in England, the USA and Germany. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in 2018, with an exchange year in Hong Kong. She decided to move across the Atlantic Ocean to start her PhD in the MacLachlan group, where she is working on molecular gels. Her hobbies include travelling, reading, hiking and food.

Madhureeta Das Gupta

Born and raised in India, Madhureeta completed an Integrated M.Sc. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where she worked on metal-organic frameworks for her masters project. Having fallen in love with Canada during a summer internship at the University of Alberta, she moved to Vancouver in 2018 to start her PhD in the MacLachlan group where she's working on gelation of nanocrystalline cellulose. When not in the lab, Madhureeta enjoys exploring around the city and reading novels. She loves cats, dogs and Harry Potter!

Siad Wolff

Siad was born and raised in Berlin where he also started in his studies in chemistry at the Humboldt University. In 2017 he finished his BSc at the Braun group studying heterogenous Pt-catalysts employing Lewis acidic aluminum halides as support. During his master studies he took a job as an undergraduate assistant in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry at the Limberg group. Bored by Berlin he decided to spend some time aboard before finishing his master thesis. Animated by his colleague and our former member Fabian, he joined our group for a project under supervision of Miguel. When he is not in the lab, he loves to do sport, especially badminton, and to travel around.

Josh White

Josh was born in Portsmouth, England. He is a visiting international student pursuing a master's degree at The University of Southampton. He joined the MacLachlan group in July 2018 to work on fabricating and designing metal oxide@polymer core-shell superlattices. He enjoys playing basketball, cycling, camping, and hiking in his spare time.

Leslie Liu

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Leslie is currently completing her 4th year BSc in chemistry at UBC. She has travelled to many different cities across North America for research opportunities and co-op placements. Leslie has completed summer internships at the National Research Council in Ottawa with Dr. Linda Johnston and Polytechnique Montreal with Dr. Fabio Cicoira. She also spent a year working in the analytical department at Cytec Solvay, a chemical company in the United States, through the UBC co-op program. In the MacLachlan group, Leslie is working on using chitin nanocrystals to develop novel dental polymers. In her spare time, she loves running, hiking, playing the piano, and trying out new restaurants.

Group Alumni

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
Guus Aalbers
Orla O'Keeffe
Pavan Kumar Vanama 2015 - 2017 (Post-doc)
Andrea Terpstra 2017 PhD
Anna-Lena Oeschle 2017 (Visitor) Graduate Studies, Robert Bosch GmbH
Ryutaro Ohashi 2017 (Post-doc) Assistant Professor (Kanazawa University)
Cheuk Wai Leung 2017 (Visitor) Student, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Jessica Li 2017 Summer
Joseph Ho 2017 Summer
Elyse Arsenault 2017 Summer
Hessam Mehr 2017 PhD Health Canada
Ryan Andrews 2017 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Dorothy Tang 2017 (CHEM 449)
Takayuki Hiratani 2015 - 2017 (Post-doc) Researcher at Canon (Tokyo)
Jan Ole Kaufmann 2017 MSc Thesis Student, Technical University of Berlin
Zhengyu Chen 2017 PhD Researcher at TC Chemicals (Edmonton)
Charlotte Koschnick 2016 MSc Thesis Graduate Studies, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
Matthias Spengler 2016 MSc Thesis Student, University of Duisburg-Essen
Hannah Depmeier 2016 Undergrad Lab Course Student, RWTH Aachen University
Eric Hsiao 2016 Summer
Jun Yang 2015 - 2016 (Post-doc) Associate Professor (Beijing Forestry University)
Keegan Adair 2016 Summer Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo
Georg Meseck 2015 - 2016 (Post-doc) DSM Nutirional Products
Erlantz Lizunda 2016 (Post-doc) Associate Professor (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Fabian Beckmann 2016 Undergrad Lab Course PhD Student, Humboldt University (Berlin)
Hantao Yuan 2016 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, New York University
Ruilin Liang 2016 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Waterloo
Greg Gibson 2014 - 2016 (Post-doc) Regular Faculty (Douglas College)
Zhe Xu 2015 Summer Graduate Studies, New York University
Susan Vickers 2009 - 2015 PhD Postdoctoral researcher at ScienceWorld
Miguel Angel Soto Munoz 2015 (Exchange)
Alex Pi 2015 Summer
Katarina Schwab 2015 Summer
Javad Mirzaei 2015 (Post-doc) Lecturer (Alexander College)
Vitor Zamarion 2014 - 2015 (Post-doc) Assisstant Professor (University of Sao Paulo)
Nicholas White 2013 - 2015 (Post-doc) Lecturer (Australia National University)
Kamal Khan 2011 - 2015 (Post-doc) Materials Scientist at Aspect Biotech
Antoine Hoste 2015 (Exchange) Undergraduate Studies, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris
Mahboobeh Maghami 2015 (Visitor)
Lichen Ni 2015 MSc
Loryn Arnett 2015 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (M. Winnik)
Ian Johnston 2015 (CHEM 449) Research Technologist at StemCell
Lina Blusch 2013 - 2015 (Post-doc) Research Coordinator (Science Manager), Technical University of Darmstadt
Amber Shukaliak 2014 MSc Lab Supervisor (Capilano University)
Maik Schlesinger 2013 - 2014 (Post-doc) BASF
Hiroya Oshima 2014 (Visitor)
Hans Yang 2014 Summer
Angela Crane 2014 PhD Instructor (University of British Columbia)
Michael Giese 2012 - 2014 (Post-doc) Junior Professor (University of Duisburg, Essen)
Jamie Roberts 2014 (Co-op) Undergraduate Studies, University of Bristol
Joel Kelly 2011 - 2014 (Post-doc) BC Research
Stephanie Bishop 2014 (RLE student) Teaching in Spain
Harumi Takasaki 2014 Summer Chemist at IntelliSyn R&D
Jamie Roberts 2014 (CHEM 449)
Joel Kelly 2011 - 2014 (Post-doc) BC Research Inc.
Kasumi Nakamura 2014 (Visitor)
Clement Cheung 2013 MSc Aquinox Pharmaceuticals
Dagny Ullmann 2013 (Visitor) Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia
Gomathi Anandhanatarajan 2010 - 2013 (Post-Doc) Assistant Professor (Mahindra Ecole Centrale, India)
Tim Krappitz 2013 (Visitor) RWTH Aachen
Lisa Weigand 2013 (Visitor) RWTH Aachen
Paloma Prieto 2013 Summer
Jason Chen 2013 Summer
Candy Cheung 2013 (Co-op) Undergraduate Studies, University of British Columbia
Prof. Katsuya Fukuyama 2012 - 2013 (Sabbatical) Meiji Gakuin University
Annabelle Wong 2012 - 2013 (CHEM 449) 3M
Marcus Farnfield 2012 - 2013 (Co-op) Undergraduate Studies, University of Bristol
Marcus Yu 2012 (Co-op) Water Treatment Engineer at Golder
Qian Liang 2011 - 2012 (Visitor) Post-doctoral Fellow, Changzhou University (Chemical Engineering)
Joanna De Witt 2012 MSc Chemistry Instructor (Columbia College)
Joe Ahn 2012 Summer Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University
Susan Cheng 2012 Summer Undergraduate Studies, University of British Columbia
Tomoki Shimata 2012 Visitor
Dayle Larson 2011 - 2012 (CHEM 449)
Kevin Shopsowitz 2012 PhD NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, MIT (Chemical Engineering)
Stanley Shi Delun 2011 (Co-op)
Simon Law 2011 (Co-op) Japan
Emily Hopkins 2011 Summer Undergraduate Studies, University of British Columbia
Elaine Wong 2011 (Summer)
Dr. Xavier Roy 2011 PhD Assistant Professor (Columbia University)
Joseph Hui 2010 PhD JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow, Kyushu University (N. Kimizuka)
Dr. Peter Frischmann 2010 PhD JCESR Post-docotoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Jian Jiang 2010 PhD Job searching
Alex Stahl 2010 Summer Undergraduate Studies, University of Toronto
Dr. Joseph Hui 2010 PhD JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow, Kyushu University (N. Kimizuka)
Si Rim Kim 2010 - 2011 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Calgary
Alexandre Provencal 2009 MSc Education, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jonathan Chong 2009 PhD Associate, Norton Rose Fullbright, Montreal
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, Ciceco University Aveiro (Portugal)
Anthony Bryson 2008 Summer Medical School, University of British Columbia
Travis Schwantje 2008 Summer Undergraduate Studies, University of Victoria
Dr. Alfred Leung 2008 PhD Assistant Research Officer (NRC Biotechnology Research Inst., Montreal)
Dr. Ago Pietrangelo 2008 PhD Assistant Professor (Rutgers University)
Sergio Ponsico 2008 (Exchange) PhD Student, Tarragona, Spain
James Zhou 2008 (Co-op) MSc Student, Simon Fraser University (B. Gates)
Matthew MacLennan 2008 -2009 Education, University of British Columbia
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 Studies, National University of Singapore
Clark Funnell 2007 Summer
Prof. Francesco Lelj 2007 - 2008 (Sabbatical) Universita della Bascilicata, Potenza, Italy
Raymond Tabeshi 2007 - 2008 (CHEM 449) Medical School, University of British Columbia
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
Chris Dart 2005 Summer Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba (Biochemistry)
Katherine Jardine 2005 Summer (NSERC) Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (M. Winnik)
Richard Zhen 2005 - 2006 Undergraduate Studies, National University of Singapore
Cindy Wu 2005 - 2006 (CHEM 449) Education, University of British Columbia
Charles Sang 2005 - 2006 Undergraduate Studies, National University of Singapore
Zhe Wang 2004 Summer Financial Auditor (Deloitte Touche, LLP, New York)
Dr. Amir Abdolmaleki 2004 - 2005 (Visitor) Associate Professor (Isfahan University of Technology)
Michael Yun 2004 - 2005 (CHEM 449) Law School, University of British Columbia
Keith Chan 2003 Undergraduate Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia (Biology)
Inhee Cho 2003 Summer Graduate Studies, Simon Fraser University
Charles Yeung 2003 Summer (NSERC) Post-doctoral Fellow, Harvard
Tom Hsieh 2003 Undergraduate Graduate Studies, University of Toronto (Vy Dong)
Lucie Norel 2003 - 2004 (Exchange) Assistant Professor (University of Rennes, France)
Andy Lo 2003 - 2004 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Alberta (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
Laura Marcu 2001 Summer
Lawrence Vanderark 2001 - 2002 (CHEM 449) Graduate Studies, University of Bristol (I. Manners)