A chemist emerged from the boy who used to read the ingredient labels on detergents and medicines. Soon he would be burning the midnight oil as a pharmacist and studying chemistry by day. Little did he know that polymers and hybrid materials would take him from Scandinavia all the way to Vinland.
Do not expose him to bright light or sunlight, do not let him get wet, and never feed him after midnight. Break the rules at your own risk. Scientific interests focus on synthesis and characterization of new materials for organic electronics.
Anindya joined the Lessard group as a postdoctoral fellow in Sept 2019, following his doctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan. His academic interest is synthesizing and exploring new materials for organic electronics. As a hobby, Anindya loves cooking Bengali (East Indian) dishes and enjoys introducing others to Bengali cuisines.
Owen Melville (Ph.D. Candidate)
Virgo. Year of the Rabbit. INTP. Blood type O+. Ravenclaw. Both a cat and a dog person. Once had his ear pierced for one month. Keeps misplacing his iron ring. Academic interests include electronic properties of materials, programming, and being sceptical. Hobbies include board/card games, playing guitar, and eating all the pizza.
Marie est fan d'animaux et de voyages. Apres la France, l'Angleterre et l'Australie, son amour pour les sciences a mené ses nouvelles aventures au Canada. Espérons qu'elle résiste aux glaciales températures!
Nicholas Boileau (Ph.D. Candidate)
Nic wanted to become an NHL goalie like every good Canadian boy, but Engineering seems to have won out...
Brendan Mirka (Ph.D. Candidate)
Brendan used to work as a janitor at the university, until Benoit caught him solving math equations on the blackboard. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with Ben Affleck and watching Patriots' games.
Mikhail (Mike) Vorona (Ph.D. Candidate)
Addicted to coffee, comedy and good movies. Mike used to wrestle and box avidly, but now his pastime is cooking and feeding his friends instead of fighting them. Chemical engineering is basically cooking things you cant eat, so he is in the right place!
Chithiravel Sundaresan (PhD Student)
Chiti enjoys reading books, cooking and playing table tennis. He obtained MSc physics from Bharathiar University, India. His research interest is on flexible electronic devices and interface study in organic solar cell. He also works at the National research council, Canada (NRC Ottawa). Co-supervised with Dr. Ye Tao.
Mario, as his name suggests, is a Nintendo enthusiast. He is Brazilian and moved from the harsh summer to Canada’s cozy winter, in hopes to create great OPVs. Scientific interests focus on solar energy, materials development and nanotechnology
Zachary John Comeau (Ph.D. Candidate)
Zach likes cooking, lifting, hunting moose and having two bosses.
Sam's love of cats is rivaled only by her love of science. These might both be caused by brain parasites, but we may never know. If science and engineering don't pan out, she has a promising backup career in collecting empties from the neighbours' garbage with her shopping cart full of cats.
Mathieu Tousignant (Ph.D. Student)
Mat used to aimlessly wander the halls of the University of Ottawa searching for his own maniacal doomsday lab. But, one day he had the chance to work in Dr.Lessards lab, he found the chemistry was great so he’s been there ever since!
Kaitlin Wagner (M.A.Sc. Student)
Kaitlin is too pale to absorb sunlight, so maybe her OPVs can do a better job.
Rose Cranston (M.A.Sc. Student)
Rose originally registered for chemical engineering after reading Primo Levi's "The Periodic Table" and was disappointed to learn that chemical engineering did not involve writing autobiographies. Rose has not quite moved past her love of books but has found interest in organic electronics.
Ben King (M.A.Sc. Student)
When Ben isn't found in the lab enjoying the smell of Acetone, he can be found listening to jazz music and making terrible puns. His favourite apparatus is the NMR machine; something about it seems to resonate with him.
Dominique Lefebvre (Undergrad)
Chemical engineering student by day, serial chocolate eater by night. You will most likely find Dominique in CBY winning arguments about next week’s Unit Ops assignment. If you can’t find her there, don’t worry! She’s off chasing that elusive iron ring!
Nicholas Dallaire (Undergrad)
Nick also named the modern prometheus, is a physicist who is stitching up the OTFTs together in order to build a sort of monstrous contraption. The physicist can be found late at night in the dimly lit lab, surrounded by tesla coils, shouting “IT’S ALIVE! IT’S ALIVE!”.