I was born in Germany although I grew up and live in Canada. Its cold here, but our igloos are warm. I am doing my graduate program at the University of Alberta because of its excellent chemical facilities and friendly professors. My research involves solid-phase synthesis and cross catalysis. We are developing new techniques as well as studying conjugated polymers as potential molecular wires. When I'm away from the lab, I enjoy hitting the gym, grabbing a few beers, and eating sauerkraut.
I decided to join the University of Alberta as a Ph.D. student three years ago due to the great facilities and the high reputation of U of A. My research is on DNA chemical ligation where we are planning to make a self-replicating system using a chemical reaction instead of enzymes. Another part of my studies involves polymerase mediated lesion induced DNA amplification. When I'm not in the lab, I like to go swimming in my spare time and hang out with my friends.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. I came to the University of Alberta to do my graduate studies because I heard the university is well known for its research and I wanted to try living in the western part of Canada to be near the mountains. My research is focused on specific ion effects at silica/aqueous interface using second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation spectroscopy. I hope to learn about how different ions affect the acid-base chemistry of the silica interface and to better understand the adsorption and ordering behaviours of ions/molecules at silica surface under different environmental conditions i.e. pH. In my spare time, I surf the web, read random personal blogs or I walk around campus.