Finding a Supervisor

The Importance of a Supervisor

Choosing a supervisor is one of the most important decisions you'll make in graduate school. They'll be your mentor and adviser, and you'll work together closely throughout your graduate career.

Researching Potential Supervisors

You should select a supervisor with a strong record of research and publication in your area of interest. When looking into potential supervisors for your program, become familiar with the type of research they do and their working style.

  • Read journals or conference papers, and sit in on any presentations.
  • Look on their web site and read their CV. Their publications should give you a sense of the type of research you'd be doing.
  • Talk to their students to get a sense of how you'd fit together.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Contact each of your potential supervisors to discuss your research interests, and see if they would be interested and available. Be sure to ask them about their availability during your graduate program, and whether they're planning any extended absences during that time.

When considering potential supervisors you should talk to several professors before asking one to become your supervisor. Be sure you understand what your prospective supervisor would expect of you as a graduate student.

The department's graduate administrator will be familiar with faculty members' expertise, teaching and research schedules. They'll know how many graduates each person is currently supervising, and can often help you create an initial short list of likely candidates.

Potential Supervisors

Chemical Biology and Biomaterials - click for description

Faculty Member
Research Interests Email Extension
Gillies, Elizabeth Polymers and biomaterials 80223
Hudson, Robert Bioorganic and synthetic chemistry, DNA, RNA, peptide nucleic acids, fluorescence 86349
Luyt, Leonard Probes for molecular imaging, medicinal and bioorganic chemistry 80223
Konermann, Lars Analytical and biophysical chemistry, mass spectrometry, protein structure and function, rapid mixing devices, kinetic measurements, computer simulations 86313
O’Donoghue, Patrick Synthesis of proteins containing atypical amino acids 519-850-2373
Stillman, Martin Metalloproteins; chemistry of Zn, Cd, As, and Hg in biology; iron scavenging by S. aureus; porphyrins and phthalocyanines; metal-thiolate clusters 83821
Yeung, Ken Enabling Miniaturized Protein Analysis using Capillary Electrophoresis and Mass Spectrometry

Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Materials

Faculty Member
Research Interests Email Extension
Baines, Kim Mechanistic organometallic chemistry, organometallic polymers, low-coordinate Si and Ge compounds, interference lithography (with Robert Lipson) 83122
Blacquiere, Johanna Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Ligand Design 81284
Corrigan, John Semiconductor nanoparticles and nanoclusters, materials chemistry, main group chemistry 86387
Gilroy, Joe Inorganic, polymer and materials chemistry 81561
Kerr, Michael Synthesis of natural products, chemistry of heterocycles and cycloaddition reactions 86354
Pagenkopf, Brian Synthetic methods and total synthesis, catalysis, silole-based materials 81430
Puddephatt, Richard Organometallic chemistry, molecular materials, catalysis 86336
Ragogna, Paul Chalcogens, main group and transition metal chemistry, ionophilic materials, cobaltoarenophanes, metallopolymers, superhydrophobic coatings, functional materials 87048
Weedon, Alan Organic Photochemistry 82900
Wisner, James Organic Supramolecular Chemistry Self-Assembly, Templation and Mechanically Bonded Molecules 86864

Materials: Design, Function and Characterization / Energy and Mechanism

Faculty Member
Research Interests Email Extension
Ding, Zhifeng Bioanalytical and materials chemistry, scanning electrochemical microscopy, electrochemiluminescence, raman microspectroscopy 86161
Griffiths, Keith Surface Science 84141
Huang, Yining Characterization of nanoporous and layered inorganic materials by solid-state NMR and vibrational spectroscopy; crystallization of molecular sieves; host-guest interactions in zeolites; behavior of zeolites under high pressures 86384
Lagugné-Labarthet, François Vibrational imaging, confocal microscopy, plasmonics, nanomaterials and Nanofabrication, photonics, polymers 81006
Semenikhin, Oleg Materials, renewable energy, electrochemistry, nanotechnology 82858
Sham, T.K. Synthesis and electronic properties of nanomaterials, heterostructures, surface and interfaces, X-ray spectroscopy, scattering and imaging using synchrotron radiation 86341
Shoesmith, David Electrochemistry and corrosion of materials, kinetics of surface reactions, modelling of surface processes, nuclear waste disposal, corrosion processes on gas pipelines 86366
Song, Yang Materials chemistry, extreme-condition studies, vibrational spectroscopy, synchrotron radiation 86310
Workentin, Mark Materials, photochemistry, organic electrochemistry 86319
Wren, Clara Chemical Kinetics and Transport Phenomena in Radiation-Induced Processes 86339

Theory and Computation

Faculty Member
Research Interests Email Extension
Constas, Styliani Molecular simulations, chemical reactions in solution, dynamics of processes, charged clusters, activated processes, methods for rare events, polymer systems, Monte Carlo methods, molecular dynamics methods 86338
Staroverov, Viktor Quantum chemistry, computational chemistry, density-functional theory 86317

Cross-Appointed Faculty


Faculty Member Research Interests
Choy, James Protein structure & dynamics, intrinsically disordered proteins, protein-protein interaction
Mittler, Silvia Optical bio- and chemo-sensors, integrated optics, gold nanoparticles, evanescent field microscopy on living cells, cell-substrate interactions, optical tweezers, ultrathin films, guest-host interaction, recognition chemistry
Shaw, Gary Biological chemistry; protein folding, structure, and dynamics; NMR spectroscopy



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Darlene McDonald
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Chemistry
Western University
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