Materials that are designed to change their properties under external stimuli are in great demand. Our group works on the development of two classes of stimuli-responsive materials, such as colorimetric metal ion sensors and high-performance electrochromic materials. We aim to develop materials and methods that utilize these molecular-based materials to improve the reliability of testing for heavy metal ions in the environment and biological systems. For this, we need to explore proper ligands and metal complexes, their ability to form well-packed architectures on appropriate surfaces and tune their intermolecular interactions. We also working on the improving of electronic communication between the support and the ligand and increasing the robustness of the surface-anchoring groups.

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Available Positions

We are looking for creative and talented students to join us. Research students will be exposed to diverse and interdisciplinary research activities and will gain a theoretical and practical education in various areas, such as organic and organometallic chemistry, materials and surface science.


Dr. Olena Zenkina University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4 Science Building, Room 2020

phone: 905.721.8668 ext. 3644