Fillion Lab Group Members



            Siawash Ahmar




Siawash (B.Sc., M.Sc., University of Western Ontario) joined the group in Sept 2009. At Western, he worked with Prof. John Corrigan on Ferrocenylmethylchalcogenolate reagents for the preparation of novel group 11/16 polynuclear clusters. His Ph.D. studies in the Fillion group are on new domino reactions of Meldrum’s acid derivatives.



Eric Beaton                 


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Eric (B.Sc., University of Waterloo Ontario) will commence graduate studies in the group as of January 2013. Eric is a veteran of the lab as he has spent two consecutive summers on NSERC USRA in addition to completing his 494 project and most recently working as a research assistant during the fall term. His graduate research will continue to focus on developing new chemistry with Meldrum’s acid derivatives.


Azadeh Kavoosi



Azadeh (B.Sc., Kharazmi University of Tehran; M.Sc., University of Tehran) joined the group in January 2012. At the University of Tehran, she worked on multi-component reactions for the synthesis of coumarinyl furan derivatives. Her Ph.D. studies in the Fillion group will focus on developing new chemistry with Meldrum’s acid derivatives.


Jiaqi Xu                                                                                            


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Jiaqi (B.Sc., University of Hebei; Baoding, China) joined the group in Sept 2011. At Hebei he did his undergraduate research project with Prof. Xiaoliu Li on the synthesis of polyamine conjugated naphthalimide derivatives. His graduate studies in the Fillion group are on new palladium-catalyzed reactions of Meldrum’s acid derivatives.


            Eric Keske:


Eric (B.Sc, University of Western Ontario) is a visiting Ph.D student from the Crudden group at Queen’s University. His work there involves the development of new N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of rhodium. Here he is working on developing new catalytic methods involving Meldrum’s acid.


Current Undergraduate Students



Mengxiu Zheng:        


Mengxiu is conducting her 4th year research project in the lab as part of her undergraduate chemistry 2+2 degree. Her project will focus on developing new chemistry with Meldrum’s acid derivatives.




Former Graduate Students


Ganna Bondarenko

MSc., 2012. “Functionalization of sp3-Hybridized Carbon Centers through Carbon-Carbon σ Bond Cleavage Methods”.


Stuart Mahoney

Ph.D., 2012. “Innovative Methods for the Catalyzed Construction of Carbon-Carbon and Carbon-Hydrogen Bonds”. Stuart will join Prof. John Valliant’s research group at McMaster in February 2013 as a post-doctoral fellow.


Yen Nguyen

She conducted research on the hydrogenolysis of unstrained C-C bonds (2008-2011) and is currently working at Toronto Research Chemicals.


Aaron Dumas                                                                               

Ph.D., 2009. “Development of New Domino Reactions of Alkylidene Meldrum’s Acids Involving Freidel-Crafts Chemistry and Catalytic Conjugate Addition of Alkylidene Meldrum’s Acids”. Aaron will join Prof. Jeffrey Bode’s research group at ETH, Zürich in January 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow.                                                               


Ashraf Wilsily

Ph.D., 2009. “Enantioselective Conjugate Additions to Meldrum’s Acid Acceptors for the Synthesis of Quaternary Centres and Studies on Persistent Intramolecular C-H•••X (X= O, S, Br, Cl, and F) Hydrogen Bonds Involving Benzyl Meldrum’s Acids”. Ash will join Prof. Gregory Fu’s research group at MIT in January 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow.                                                              


Alex Zorzitto      

M.Sc., 2009. “Enantioselective Rh(I)-Catalyzed Conjugate Alkynylation of 5-Benzylidene Meldrum’s Acid with TMS-acetylene”.                                                                            


Jarkko Heikkinen

Jarkko was a visiting student from Finland (University of Oulu) who worked with us on Pd/Al dimetallics. He has returned home to defend his Licensiat, and we hope he will come to his senses and rejoin the group in Waterloo soon.


Dave Moon

M.Sc., 2008. “The Conjugate Addition of Novel Nucleophiles and Catalytic Intramolecular Tandem [1,5]-Hydride Shift/Cyclization and Friedel-Crafts Acylation with Alkylidene Meldrum’s Acid Derivatives”. Dave has joined Dalton Chemical Laboratories in Toronto, ON.


Julie Goll

M.Sc., 2007. “Preparing and Tuning the Reactivity of Palladium Carbenes and an Unusual Catalytic Isomerization of Diphenylcyclopropanes”. Julie is currently undergraduate lab coordinator at the University of Waterloo.


Vincent Trepanier:

Ph.D., 2006. “Development of New Carbon-Carbon Bond-Forming Strategies: Formation and Reactivity of sp3-gem-Organodimetallic Palladium(II)/MRn Alkane Intermediates (MRn=Dialkylalumino, Trialkylstannyl)”. Vince joined the group of Prof. K.C. Nicolaou at the Scripps Research Institute in January 2007 as a post-doctoral fellow.


Anna Remorova

M.Sc., 2005. “Preparation and Reactivity of Palladium/Aluminum sp3-gem-Organodimetallic Alkanes“. She is currently working at Toronto Research Chemicals.


Dan Fishlock

Ph.D., 2005. “The Catalytic Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Meldrum's Acid Derivatives and The Total Synthesis of Taiwaniaquinol B”. Dan completed his Ph.D in the summer of 2005 and then conducted research with Prof. Robert M. Williams at Colorado State University. In August 2007 he will join Roche Palo Alto LLC in California as a scientist in process research and development.


Rachel Beingessner                                                         

M.Sc., 2003.  “Enantioselective Entry into Bicyclo[6.1.0]Nonane-9-Carboxylic Acids via Me2AlOTf-Promoted Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Arenes with 3-Oxa-Bicyclo[3.1.0]Hexan-2-Ones.”  Rachel is now pursuing Ph.D. studies at the University of Ottawa.


Rebekah Carson                                

M.Sc., 2003.  “Investigation into the Preparation and Reactivity of sp3 Geminal Palladium/Aluminum Organodimetallics.”  Rebekah is now at Boehringer Ingelheim, Montreal.


Christopher Ohberg                                                                                           

M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology (LTH).  Chris worked on the fluorescent labelling of naturally occurring oligosaccharides in order to determine the affinity of the galectins to these sugars.  Chris has completed this project and has returned to Sweden to pursue graduate studies.



Former Post-Doctoral Fellows


Jérôme Jacq             

Jérôme worked in the group from Jan. 2010 to Dec. 2010. His studies were focused on the hydrogenolysis of carbon-carbon bonds.


Sébastien Carret

Seb worked in the group from Feb. 2006 to Aug. 2007, and studied the Rh-catalyzed conjugate addition of functionalized organnostannanes to alkylidene Meldrum’s acid. He is currently working at the Université Joseph-Fourier in Grenoble, France.



Former Undergraduate Students


Matt Wawrykow


Magda Karski


Hope Fan


Richard Tran


Tyler Stevanus


Tim Lou


Chan Lau


Miles Anderson


Greg Cole


Jennifer Liu


Jon Hollinger


Tamsyn Sitler


James Nattress


Adam Seed


Lauren Mercier


Tim Rasmusson


Sylvia Hogg


Neil Malhotra


Bryan Kuropatwa


Dale Adebayo                                                                                  


Andrew Martins


Dwayne Dias


Cristina Quinn


Kristin Kirkland


Kim Worsley


Navjot Chahal


Alena Rudolph