CREATE Graduate Training Programs

Rivard ATUMS Students

Matt Roy

Matthew Roy

I was born in 1992 in the small but beautiful city of Fredericton, New Brunswick. I completed my B.Sc. at the University of New Brunswick in 2014. It was then that I decided to move to the unbelievably flat, hare covered city of Edmonton to join the Rivard group! In my spare time I can be found at any of the fine licensed establishments that Edmonton has to offer.

Email: mmroy[at]



Sarah Parke

Sarah Parke

I am from Kelowna, B.C. and I completed my B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. I like to paint, draw, read and bike in my spare time. I have just moved to Edmonton to join the Rivard group to complete my graduate studies and I am very excited to be working on the bismuth project.

Email: sparke[at]




Chrissy Braun

Chrissy Braun

Hi, I am Chrissy and I am from a small town in southwestern Ontario called Straffordville. I obtained my B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, but I also spent a term abroad at the University of Leeds in the UK. Besides chemistry, travelling is my passion. The countries I have visited so far include the US, Nicaragua, the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France. Now I’m in Edmonton and I am very excited to live (relatively) close to the stunning, wild-life abundant Rocky Mountains, and of course to do some tellurium chemistry!

Email: cbraun[at]



William Delgado

William Delgado

I was born in Bucaramanga, a small city from the north east in Colombia, sometimes called “City of Parks” or “Colombia’s Beautiful City”. There I grew up and did my undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the Industrial University of Santander. I then worked in the flavour and essence industry for many years, which gave me the opportunity to know and experience the smell and taste of molecules (literally) and gain experience in chromatographic and mass spectrometric analysis. After that, I travelled to Mexico, D.F. where I finished my M.Sc. at the National Autonomous University of Mexico working on a damping material made from polyurethane. I joined the Rivard group in the Fall of 2011 and I am studying the synthesis of polymers with special conductive properties. 

Email: torresde[at]



Anindya SwarnakarAnindya Swarnakar

I was born in West Bengal (India) in 1990. I spent my whole childhood in a very small town in West Bengal. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Kalyani. Then I moved to Mumbai where I completed an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I started my graduate journey at the University of Alberta in September of 2012 and I have started working in main group chemistry. In my spare time I like to listen to music and watch movies.

Email: swarnaka[at]




Jocelyn Sinlair

Jocelyn Sinclair

I grew up in the bustling suburban metropolis of Mississauga ON before moving eastward to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax for my BSc. Now I've traded a true ocean for oceans of grass by coming out to U of A. I'm starting my graduate studies in the Rivard group and am excited to be working on bridging the gap from molecular compounds to functionalized nanoparticles. Outside the lab, you can find me lurking around local bookstores, theatres, and hiking trails, or desperately trying to hitch a ride out to the mountains. 

Email: si5[at]




Ian Watson

I am originally from London, Ontario. I completed my undergrad at the University of Guelph where I did some research in Michael Denk’s lab. After chatting with several professors here at U of A, I decided on joining the Rivard group. I am thrilled to be here and I am excited about my location and the chemistry. In my spare time I love to hike, camp, and otherwise explore nature. Thankfully, I am relatively close to one of the best places in the world for all of those things!  


Email: watson[at]



Bruno Luppi

I was born in São Bernardo, in the outskirts of the biggest city in Brazil. I completed my B.Sc. at the University of Campinas in 2015 after an exchange program at the University of Toronto, which sparked my interest for Canada and its multicultural population. After graduating, I was looking for a new and exciting area of research and found out about the highly interdisciplinary tellurium projects with photovoltaic applications in the Rivard group! I have experience in different areas such as polymer processing, industrial scale research and environmental risk assessment and I am hoping to able to bring my skills and some more Brazilian knowledge into the group. In my spare time, I can be found listening to rock songs or watching the Toronto Raptors play.


Email: luppi[at]