NSERC CREATE and Specialized Graduate Programs

Veinot ATUMS Students

Alyx Aarbo

Alyx Aarbo

I was born in Victoria, B.C.. When I was little I moved around quite a bit, but I spent my high school days in a small town called Elk Point. I did my B.Sc. in Chemistry at King’s University in Edmonton. My research is focused on using silicon nanocrystals as catalysts and combining them with metals to see what other properties emerge. In my free time I enjoy reading books, traveling, watching movies (especially Disney movies), and playing sports/games.

Email: aarbo[at]ualberta.ca




Chris Robidillo

I'm from the island nation of the Philippines. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of the Philippines Manila and my Master's degree in Chemistry from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. I previously worked with carbohydrate-encapsulated gold nanoparticles and used them for probing multivalent carbohydrate-protein interactions. Now, I'm part of the Veinot group where my research will primarily involve the fabrication of functional hybrid nanomaterials. When not hanging out with friends, I can just usually be found comfortably settled in my room getting my self lost in a good book.


Email: robidill[at]ualberta.ca


Emmett (Haoyang) Yu

I was born in China, and I studied abroad for my B.Sc. degree at Carleton University in 2011. In September of 2015 I started graduate studies at the U of A and joined the Veinot group. I am now working on the synthesis and functionalization of very rarely explored germanium and related nanoparticles. When I am not busy in school, I like hiking and exploring landscapes with my camera. Edmonton is a very nice place; the Rockies are close by and you have the chance to watch the excitation of atmospheric constituents emits light of varying colors at night (I mean the aurora).

Email: hy1[at]ualberta.ca 




Yingjie HeYingjie He (Jay)

I grew up in Hunan, China before I came to University of Alberta for my undergraduate studies. I chose to stay at UofA for my graduate studies because I’m familiar with the environment and people here and I really like the Veinot group’s versatile research direction. Right now, my research interest lies in developing catalyst for Zn-air battery. In my spare time I love reading novels and watching high quality TV shows.

Email: yingjie3[at]ualberta.ca 




Sarah MillikenSarah Milliken

I joined the Veinot group in September of 2017. I earned my BSc. at the University of Waterloo in a co-operative Chemistry program with a Materials specialization. My previous research involved paper substrates for SERS and Au NR superlattice for SERS detection of cannabinol. As a graduate student in the Veinot group I am interested in hybrid and doped nanomaterials for use in catalysis, imaging and therapy. In my free time I like to spend time with friends, explore Edmonton, play games or read a good book.

Email: smillike[at]ualberta.ca 




Kevin OKevin O'Connor

I am originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and I completed my B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 2018. The University of Alberta hosts some of the field leading faculty in materials science and I’ve since moved to Edmonton to join the Veinot group. I’m interested in developing silicon nanoparticles as materials for alternative ion-based battery anodes and metamaterials. I enjoy traveling, board games and playing ice hockey on the Chemistry Graduate Student team.

Email: kmoconno[at]ualberta.ca 

Emily CheongI Teng (Emily) Cheong

I grew up in Macau SAR, China and completed my bachelors degree at the University of Alberta. I am continuing my graduate studies in the Veinot group (joined Sept 2018) because of the great people and the accessible resources (e.g. NanoFab, ATUMS, etc.). I am interested in studying applications of nanomaterial hybrids. When not in the lab, I enjoy cooking with friends and traveling to learn about different cultures.

Email: iteng[at]ualberta.ca 




Amber LiAmber Li

Born and raised in Zhejiang, China, Ziqi received her B.Sc in chemistry from the University of Toronto. She has previously researched the surface of the PbS nanocrystals that she was synthesizing via the PbCl (Cademartiri/Weidman) route. Now pursuing her Master Degree here in Edmonton, she is currently working on the functionalization of silicon nanocrystals with elastic proteins. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading novels and being terrible at cooking.

Email: ziqi14[at]ualberta.ca 




Martin NiMartin (Chuyi) Ni

I was born in Changsha, Hunan, China and I finished my B.Sc. Degree at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. I think UofA is a great university to study and pursue my Ph.D. degree. I joined the Veinot group in 2019 and my previous research revolved around nanomaterials especially perovskite. Now I want to explore more in the area of nanomaterials and solid-state NMR. Besides chemistry, I like playing sports and games with my friends

Email: cn2[at]ualberta.ca 




Riley HooperRiley Hooper

I’m Riley and I am a joint PhD student in the Michaelis and Veinot research groups. I am originally from Wallaceburg, a small town in southern Ontario and obtained an Honors Chemical Biology degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2019. I spent some time in the Veinot and Michaelis groups in 2017 in my undergrad as part of the Inorganic Chemistry Exchange, and decided to come back as a graduate student this year. I have previously worked on applying solid-state NMR spectroscopy to Silicon Nanoparticles to understand the atomic structure of these particles and will continue to investigate different syntheses or functionalization methods using ssNMR.

Email: rhooper[at]ualberta.ca