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  OUR FACES

CGCC is composed of 53 faculty members and 1 invited researcher who, each year, train students from a wide variety of backgrounds and act as consultants for major companies. Their complementary expertise and scientific excellence translate into an impressive number of honours and awards, publications and invited lectures around the globe. Prospective students or companies are invited to contact any of our members below to discuss a mutual interest.

Co-Directors
Université de Montréal
McGill University
Université Laval
Université de Sherbrooke
Concordia University
Université du Québec à Montréal
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Invited Reseacher










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                   André Charette

                   Chao-Jun Li

                   Shawn Collins

                   Yvan Guindon

                   Garry Hanan

                   Stephen Hanessian

                   Hélène Lebel

                   Robert Lortie

                   William Lubell

                   Joellle Pelletier

                   Sébastien Sauvé

                   Frank Schaper

                   Andreea Schmitzer

                   Alexis Vallée-Bélisle

                   James Wuest

                   Davit Zargarian

                   Bruce Arndtsen

                   Karine Auclair

                   Scott Bohle

                   Tak-Hang Chan

                   Gonzalo Cosa

                   Masad Damha

                   Subhasis Ghoshal

                   James Gleason

                   Tomislav Friščić

                   Peter Lau

                   Jean-Philip Lumb

                   Steve Maguire

                   Zetian Mi

                   Nicolas Moitessier

                   Audrey Moores

                   Robin Rogers

                   Khaled Belkacemi

                   John Boukouvalas

                   Trong-On Do

                   Frédéric Fontaine

                   Safia Hamoudi

                   Maria Iliuta

                   Faïçal Larachi

                   Dominic Larivière

                   Peter McBreen

                   Thierry Ollevier

                   Jean-François Paquin

                   Guillaume Bélanger

                   Claude Legault

                   Jean Lessard

                   Claude Spino

                   Pat Forgione

                   Xavier Ottenwaelder

                   Christopher Wilds

                   Sylvain Canesi

                   Alexandre Gagnon

                   Michèle Prévost

                   Roger Gaudreault

 Co-Directors

CHARETTE, André
Regular Researcher
andre.charette@umontreal.ca

Our research lies primarily in the area of synthetic organic chemistry with a strong focus on the development of new methods for the stereoselective synthesis of organic compounds and natural products.
>> See Web Page


LI, Chao-Jun
Regular Researcher
cj.li@mcgill.ca

Our research is aimed at finding new environmentally-friendly and cost-effective solutions to the impact of industrial chemical processes, with emphasis on the synthesis of biologically important compounds, fine chemicals, and organic materials.
>> See Web Page



 Université de Montréal

COLLINS, Shawn  
Regular Researcher
shawn.collins@umontreal.ca

We develop catalytic asymmetric strategies for the synthesis of chiral intermediates or products typically difficult to access using current technologies.
>> See Web Page


GUINDON, Yvan
Regular Researcher
yvan.guindon@ircm.qc.ca

We focus on the discovery of new synthetic sequences leading to bioactive molecules of interest in the control of inflammation and/or cancer. We also study free-radicals in various stereoselective processes.
>> See Web Page


HANAN, Garry
Regular Researcher
garry.hanan@umontreal.ca

We use organic and inorganic synthesis to create supramolecular assemblies which harvest light energy and transform it into chemical energy by way of artificial photosynthesis and bio-inorganic catalysis.
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HANESSIAN, Stephen
Regular Researcher
stephen.hanessian@umontreal.ca

Our research has a long-standing interest in the design of novel strategies for the total synthesis of antibiotics and natural products. We especially look at the molecular aspects of medicinal chemistry and drug design.
>> See Web Page


LEBEL, Hélène
Regular Researcher
helene.lebel@umontreal.ca

The major aim of our research is to develop new synthetic methodologies in organic chemistry based on transition metal-catalyzed processes that have useful pharmacological properties.
>> See Web Page


LORTIE, Robert
Collaborator
robert.lortie@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca

Our research focuses on the use of enzymes in synthesis, with a strong emphasis on hydrolase-catalyzed condensation reactions in organic or aqueous organic media.
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LUBELL, William
Regular Researcher
william.lubell@umontreal.ca

We study medicinal chemistry and peptide science, with particular interest in the development of new efficient methods for the synthesis of novel structures, such as heterocyles, amino acids, peptides or peptide mimics.
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PELLETIER, Joellle
Collaborator
joelle.pelletier@umontreal.ca

Our group is involved in the modification of enzymatic activities to increase our understanding of enzyme function and toward industrial applications in synthesis.
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SAUVÉ, Sébastien
Collaborator
sebastien.sauve@umontreal.ca

Our research efforts target the means by which chemical speciation can be evaluated in contaminated environments and how this speciation can be linked to biological responses.
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SCHAPER, Frank
Regular Researcher
frank.schaper@umontreal.ca

Our research is focused on the synthesis of organometallic compounds and clusters, their applications in catalysis and as bio-mimetic model systems as well as the determination of the reaction mechanisms involved.
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SCHMITZER, Andreea
Regular Researcher
andreea.schmitzer@umontreal.ca

We combine supramolecular, organic and bioorganic chemistry, with the specific goal of gaining insights into how molecular recognition and motion can be combined for the development of new catalytic systems.
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VALLÉE-BÉLISLE, Alexis
Regular Researcher
a.vallee-belisle@umontreal.ca

The Laboratory of Biosensors & Nanomachines (LBN) task and interests consist in understanding the mechanism of living organism's nanomachines and use this knowledge to drive biotechnological discoveries in the field of diagnostic, drug delivery, and green chemistry.
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WUEST, James
Collaborator
james.d.wuest@umontreal.ca

Our research combines a strong interest in molecular design, synthesis, and structure with elements of supramolecular chemistry, materials science, surface science, crystal engineering, and nanoscience.
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ZARGARIAN, Davit
Regular Researcher
zargarian.davit@umontreal.ca

We synthesize organometallic complexes and probe their fundamental chemistry through reactivity and kinetic studies in order to develop efficient catalytic reactions.
>> See Web Page



 McGill University

ARNDTSEN, Bruce
Regular Researcher
bruce.arndtsen@mcgill.ca

Our research interests are generally directed at the design and discovery of efficient approaches to chemical synthesis and encompass the areas of organic synthesis, organometallic catalysis and methodology development.
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AUCLAIR, Karine
Regular Researcher
karine.auclair@mcgill.ca

The main goal of our research is to understand how enzymes work and how we could facilitate their applications, especially pharmaceutically relevant proteins, such as those related to antibiotic development and resistance and drug metabolism.
>> See Web Page


BOHLE, Scott
Regular Researcher
scott.bohle@mcgill.ca

Our main interests concern unique aspects of the biochemistry in the malaria parasite as well as the amazingly diverse chemical biology of nitric oxide. To answer questions relating to these problems, we use a combination of structural, synthetic, mechanistic, and theoretical approaches.
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CHAN, Tak-Hang
Regular Researcher
tak-hang.chan@mcgill.ca

Our research interests lie in the development of novel organometallic reactions in environmentally clean solvents, which are then applied to the synthesis of natural products. We also focus on medicinal chemistry and synthesize compounds with anticancer, antibacterial or antiviral activities.
>> See Web Page


COSA, Gonzalo
Regular Researcher
gonzalo.cosa@mcgill.ca

Our research activities center on the use of fluorescence-based strategies to achieve better understanding of cellular signaling and function in disease and health as well as to develop faster diagnostics for disease detection.
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DAMHA, Masad
Regular Researcher
masad.damha@mcgill.ca

Our group is interested in the synthesis, biochemical properties and molecular behaviour of nucleic acids and their analogues. One of our goals is to gain a detailed understanding of inter- and intracellular communication between nucleic acids and between nucleic acids and proteins.
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FRIŠČIĆ, Tomislav
Regular Researcher
tomislav.friscic@mcgill.ca

We are developing mechanochemical approaches in which grinding together of reactants with catalytic additives results in the self-assembly of advanced materials.
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GHOSHAL, Subhasis
Regular Researcher
subhasis.ghoshal@mcgill.ca

Our research focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, and the fate and transport of organic compounds, engineered nanoparticles and pathogens in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
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GLEASON, James
Regular Researcher
jim.gleason@mcgill.ca

We are interested in the development of new reaction methodologies, particularly those which form new carbon-carbon bonds in a highly stereoselective fashion. We are also developing methods in the emerging field of dynamic combinatorial chemistry.
>> See Web Page


LAU, Peter
Collaborator
peter.lau@mcgill.ca

Our research team aims to build a strong knowledge base for biocatalyst applications, develop bioproducts and create low-polluting, sustainable industrial processes.
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LUMB, Jean-Philip
Regular Researcher
jean-philip.lumb@mcgill.ca

Our group is interested in improving sustainability in the synthesis and utilization of chemicals. We are identifying new platform chemicals that are derived from renewable resources and developing new chemical transformations that enable their efficient conversion into both small and macromolecules.
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MAGUIRE, Steve
Regular Researcher
steve.maguire@mcgill.ca

The general field of our research is the organization theory and technology evolution (technological change, product substitution, adoption of innovations). We seek to understand what determines the fate of particular products, and how this is influenced by the activities and behaviours of people.
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MI, Zetian
Collaborator
zetian.mi@mcgill.ca

Our group is focused on the investigation of compound semiconductor nanostructures, including quantum dots, nanowires, and nanotubes, and their applications in nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.
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MOITESSIER, Nicolas
Regular Researcher
nicolas.moitessier@mcgill.ca

Our integrated research program utilizes synthetic chemistry as a powerful validating technology in chemical biology and synthetic organic chemistry.
>> See Web Page


MOORES, Audrey
Regular Researcher
audrey.moores@mcgill.ca

We conduct research in the field of catalysis using both heterogeneous and homogeneous approaches. We have a special interest in nanoparticles active in catalysis.
>> See Web Page


ROGERS, Robin
Regular Researcher
Robin.Rogers@mcgill.ca

Our group research interests cover the use of Ionic Liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation and include Materials (advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables), Separations (novel strategies for separation and purification of value added products from biomass), Energy (new lubricant technologies and selective separations), and Medicine (elimination of waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance).
>> See Web Page



 Université Laval

BELKACEMI, Khaled (Deceased)
Regular Researcher
khaled.belkacemi@sga.ulaval.ca

Our research interests mainly focus on the use of heterogeneous catalysis in food chemistry and in the conversion of biomass and food waste.
>> See Web Page


BOUKOUVALAS, John
Regular Researcher
john.boukouvalas@chm.ulaval.ca

We develop new reactions and apply them to the synthesis of biologically active natural products. We also develop new antimalarial and antiviral drugs.
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DO, Trong-On
Regular Researcher
trong-on.do@gch.ulaval.ca

Our research mainly lies in the field of catalysis: heterogeneous catalysis (zeoliths and mesoporous molecular sieve), isolated and supported nanoparticules, environmental catalysis, to name but a few projects.
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FONTAINE, Frédéric
Regular Researcher
frederic.fontaine@chm.ulaval.ca

Our group in interested in the development of new organometallic compounds and the study of their reactivity in the activation and functionalization of inert substrates, such as saturated alkanes C-H and C-C bonds or molecular nitrogen.
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HAMOUDI, Safia
Regular Researcher
safia.hamoudi@fsaa.ulaval.ca

Our research aims to develop new nanostructured materials and heterogeneous catalysts for applications in wastewater treatment as well as in the conversion of agrifood sub-products into value-added products.
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ILIUTA, Maria-Cornélia
Regular Researcher
maria-cornelia.iliuta@gch.ulaval.ca

Our research priorities are especially directed on gas separations (gas/liquid/solid sorption processes, membranes), CO2 capture from industrial flue gases and sequestration, CO2 valorization to high value products by catalytic hydrogenation, and hydrogen production coupled with in-situ CO2 capture.
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LARACHI, Faïçal
Regular Researcher
faical.larachi@gch.ulaval.ca

Wet oxidation, multiphase reactors and flow metrology are some of the themes we tackle in our research program.
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LARIVIÈRE, Dominic
Regular Researcher
dominic.lariviere@chm.ulaval.ca

Our research aims to understand the chemical processes involved in the distribution of metals and radionuclides and their species in the environment and in biota.
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McBREEN, Peter
Regular Researcher
peter.mcbreen@chm.ulaval.ca

We specialize in molecular surface reactions and develop new chemical methods to manipulate nanostructures at the interface of organometallic and heterogeneous catalysis.
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OLLEVIER, Thierry
Regular Researcher
thierry.ollevier@chm.ulaval.ca

Our research topics focus on the development of new green Lewis acid catalysts derived from iron(II) and bismuth(III), as well as on the design of enantioselective reactions in aqueous media.
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PAQUIN, Jean-François
Regular Researcher
jean-francois.paquin@chm.ulaval.ca

Our main objective is the development of novel synthetic methodologies with an emphasis on the preparation of organofluorine compounds. These new processes based on catalysis and transition metals are then used to synthesize bioactives molecules or compounds with therapeutic interest.
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 Université de Sherbrooke

BÉLANGER, Guillaume
Regular Researcher
guillaume.belanger@usherbrooke.ca

We develop new strategies in organic synthesis. For example, we opt to generate the skeletons of complex polycyclic alkaloids in a single operation through cascades of cyclizations.
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LEGAULT, Claude
Regular Researcher
claude.legault@usherbrooke.ca

Our group develops simple and efficient asymmetric methodologies that will serve as tools to facilitate the work of chemists. Our approach focuses on a dynamic interaction between experimental and computational studies to achieve progress at lower cost and in reduced time.
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LESSARD, Jean
Regular Researcher
jean.lessard@usherbrooke.ca

Our research is internationally recognized in electro-organic synthesis, electrocatalytic hydrogenation reactions, green chemistry and the chemistry of imidyl radicals.
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SPINO, Claude
Regular Researcher
claude.spino@usherbrooke.ca

Our research mainly focuses on the total synthesis of natural and biologically active products isolated from marine and land organisms as well as on the development of new methodologies for generating complex molecules.
>> See Web Page



 Concordia University

FORGIONE, Pat
Regular Researcher
Pat.Forgione@concordia.ca

We develop new methods for the formation of C-C bonds. We employ carboxylic acids and their mimics to create novel reactive groups that improve the current transition-metal based coupling partners. We are also interested in developing novel inhibitors of the Hepatitis C virus.
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OTTENWAELDER, Xavier
Regular Researcher
dr.x@concordia.ca

Our research aims to understand and mimic selected metal-containing enzymes that catalyze complex oxidation reaction, such as the hydroxylation of inert C-H bonds, and to develop new green methods that employ oxygen to carry out oxidative functionalizations on organic substrates.
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WILDS, Christopher
Regular Researcher
Chris.Wilds@concordia.ca

Our group is interested in investigating chemically modified oligonucleotides to probe various biochemical processes. This strategy requires skills in both solution-phase and solid-phase synthesis to prepare DNA duplexes that contain interstrand cross-links.
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 Université du Québec à Montréal

CANESI, Sylvain
Regular Researcher
canesi.sylvain@uqam.ca

Our research aims to develop novel, efficient, and environmentally benign methodology for metal-free, oxidative C-C bond forming reactions, and to apply such techniques to the syntheses of bioactive natural products.
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GAGNON, Alexandre
Regular Researcher
gagnon.alexandre@uqam.ca

Our group is involved in the development of new methodologies for the formation of C-C, C-N and C-O bonds using organometallic species such as organoboranes and organobismuthanes.
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 École Polytechnique de Montréal

PRÉVOST, Michèle
Collaborator
michele.prevost@polymtl.ca

Our research activities are focused on four main themes: biological treatment, disinfection by-products, water quality in distribution systems (regrowth and corrosion), and treatment processes for small communities.
>> See Web Page



 Invited Researcher

GAUDREAULT, Roger
Collaborator
roger.gaudreault@umontreal.ca

Our interest is to study the impact of green chemistry on mitigating Alzheimer-like pathology.
>> See biography and Web Page







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