Horton Group, March 2013: (l-r) Alyza Azmi, Ruba Arjumand, Hugh Horton, Iraklii Ebralidze, Mohammad Hanif


Horton Group Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Guoliang Chen, Scanning probe microscopy of particles and thin films, 1997-1999.
    Assistant Professor, University of Hainan, China

    ●  Kevin McEleney, Pd catalysis 2008 - 2009. Instrument Manager, Manitoba Institute of Materials, Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba


  • Graduate Students

  • Gillian L.G. Goring (M.Sc.), An AFM and Fluorescence spectroscopy study of two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons adsorbed on octadecylsilane self-assembled monolayers, Sept. 1997 – Sept 1999.
    Currently lecturer and research associate, University of Toronto at Scarborough

  • David I. Kreller (Ph.D.), Chemical force microscopy of phosphate and carboxlate adsorption on hydrous iron oxide colloids, Sept 1999 – September 2002.
    Currently Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Georgia Southern University

  • Rongzhu Wang (M.Sc.), Studies of the nanomechanical properties of silver and amorphous semiconductor thin films, Sept. 1999 – Sept 2001
    Currently Technical Officer, NRC, Institute for Microstructural Studies, Ottawa

  • Jingxin Li (M.Sc.), Chemical force microscopy of self-assembled monolayers on mica, Sept. 1999 - Sept 2001.
    Risk Management Specialist, Bank of Montreal; currently Financial Manager, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Alina Logatcheva (M.Sc.), Nanoindentation studies of self-assembled monolayers, September 2001 – March 2003
    Currently lecturer at community college in Windsor. ON

  • Yanfang (Jana) Liang (M.Sc.), Benzoic and phenolic interactions with colloidal metal oxides, Sept. 2002 – Sept. 2004
    Maternity leave; PhD student at York University from Sept 2007

  • Lu Chen (M.Sc.), Chemical force microscopy of amino acid-derivatised surfaces, Sept 2002 – Sept 2004. Currently
    PhD student, University of Toronto

  • Vishya Goel (M.Sc.), Chemical force microscopy of amino acid-derivatised surfaces, Sept 2004 – Aug 2006.
    Currently PhD student, McGill University

  • Sorin Nita (M.Sc, Ph.D.), Chemical force microscopy of chiral molecules on surfaces, Sept. 2001 – Sept. 2003 (M.Sc.); Sept. 2003 – Jun 2008 (Ph.D.)
    Currently Lecturer, Keyano College, Ft. McMurray, Alberta

  • Dan Wang (M.Sc.), Fluorination of PDMS and fluorous interactions, June 2006 – present
    Currently Research Scientist, Abbott Point of Care, Ottawa, ON

  • Geoffrey Nelson (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Surface modification of PMMA, Summer student 2005, Fourth year project student 2005-06, M.Sc. Sept. 2006 – Aug. 2008.
    Currently Ph.D. student, Hertford College, Oxford

    ●  2008 - 2010     Ying Lau (M.Sc.), Surface interactions of switchable surfactants Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia

    ●  2006 - 2011     Peiling Sun (Ph.D.), Surface interactions of phenolic and fluorous interfaces, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Alberta


    Undergraduate Students

  • Sandeep Bajaj (B.Sc.) Setting up surface science lab, Summer 1997.
    Engineer at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON

  • Christopher Freure (B.Sc.) Examination of solvent interactions at the surface of poly(ethyleneterepthalate) films, 1997-1998.
    High school teacher, St. Catharine’s Ontario.

  • Steve Moore (B.Sc.) Synthesis of GeS2 and silver films and their characterisation using scanning probe microscopy, 1997-1998.
    M.Sc., University of Alberta.

  • Kirsten Wallace (B.Sc.) FTIR-ATR studies of polymer and self-assembled films, Summer 1998.
    Obtained B.Ed., was teaching in Japan

  • Andrew Zur (B.Sc.) Kinetics of photo-induced oxidation of Ge-S films, 1998-1999.
    LL.B., University of Toronto Law School.

  • Graham Gibson (B.Sc.) AFM studies of self-assembled monolayers, Summer 1999, 2000.
    Obtained Ph.D. from Queen’s (with Stan Brown), Governor-General Gold Medal, currently postdoctoral fellow

  • Eddy Shum (B.Sc.) Producing chemically modified AFM tips for chemical force microscopy, 1999-2000.
  • Julie Schmidt (B.Sc.) Chemical force microscopy, 2000-2001.
    B.Ed., Queen’s University.

  • Sameer Advani (B.Sc.) Physical Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum Development, Summer 2001.
    Obtained B.Sc.

  • Zamin Kanji (B.Sc.) CFM of phosphate monolayers, Summers 2000, 2001
    Ph.D. at University of Toronto

  • Tom Bedford (B.Sc.) AFM studies of self-assembled monolayers, Summer 2002.
    Chemical sales rep in Toronto.

  • Qinzheng Tiang (B.Sc.) CFM studies of some derivatised venzene thiols, Summer 2003.
    Moved to Duke University to complete B.Sc.

  • Ezra de Leon (B.Sc.) Relative energies of dihaloethanes using a computational chemistry approach, 2003 – 2004.
    Completed B.Sc.

  • Mark Mohamed (B.Sc.) Pi Stacking of biaryl systems, Summer 2004.
    Ph.D. at Queen’s (with Stan Brown).

  • Andrew Burke (B.Sc.) Interactions of CSP and propranolol, Summer 2004.
    Medical school, University of Western Ontario.

  • Lauren Kimball (B.Sc.) Surface assembly of propranolol derivatives, Summer 2004.
    Obtained B.Sc.

  • Leanna Yue (B.Sc.) Adsorption on aluminum oxide substrates, Summer 2007.
    Completing B.Sc.; recently admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School.

  • Sabine Weyand (B.Sc.) Chemical force titrations of cysteins SAMs, Summer 2007.
    Completing B.Sc.; recently admitted to graduate school at U of Calgary, U of Toronto.

  • Brenna Swift (B.Sc.) Adhesion interactions on fluorinated polymers, Summer 2007.
    Completing B.Sc.; grad studies at the University of Toronto

  • Alex Rousina-Webb (B.Sc.E., NSERC USRA)  Formation of novel carbene-based self assembled monolayers 2012

  • Alexander Foo (B.Sc.) XPS of model Pd catalysts 2009