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Congrats to Jordan, Ekadashi and Toby!

Their work entitled, Bis(pentafluorophenyl)phenothiazylborane – an intramolecular frustrated Lewis pair catalyst for stannane dehydrocoupling, was published in Dalton Transactions!

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Our industrial collaborations were recently highlighted in y-file!

The lab has recently been awarded an NSERC CRD grant with Inkbox worth $450,000 to further the development of semi-permanent tattoo technologies.

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Fall 2019 Team

Latest News

March 2020 – Congrats to Jordan and our computational collaborators Ekadashi and Toby for their nice work on the Lewis acidic bis(pentafluorophenyl)phenothiazylborane published today in Dalton Transactions! https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/DT/D0DT00506A#!divAbstract

Fall 2019 – A lot has been going on in the lab recently! We welcome Dr. Andryj Borys-Smith to the lab who will undertake postdoctoral studies in the group in collaboration with Prof. Baumgartner.

There are also three new graduate students, we welcome back Lucas Torres, also Selvyn Simoes and Amy Laturski join the team!

Finally, we welcome two CHEM4000 Thesis students, Charley Garrard and Dylan James. We also say goodbye to Zihao Li, who was a visiting student from Hunan China through the Mitacs Globallink program.

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Highlighted Publications

A Simple and Effective Method of Determining Lewis Acidity Using Fluorescence

[23] Gaffen, J.R., Bentley, J.N., Torres, L.C., Chu, C., Baumgartner, T., Caputo, C.B.

Lewis Acidity of Organofluorophosphonium Salts: Hydrodefluorination by a Saturated Acceptor

[12] Caputo, C.B., Hounjet, L.J., Dobrovetsky, R., Stephan, D.W.

Dr. Christopher Caputo


Chris was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and received an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Windsor in 2010

  • 2018
    John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry
    Council of Ontario Universities
  • 2017
    Tier II Canada Research Chair
    Canada Research Chairs Program

Group Members (the most important part)

Lucas Torres

M.Sc. Student

Selvyn Simoes

Ph.D. Student

Fiona Jeeva

M.Sc. Student