See below for comings and goings, degrees, awards,
conference travels, and other milestones in the MAW group!
Check out the Dalhousie-produced video on the
Anatomy of a Snowflake, highlighting our research
on freeze-cast ceramics.
In November, Mary Anne White presented the Atake
Memorial Lecture, "Phase Change Materials
for Thermal Energy Storage" at the 7th International Symposium on the New Frontiers
of Thermal Studies of Materials, Yokohama. While in Japan, Mary Anne visited Toshiba
R&D in Kawasaki,
where she presented a talk, "Recent Advances in Phase Chamge Materials for
Thermal Energy Storage" , and Mino Ceramic Inc.
in Nagoya, where she
presented "New Developments in Porous Ceramics".
Mary Anne White was the 2019 James A. Morrison
Lecturer at the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research at McMaster
University, November 2019. This was a special honour because the late
Professor Jim Morrison was Mary Anne's PhD advisor, and November 2019 marks
40 years since Mary Anne's thesis defence. Mary Anne's research lecture was
entitled "Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage" and her public
lecture was "Sustainable Approaches to Advanced Materials."
Congratulations to Dr. Samer Kahwaji (PDF/Research
Associate, 2014-2019) on starting a position as a Scientist with Solid State Pharma Inc.,
Halifax, in October 2019.
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, "Thermal Properties
of Freeze-Cast Ceramics" at the Global Forum on Advanced Materials for Technology and Sustainable
Development, Toronto, July 2019.
Chemistry from our lab to make fish tags
indicate when a tagged fish has been predated, was
described in an article about tracking endangered salmon on the
For a report on Soapbox Science Halifax 2019, see
Read Mary Anne White's profile on the
1 Million Women in STEM
Read Mary Anne White's blog, My House is Now a
Lab, on the Soapbox Science 2019
Congratulations to John Noël on receipt of his PhD
at Convocation, May 2019. John is the final PhD stuent from our group: the
end of an era.
Dr. Samer Kahwaji presented a poster "Bio-based
Phase Change Materials for Reliable, Cost-effective Thermal Energy Storage,
May 2019, at Atlantic BIOCON 2019, Halifax.
We recently published a paper on the use of
edible oils as practical phase change materials for thermal energy storage.
In this paper, which is freely available to all via open
, we showed that coconut oil, available from a grocery store thermal energy
in buildings, due to its high latent heat (105 J/g) and favourable phase
transition temperature of 24 oC, and stability on thermal
cycling. Such a material can be used to buffer temperature fluctuations in
buildings, and is available to all consumers at a reasonable price.
Congratulations to Dr. Jan Pöhls (PhD 2017), on the
receipt of a PBEEE fellowship from Fonds de recherche Nature et
technologies, from the Quebec government for his work at McGill.
Mary Anne White will be joining women scientists
from around the world, in participating in Soapbox Science 2019
, speaking with the general public about thermal energy storage, at the
Seaport Farmers' Market in Halifax, on July 9, 2019. Should be fun!
Mary Anne White was interviewed by
Canadian Chemical News, for an article on diamond chemistry, published in March 2019.
Congratulations to Kim Miller (PhD 2012) who will be
starting a new position as Scientist with Solid State Pharma Inc.,
Halifax, in late April 2019.
Congratulations to Stefan Juckes (BSc Honours
Project student in Physics, 2016) on his acceptance to Dentistry at the
University of Toronto.
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk,
"Heat Capacity Determination: Tricks of the Trade" at the Materials Research
Society Conference, Boston, November 2018.
Mary Anne White is happy to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of
"Physical Properties of Materials" (CRC Press, 2019).
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls (PhD 2017), on his new postdoctoral
fellowship at McGill University with Professor Brad Siwick, starting November 1, 2018.
Both John Noël (PhD 2018) and Carl Romao (PhD 2015)
started new positions on October 1, 2018. John started work at Imperial Oil in
Sarnia, and Carl started a postdoctoral fellowship at Tuebingen, Germany, where
he is part of the Teaching at Tuebingen program.
Congratulations to John Noël on the successful defence of his PhD thesis,
"Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage" on September 17, 2018. Photo.
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk “Phase Change Materials for Solar Thermal Energy Storage”
at the International Conference on Energy, Materials and Photonics, Montreal, July 2018.
Mary Anne White presented “When Hard Materials Become Soft: The Case for Phase Change Materials
for Thermal Energy Storage”, as the D. K. C. Macdonald Memorial Lecture at the Canadian Materials
Science Conference, Edmonton, June 2018.
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls (PhD 2017), for being selected by the Canadian Association of Physicists
as having the best PhD thesis in condensed matter and materials physics for 2017. Way to go, Jan!
Congratulations to former group member Catherine O’Neill on her admission to the Dentistry
program at Dalhousie University for the fall of 2018.
Mary Anne White was interviewed for an article in
Men’s Health on why you burn your mouth
easily with pizza. The article was published in the May 2018 edition of
Our work on investigations of ice-structuring agents in ice-templated
ceramics was featured in
Advances in Engineering .
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, “Thoughts on Supply
Chains, Energy and the Role of Science in Sustainable Approaches” at the Supply
Chain & Logistics Management Workshop, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, April 2018.
Our work on fatty acids and related phase change materials for
thermal energy storage was featured in
Renewable Energy Global Innovations.
Mary Anne White was invited to present “A Side
Career in Science Outreach” at the Dalhousie Chemistry Career Night, March
Our work on a pH-dependent fish tracking device was highlighted on the
Congratulations to John Noël on winning third prize (and $500) for the Dalhousie 3 Minute Thesis
Contest 2018. John's presentation was called "Bringing the Heat: Materials for Thermal Energy Storage". For details,
Congratulations to John Noël on winning third prize (and $500) for the Dalhousie 3 Minute Thesis
Contest 2018. John's presentation was called "Bringing the Heat: Materials for Thermal Energy Storage". For details,
Mary Anne White had a letter to the editor published in the
Globe & Mail, January 11, 2018.
The year 2018 is the bicentennial of Dalhousie University's founding, in 1818. To celebrate,
Dalhousie is highlighting 52 "Dalhousie Originals", one per week. Congratulations to our colleague, Professor Jeff Dahn
on being the Dalhousie Original for the second week of January. Jeff was, along with Mary Anne White,
Georges Kipouros, Mike Lee and Farid Taheri, one of the founding members of the Institute for Research in Materials (2002),
and was PI on the NSERC CREATE DREAMS (Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability program (2010-2016)
for which Mary Anne White was director. Jeff is one of a large number of valued colleagues at Dalhousie who carry out outstanding
research in materials.
We are very sorry to announce the passing of Hong Tang (MSc 2008),
on December 28, 2017 in Halifax. Born in Hunan Province, China on December 16th, 1975, Hong is survived by his
wife, Yue Liu, daughter, Mandy (8); sons, Lucas (6) and Derek (4). Hong graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University
with a Bachelor of Polymer Material and Science in 1998. He then worked in China for BASF and for HK Barrington
Chemicals. He and Yue moved to Halifax in 2003. Hong graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science
degree in Chemistry in 2008. After his graduation he worked for Bebbington Industries in Dartmouth, where he developed
a new dishwasher detergent. Then he became an award-winning real estate agent, working with Royal
LePage Atlantic at the time of his death. He was very active in the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia, including as
Chair and Board Member. Hong was also very involved in the Halifax Chinese Christian Church. We extend our sincere
condolences to Hong’s family.
We have just had our 200th publication accepted! It was a close race, with a paper in the
Canadian Journal of Chemistry in honour of Dalhousie University’s upcoming 200th anniversary accepted on November 9,
2017 as publication #199, and a paper in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C accepted on November 15, 2017 as
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, “Thermoelectrics for Sustainable Energy Harvesting”
at the 64th AVS International Symposium and Exhibition, Tampa, FL, November 2017. It was Mary Anne’s 100th conference
We bid farewell to Dr. Jan Pöhls after a long association with our group. Jan first came here
in 2011 as a visiting Masters student from Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany, and then returned in September
2012 as a PhD student. Jan successfully completed his PhD is August 2017, and now is a postdoctoral fellow in Professor
Arthur Mar’s group at the University of Alberta. See here for a photo.
Mary Anne White presented a public lecture, “What an informed person should know about energy”
Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 2017.
Doug MacLaren (PhD 2003, now Section Head, Sarnia Applied Process Research, Imperial Oil Ltd.)
presented the 2017 Coffin Lecture at Dalhousie University. In his lecture, Doug gave an excellent
summary of his career path to date, and how his education at Dalhousie prepared him for his career.
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, “Phase Change Materials for Sustainable Energy Storage”,
at the International Conference on Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya, Japan, September 30, 2017.
On her return to North America, she visited Simon Fraser University, where she presented a seminar,
“Thermodynamics of Materials: From Fundamentals to Applications”, October 5, 2017.
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls on the successful defence of his PhD thesis on August 3, 2017.
Click here for a photo of Jan on this
Congratulations to Dr. Samer Kahwaji and his wife Souad on the birth of their baby boy, Mika, August 1, 2017.
Mary Anne White received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa on June 19, 2017, at their Science convocation.
See here for a photo, here for her
written convocation address, and here for a video.
Congratulations to Sabrina Leslie (summer student 1999) on obtaining tenure and being promoted to Associate Professor of Physics at McGill
Some recent work from our group was highlighted in DalNews,
showing the diversity of materials research.
John Noël and Mary Anne White attended the 100th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Toronto in May 2017.
Mary Anne presented an invited talk, “Thermal Energy Storage by Melting of Organic Materials”, and John presented a
poster, “Supercooling and Molecular Clusters in Liquid Fatty Acids”. John’s poster was selected by the CIC Materials
Chemistry Division, for the Materials Horizons graduate poster prize at this year's CSC conference. Congratulations, John!
Mary Anne White visited the Department of Physics at University of South Florida and
presented a colloquium: “Recent Advances in Thermal Properties of Materials: From renewal energy
applications to new fundamental information about matter,” March 2017.
The new Discovery Centre opened in Halifax in February 2017.
For a discussion of the Dalhousie contributions to initiating the Discovery Centre, see the article in
In light of Mary Anne White’s official retirement from Dalhousie University
on December 31, 2016, she has been appointed as Professor Emerita as of January 1, 2017. Mary
Anne will continue to carry out research and maintain her lab, but is no longer taking new graduate
students or undergraduate students. A written account of Mary Anne White’s public lecture,
“33.3 Years at Dalhousie” can be found here.
On November 17, 2016, Mary Anne White was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
See here for photos and here for a video.
In late October, Mary Anne White was invited to speak to the Halifax alumni of McMaster University. The venue was the Halifax Citadel, and in this historic site Mary Anne spoke about the
history of the Harry Shirreff Professorship in Chemical Research, and the importance of individuals supporting universities. The funds donated to establish the Harry Shirreff Professorship were from R. B. Bennett, Canada’s Prime Minister (1930-1935), which is a very interesting story in itself.
In the fall of 2016, Mary Anne White presented three Chemistry Cafés, which were discussions with the public on Chemistry in Our Lives. These were held in Bridgewater, New Glasgow and Baddeck.
These cafés were sponsored by the Maritime Chapter of the Chemical Institute of Canada..
In August 2016, Jan Pöhls travelled to Orlando to attend the 2016 International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC) conference, where he presented a talk,
“Origins of Ultralow Thermal Conductivity in Phenyl-C61-Butyric Acid Methyl Ester”.
Congratulations to John Noël on the receipt of a Gerry Dauphinee Scholarship for overall
excellence in graduate work in Chemistry at Dalhousie University and for excellence as a teaching assistant, September 2016.
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls on the receipt of a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, 2016-2017.
Congratulations to John Noël on the publication of his work from his internship at NREL:
Corrosion evaluation of alloys and MCrAlX coatings in molten carbonates for thermal solar applications, J. C. Gomez-Vidal, J. Noel and J. Weber,
Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 157, 517-525 (2016).
Congratulations to Louis Desgrosseilliers, on the successful defence of his PhD thesis, July 2016! See photo.
Mary Anne presented "Food Security: The Role of Materials Research in Your Life" to the Shad Valley students at Dalhousie University in July.
At the end, she and Sarah Ellis made the ever-popular liquid-nitrogen-frozen yogurt.
Our group had five posters at the IRM Annual Research Day, June 2016.
In early June, many members of our group participated in an IRM-sponsored Workshop: "Sustainable Approaches to Materials Research,
Including Life Cycle Assessment”, including three talks (Mary Anne White:
“Sustainable Materials Approaches”; Jan Pöhls: “Searching for the Holy Grail of Thermoelectric Materials Using High-Throughput Calculations”;
Louis Desgrosseilliers: New Indoor Heat Storage Technology to Realize the Benefits of Time-of-Day Electricity Rates.”). In addition, Sarah Ellis
and John Noël led break-out sessions concerning life-cycle analysis, and Sarah, John and also Jan Pöhls (on behalf of another student) presented
results of the breakout sessions on the second morning. The feedback from the attendees was very good, and it was especially nice to see our students
take such leadership roles.
Our group had a significant impact in the program for the 2016 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference,
held in Halifax in June, with a total of 10 presentations. Special congratulations to Sarah Ellis for her first-prize poster,
“Versatility of Free-Cast Materials” in the Materials Chemistry undergraduate poster competition (see photo), and to Jan Pöhls
for honourable mention for his poster, “Computational and Experimental Investigations of a Novel Class of High-Performance
Thermoelectric Compounds.” in the Materials Chemistry graduate poster competition.
Congratulations to Sarah Ellis and Stefan Juckes, who both worked as undergraduate research assistants and honours project students in our lab,
on their graduation with BSc(Honours) in Chemistry and Physics, respectively, June 2016. See photo here.
Congratulations for 2015-16 honours project student, Stefan Juckes, on the award of an NSERC PGS-M Scholarship.
Congratulations to John Noël on receipt of an NSERC CGS Scholarship, 2016-2018!
Congratulations to Sarah Ellis on completing of her honours project in Chemistry.
Sarah is working with us for the summer before going off to graduate school in the fall.
Congratulations to Stefan Juckes on completing of his honours research project in Physics.
Stefan is now a Masters student in Physics at Dalhousie with Professor Harm Rotermund.
Our paper, “
YCuTe2: A Member of a New Class of Thermoelectric Materials with CuTe4-Based Layered
Structure. U. Aydemir, J-H Pöhls, H. Zhu, G. Hautier, S. Bajaj, Z. M. Gibbs, W. Chen, G. Li, S. Ohno, D. Broberg, S. D. Kang,
M. Asta, G. Ceder, M. A. White, K. Persson, A. Jain, and G. J. Snyder,
J. Materials Chem A 4, 2461-2472” has been selected by
the journal as a “Hot Article for 2016”.
Mary Anne White has been selected as an Honorary Member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science
. The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is an organization that represents and promotes
science to Nova Scotians. It was founded in 1862 as a direct descendant of the Halifax Mechanics’ Institute (1831–1860) and
the Halifax Literary and Scientific Society (1839–1862). It is one of the oldest learned societies in Canada. Mary Anne served
as the NSIS Vice-President, 1993-1994 and President, 1994-1995, and she has presented several public lectures hosted by NSIS.
Eileen Burns (DREAMS Summer Research Assistant, 2011) has been accepted into Medical School at Dalhousie. Congratulations, Eileen!
Congratulations to Dr. Carl Romao on the award of an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship!
Carl will stay on with us until the end of the summer and then take up his NSERC PDF with Professor Andrew Goodwin
at the University of Oxford Carl also was awarded the Leffek
Prize for best PhD in the Department of Chemistry in 2015. Well done, Carl!
Congratulations to Stefan Juckes on the Tindall/Steinitz Research Award (best oral presentation)
for his lecture "Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Tapes" at the Atlantic Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference
in St. John's, Newfoundland, February 2016.
Congratulations to Dr. Mike Jakubinek (MSc 2005; PhD 2009, and current research collaborator on BNNTs) on his promotion to Associate Research Officer at NRC, and winner of the 2015 "rising star" (early career) award.
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek (MSc 2005; PhD 2009) and his wife Tara on the birth of their daughter, Quinn [photo], on January 10, 2016, a baby sister for Cameron.
Mary Anne White was a panelist on topics “Careers” and “Undergraduate Advice” at the 3rd Canadian Conference
for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Halifax, January 2016.
The newly announced elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been a topic of discussion, and Mary Anne White did an interview on the topic on CBC Radio’s program “Day 6” on January 11, 2016. You can listen to the interview
here. With apologies to Tom Lehrer!
Read here about the chemistry of the changing colour of the
copper on the new Wallace McCain building.
Mary Anne White has been appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada “for her contributions to chemistry, which have advanced our understanding of the thermal properties of materials, and for her
leadership in science outreach initiatives”. [link] The Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community
and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Mary Anne will be officially installed in the Order of Canada later in 2016.
Maria Stancescu, a research assistant in our group from 2004-2006, has completed her PhD at University of Central Florida and will be joining Intel in Oregon in January 2016 as a process engineer
in technical development.
Mary Anne White had a letter published in the
Globe and Mail, November 17, 2015. [click here].
Congratulations to PhD student Louis
Desgrosseilliers, as his spinout company, NeoThermal Energy Storage is
a finalist in the
2015 InnovaCorp i3 CleanTech competition.
Congratulations to our group on winning first
prize in the 2015 Halloween pumpkin carving contest, beating out
fierce competition. [photo]
In October, Mary Anne White presented a
seminar,"Sustainable Approaches to Materials Research", for the
Department of Physics, Central Michigan University. Since teaching did
not make travel feasible this term, she presented the seminar remotely
via WebEx. By not travelling, she saved about 500 kg of CO2, which is
about equivalent emission from driving a passenger car for a month.
Carl Romao visited Malta in September 2015 to
present an invited talk, “Elastic properties and their relationships
to the thermal expansion of thermomiotic materials” at
Auxetics 2015 [photo].
Congratulations to John Noël on receipt of a
Douglas E. Ryan Prize from the Department of Chemistry “overall
excellence in graduate work in Chemistry at Dalhousie University with
exceptional productivity in research” in 2014-15.
We welcome Sarah Ellis and Stefan Juckes for
honours research projects in Chemistry and Physics, respectively, for
the 2015-16 academic year.
At the end of the summer, we said farewell to
Jacy Conrad and John Niven. Jacy had been an undergraduate researcher
with us since May 2013. She is now at the University of Guelph where
she holds an NSERC Scholarship as a PhD student with Professor
John joined our lab as a summer student in May 2011, and received his
MSc in 2015. He is a now a PhD student and NSERC Scholar at McMaster
University with Professor
Kari Dalnoki-Veress. We wish Jacy and John both well in their
Welcome to Dr. Julan Zeng, a Visiting Scholar
from Changsha University of Science & Technology, Changsha, P. R.
China. Dr. Zeng is an associate professor, with his PhD from Dalian
Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science. He is
interested in phase change materials for energy storage, and his
year-long visit is sponsored by the Hunan Provincial Education
In August, the summer students (Jacy Conrad,
Sarah Ellis and Stefan Juckes) and Mary Anne White carried out
hands-on science experiments,
Mixing and Unmixing for visiting junior high students at the
SuperNova Science Camp in Halifax. Those junior high students take a
lot of energy!
In August 2015, John Noël attended the North
American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) conference in Montreal,
where he presented a talk, “Nucleation and Supercooling in Saturated
Fatty Acid Phase Change Materials.” On the first day of the
conference, John won a $50 prize for a contest in the trade show on
knowledge of thermal analysis.
Congratulations to John Niven on the successful
defence of his MSc thesis, “Physical Properties of Nanotube Materials”
on July 30, 2015. [photo]
John will be starting his PhD in Physics at McMaster University in the
Following Carl’s PhD exam, while Martin Dove
was still here, we had an afternoon at Mary Anne and Rob’s cottage.
After a few people had a swim or a paddle in the canoe, the rain
started and we had to head inside for supper.
Congratulations to Carl Romao on the successful
defence of his PhD thesis “Thermoelastic
Properties of Materials with Negative Coefficients of Thermal
Expansion” on July 16, 2015. We were very pleased to have
Martin Dove from Queen Mary University of London here as external
examiner [photo]. It was Carl’s
good luck that Rick Hapanowicz from Quantum Design in San Diego (the
makers of our PPMS) happened to be in Halifax on vacation the same day
and brought Carl a nice gift to celebrate the completion of his PhD [photo].
Carl is staying on as a postdoctoral research assistant to expand on
his earlier studies of thermomiotic materials.
Congratulations to John Noël on passing his PhD
preliminary exam in Chemistry in July 2015.
As of July 1, 2015, Mary Anne White was named
as the Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research. This is one of
two endowed Chairs in the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie
University, and was held most recently by
Axel Becke until his retirement at the end of June 2015. The Harry
Shirreff Professorship of Chemical Research was set up in 1944 with
funds from the Viscount Bennett Fund. Viscount Bennett was
R. B. Bennett: businessman, lawyer, politician and Prime Minister
of Canada (August 7, 1930 to October 23, 1935), and Harry Shirreff was
a colleague and friend of Bennett’s.
Congratulations to PhD student Louis
Desgrosseilliers for winning significant funding in the first
Innovacorp Smart Energy Demo Challenge, for the spin-out Neo Thermal
Energy Storage. See
here for details. We look forward to future developments! And for
an article in the Halifax paper, see
late June, Mary Anne White presented a public lecture, “What’s new
about the elements?” at the Halifax Central Library, June 2015. This
lecture was sponsored by The Royal Society of Canada, and was Mary
Anne’s inaugural lecture as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Mary Anne White and Carl Romao attended the 11th International
Conference on Ceramic Materials for Energy and Environmental
Applications in Vancouver, BC, where they respectively presented the
talks, “Materials for Solar Thermal Energy Conversion and Storage” and
“Polymer-ceramic composites incorporating thermomiotic (negative
thermal expansion) and near-zero thermal expansion materials”.
had good participation at the Institute for Research in Materials (IRM)
Annual Research Day in June, including posters by Samer Kahwaji, John
Niven, John Noël and Jan Pöhls.
Dalhousie University was the host for the Canadian Materials Science
Conference in early June and we had a good turnout from our group with
an invited talk by Mary Anne White (“Sustainable approaches to
materials research”), and talks by Carl Romao (“Mechanical Properties
of Thermomiotic (Negative Thermal Expansion) Materials”), Louis
Desgrosseilliers (“Supercooling Heat Storage Materials for Solar
Domestic Hot Water”) and Mike Johnson (“Accurate Physical Property
Measurements on Small Samples”), and posters by Samer Kahwaji
(“Properties of Organic Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy
Storage”), John Noël (“Understanding Supercooling Behaviour in Organic
Phase Change Materials”), John Niven (“Physical Properties of Carbon
Nanotube Yarns”), Jan Pöhls (“Origins of Ultralow Thermal Conductivity
in Bulk [6,6]-Phenyl-C61 Butyric Acid Methyl Ester (PCBM)”).
Congratulations to Jan for winning first prize for his poster! (photo)
Congratulations to Jacy Conrad on her graduation in May with her BSc
with honours in Chemistry and Physics. (photo)
On graduation, Jacy won the John Carstairs Arnell Prize for the best
Honours Research Project in Chemistry 2014-2015, the Society for
Chemical Industry Merit Award for top standing in the final year of
the Dalhousie Chemistry undergraduate program, and the Burgess
McKittrick Award for best female student in 4th year Honours Physics.
Workshop on Energy Advanced Materials and Sustainability, co-led by
Mary Anne White, took place at Dalhousie University on May 28 and 29
and attracted participants from across the country. Mary Anne
presented two talks: “An Introduction to Sustainable Materials
Approaches,” and “Phase Change Materials”, and posters were presented
by Louis Desgrosseilliers, Samer Kahwaji, John Niven, John Noël, Jan
Pöhls and Carl Romao.
Mary Anne White visited the New York University and presented a
seminar, “Thermal Properties of Materials: from renewable energy
applications to new fundamental information about matter.” While in
NYC, as part of the Canadian Celtic Choir, she sang “Celtic Mass for
the Sea” by Scott Macmillan, at Carnegie Hall.
Welcome to summer
research assistants Jacy Conrad (just finished her BSc (Honours Chemistry
and Physics)), Sarah Ellis (just finished third year Honours Chemistry)
and Stefan Juckes (just finished third year Honours Physics). Sarah and
Stefan are members of the DREAMS
(Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability)
Congratulations to Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP) students Jennifer Allott and Yannick MacMillan
on their excellent talk and poster on their work on nucleation agents for phase change materials.
Congratulations to John Niven for the award of an NSERC CGS-D Scholarship,
and Jacy Conrad for the award of an NSERC PGS-M Scholarship. And Mary Anne
White has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant, 2015-2020.
In March, Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, “Thermal Properties
of Polymer-Inorganic Composites” at the 249th ACS Conference, Denver,
CO. While in Colorado, Mary Anne also visited colleagues at
NREL (the National Renewable Energy
lab). link to
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek (NRC, Ottawa; PhD Dalhousie 2009) on
his contribution to the world’s largest boron nitride nanotube
production facility, as highlighted in
Canadian Chemical News.
Our recent work on boron phase stability has attracted some attention, in
and Serious Science
In response to the cold and icy conditions in Halifax this winter, Mary Anne White did an interview concerning use of salt and other things to melt ice on CBC
TV that was nicely summarized on the CBC
and also did a radio interview on the same topic on The Sheldon MacLeod Show on 95.7 News talk Radio. Bottom line: salt will melt ice as long as the temperature is above -21 °C (the NaCl/water eutectic).
Read more here.
Jacy Conrad won honourable mention for her talk “Freeze-Cast Thin Films for Use in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” at the Atlantic Universities Physics & Astronomy Conference 2015 at Mount Allison University, February 2015. Congratulations, Jacy!
Mary Anne White attended the EMN Meeting on Ceramics – Energy, Materials, Nanotechnology in Orlando, January 2015, and presented an invited talk, “The Role of Nanostructure in Thermal Expansion”.
Mary Anne White spoke at the 2015 Let’s Talk Science Eastern Regional Conference, January 2015. Her talk was entitled “Experiences in Science Outreach.”
Mary Anne White visited the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario as an external PhD examiner, and presented a talk, “Recent Advances in Thermal Properties of Materials: From Renewable Energy Applications to New Fundamental Information about Matter”, January 2015.
Alex Bourque (PhD, 2014), who has accepted an employment offer from an
international company in Paris, France.
Welcome to DISP
(Dalhousie Integrated Science Program) students, Jennifer Allott and
Yannick MacMillan. Jennifer and Yannick will be working with Samer
Kahwaji to learn about phase change materials for energy storage.
Jan Pöhls has returned from a term at
Snyder’s lab at Caltech as an internship for the
Mary Anne White was interviewed on
Global TV Morning News concerning “The Science of Snow”,
December 12, 2014, and also with “The
Coast” on a similar topic.
Our recent study of magnetic entropy
evolution in perovskites was highlighted in
Canadian Chemical News.
John Noël has returned in November 2014 from
two months at the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The visit was John’s
DREAMS internship, and he
investigated the corrosion of materials in molten salts.
Honours project student Jacy Conrad presented
her summer research “Freeze-Cast Thin Films for Use in
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells” at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics
Conference, Kingston, ON, November 2014, and won 3rd prize for
Applied/Engineering Physics. Congratulations, Jacy!
Congratulations to Rong Sun (MSc 2004) and
his wife Jing on the birth of a baby girl, Aria, in October 2014.
Aria is a baby sister for two-year-old Elena.
Internat Energy Solutions Canada (IESC)
Engineering Manager, Livio Nichilo, was a guest in our lab in late
September 2014, to review and work on a collaborative R&D project.
The results are expected play a role in providing benefits for
occupant comfort and energy efficiency in heritage buildings. [photo]
John Noël and Jan Pöhls left at the end of
the summer for DREAMS
internships respectively at the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado and
Snyder’s lab at Caltech.
Congratulations to John Niven and John Noël.
Both received Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships for 2014-2105.
Congratulations to John Noël on his transfer
from the MSc program to the PhD program, as of September 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Samer Kahwaji
and his wife Souad on the birth of their baby boy, Luca in July 11,
In late June, Carl Romao attended
HPCS (Canada’s High Performance
Computing Symposium) in Halifax, where he presented a poster:
“Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Stress in Thermomiotic
Materials,” which was awarded 1st place in the poster
In mid-June, most of our group attended the
IRM Research Day,
where we had a total of five posters, and a good opportunity to hear
about recent materials research at Dalhousie and elsewhere.
In June, Louis Desgrosseillers travelled to
Lleida, Spain to attend
Eurotherm Seminar #99. Louis presented a poster, “Thermodynamic
Evaluation of Supercooled Seasonal Heat Storage at the Drake Landing
Solar Community” and also had a chance to meet with many top
researchers in the area of thermal energy storage. Louis’
Dominic Groulx, also attended, and presented a talk, “PCM-Based
Thermal Storage System Research at Dalhousie University: A Review.”
In June, Mary Anne White attended the
Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Vancouver, where she
presented an invited talk “Thermal Properties of Selected
Congratulations to Alex Bourque on his PhD
graduation, May 2014. See here for a photo.
In May, Mary Anne White attended the Nova
Scotia Energy R&D Conference 2014: Energy for Change, and presented
an invited talk: “How phase change materials can help make solar
thermal capture feasible”. Louis Desgrosseilliers also gave a
Evaluation of Supercooled Seasonal Heat Storage at the Drake Landing
In May, John Nöel, Louis Desgrosseilliers and
Mary Anne White attended the annual meeting of the NSERC Smart
Net-Zero Energy Building Strategic Research Network, in Montreal.
John was co-author of a poster with students from McMaster (see
photo). Mary Anne stayed an
extra day and visited INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications in
Varennes, Québec, where she gave a seminar: “Energy Harvesting and
Storage: Thermoelectrics and Phase Change Heat Storage Materials.”
Congratulations to Alex Bourque on the
successful defence of his PhD thesis, “Investigations of Reversible
Thermochromism in Three-Component Systems”, on March 27, 2014,
delayed one day due to a snow storm. [photo]
Congratulations to Paul Allred on the
successful defence of his MSc thesis, “Phase Change Materials for
Thermal Energy Storage”, on March 20, 2014. [photo]
The work of our lab was the focus of an
article in the March/April 2014 issue
of Canadian Chemical News.
Inorganic Materials: Multi Length-Scale
Characterisation, edited by D.W. Bruce, D. O'Hare and R. I. Walton,
Wiley (2014), has just been
published. We have a chapter in this book called “Thermal
Methods” (M.B. Johnson and M.A. White, Chapter 2), which offers a
practical guide to thermal property measurement (Thermal Analysis,
Heat Capacity, Thermal Conductivity and more).
Mary Anne White presented “Science of Ice and
Snow” to Grade 6 to 9 girls at It’s for Girls SuperNova Camp,
Halifax, January 2014.
In February, Mary Anne White and John Niven
attended the 2014 Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Workshop in
Cincinnati, OH. Mary Anne presented an invited talk, “Physical
Properties of Carbon Nanotube Materials” and John presented a
poster, “Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Yarns” [photo].
Welcome to Dr. Samer Kahwaji, a new
postdoctoral fellow in the group as of February 2014. Samer received
his PhD in Physics at Dalhousie University in 2013.
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls on passing his
preliminary exam in January!
In January, Mary Anne White visited Georgia
Tech (where she gave a seminar during a memorable snowstorm) and
also presented an invited talk (“Freeze-Cast Methods to Make Porous
Ceramics”) at the 38th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics
and Composites, Daytona, Florida.
We were pleased to host Professor
Ken Libbrecht from
Caltech in January 2014. While here, Ken gave an overflowing public
lecture “The Secret Life of a Snowflake”, and a packed Physics
seminar, “The Secret Life of a Snowflake: Puzzles and Peculiarities
in the Molecular Dynamics of Ice Crystal Growth”. For more on Ken’s
snow crystal work, see
We are pleased to have two new grants,
starting January 2014, one sponsored by
Intel and the other an NSERC Engage grant to work with
Internat Energy Solutions
Canada. Both are jointly with Dr.
Dominic Groulx in
Chris Smith (MSc 1997) on his tenure and promotion to associate
professor at University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX. After
his MSc at Dalhousie, Chris received a PhD in Chemical Education
from Purdue University, and chemical education is the focus of his
On November 16, 2013 Mary Anne White was
inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada at a ceremony in
Banff, Alberta. Her citation reads: Mary Anne White is a world
leader in experimental investigations of thermal properties of
materials, at the overlap of chemistry, physics and materials
science. Her contributions to the basic understanding of thermal
conduction in solids and phase stability in complex systems have
advanced science and led to new directions in applications such as
more efficient thermoelectric materials and thermally erasable
paper. For the announcement in the Globe & Mail on November 18,
2013, see here and in
here. See here for a photo
from the Royal Society of Canada gala dinner. To celebrate the FRSC
induction, Mary Anne hosted a table at the
Awards Gala, and invited current (and one former) graduate students.
See here for a
Ryan Fielden has now completed his work on
our NSERC Engage project, and has returned to his MSc program in
Congratulations to Louis Desgrosseilliers
(PhD student in Mechanical Engineering jointly with Dr. Dominic
Groulx) on receipt of a 2013 Dalhousie Engineering Excellence
Mary Anne White was interviewed on CBC’s
Radio’s Sunday Edition with Michael Enright, on “What is materials
science?” You can listen to the interview
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls (PhD student in
Physics) on authorship on a publication in
Nature Communications on research he carried out in Germany
before starting his PhD at Dalhousie.
In October 2013, Carl Romao (PhD student in
Chemistry) and Mary Anne White attended the
MS&T meeting in Montreal.
Carl presented a talk, “Thermomechanical Properties of Composites
Containing a Thermomiotic Component” and Mary Anne presented an
invited talk, “Phase Stability of Elemental Boron”.
Mary Anne White presented “Thermodynamic
Stability of Boron Allotropes: A Chemical Thermodynamic Approach” at
Advances in Chemistry of Disordered Solids: A Symposium Honouring
the Contributions of Professor Patrick Jacobs, University College
London, London, UK, September 2013. Mary Anne completed her honours
BSc project with Professor Patrick Jacobs at the University of
Western Ontario in 1975.
Patrick passed away March 31, 2013 at the age of 89. The
symposium was held in London,
England, organized by several of his former colleagues and
collaborators. Patrick was active until the very end of his life,
with his textbook “Thermodynamics” (Imperial College Press) coming
out just days before his passing.
Mary Anne White has been elected as a Fellow
Royal Society of Canada and will be officially inducted in Banff
Congratulations to Carl Romao on the receipt
of a Ryan Prize from the Department of Chemistry for “overall excellence in graduate work in Chemistry at Dalhousie University with exceptional productivity in research”.
Welcome to new graduate students John Niven
(BSc (Dalhousie) and now MSc candidate in Physics) and John Noël
(BSc (U Guelph and now MSc candidate in Chemistry). Both hold NSERC
scholarships, and John Noël is also a member of the
Our summer undergraduate research
students, John Niven, Jacy Conrad and Anderson de Pereira have
completed their work. John is staying on to do a Masters in Physics
with us, Jacy is back to classes but will continue to work with us
part-time, and Anderson has returned to Brazil, where it is winter
but the temperatures are the same as summer here.
visited the NanoWorld
Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, directed
by Dr. Mark Schulz and Dr. Vesselin Shanov. He prepared carbon
nanotube thread which will be studied for his MSc project.
We had a nice, but not hot, day at Mary Anne
and Rob’s cottage in July. Only Jan went in the water. And we all
played croquet, very badly in the rough terrain. Congratulations to
Alex for winning (but then he turned into a mean poison ball
player!). link to photo July 2013
Welcome to Ryan Fielden who has joined us as
a research assistant to work on a short-term NSERC Engage project
that ends in October. Ryan holds a BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie
University and has taken a leave from his MSc program with
Dr. Mark Obrovac.
Congratulations to Dr. Kim Miller as
she starts her new position as R&D Product Development Specialist
with Intertape Polymer Corp. in Truro, Nova Scotia. Kim joined our
group as a PhD student in January 2008, and completed her PhD in
December 2012. Most recently, she has been working with us as a
postdoctoral fellow. Best wishes, Kim!
In July, we participated at the
IRM Research Day, with a talk from
Carl Romao, and posters from Paul Allred, Alex Bourque, Jacy Conrad,
Anderson Pereira, Louis Desgrosseilliers, Kim Miller, John Niven,
Jan Pöhls and Mike Johnson. For the complete program and abstracts,
We hosted Cody Morelock, a PhD student from
Wilkinson’s research group at Georgia Tech for a week in June. [photo]
In June, the CBC Radio national science
show, recorded its annual Question Roadshow in Halifax, and Mary
Anne White answered a question about the chemistry of pie dough.
Listen to the show
here. For an outstanding pie crust recipe, see
Mary Anne White won second prize in the 2013
Art of Physics Competition, hosted by the Canadian Association of
Physicists, for a photo of an unusual ice formation, and an
explanation of the physics. See the photo
In May, Carl Romao attended the Canadian
Society for Chemistry conference in Montreal, where he presented a
talk: “Thermomechanical Properties of Thermomiotic Materials”.
Also in May, Jan Pöhls and John Niven
attended the Canadian Association of Physicists conference in Quebec
City, where they both presented posters. The titles were,
respectively: “Thermal Transport
Properties of Ge Clathrates” and “Physical
Properties of Carbon Nanotube Yarns,” and Jan won second prize
in the condensed matter division for his poster.
Mary Anne White, Paul Allred and Louis
Desgrosseilliers were in Ottawa in May for the annual meeting of the
Net-Zero Energy Building Strategic Research Network. [photo]
Kim Miller on receipt of her PhD in
Chemistry and John Niven on
receipt of his BSc (Honours Physics) and
Certificate in Materials Science at spring convocation in May.
At the Physics awards ceremony, John also was co-recipient of the
E.W. Guptill Memorial Prize, and Jacy
Conrad (summer student) received awards for both the best
overall student in second year of honours physics, and the best
female student in second year of honours physics. Well done, all!
Congratulations to Lauren Bilinsky (summer
student, 2010) on acceptance to medical school at Memorial.
Congratulations to Hong Tang (MSc, 2007) and
his wife Yue Liu, on the birth of their son, Derek, on May 23. Derek
is a baby brother for Mandy and Lucas.
Congratulations to PhD student Carl Romao on
receipt of a Sumner Scholarship.
Welcome to summer students Jacy Conrad, John
Niven and Anderson de Pereira. Jacy and John are Dalhousie students
(Jacy just finished her second year, and John just completed his
BSc). Anderson is a visiting student at Dalhousie, and his home
university is UFRJ – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jacy and Anderson are both members of the
Welcome back to Kim Miller (PhD 2012) who
will be with us as a postdoctoral research assistant for six months,
starting April 2013.
Congratulations also to Louis
Desgrosseilliers (PhD candidate jointly with Professor Dominic
Groulx in Mechanical Engineering) on receipt of an NSERC Alexander
Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGSD), April 2013.
Congratulations to John Niven (honours
project student in Physics) on receipt of an NSERC Canada Graduate
Scholarship (GGSM), April 2013. John has accepted to stay with us
for his Masters degree.
In early April 2013, Mary Anne White attended
the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco,
where she presented a talk, “The Role of Cage Dynamics in Thermal
Conductivity of NaxSi136 Clathrates”.
While in the Bay area, Mary Anne visited
Gilbert at the Advanced Light
Mary Anne White spent the month of March 2013
visiting Professor Ken
Libbrecht in the
Physics at Caltech. Ken is a specialist in the crystal growth of
here for his beautiful Snow Crystals website). While at Caltech,
Mary Anne gave a Materials Research Seminar “Thermal Properties of
Materials, Including Sustainable Approaches to Energy Harvesting and
Storage.” Also while in Pasadena, Mary Anne spent a day visiting
Professor Gerald Van Hecke at Harvey Mudd College.
Congratulations to John Niven, who took
second place for his talk "Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotube
Yarns" at the Atlantic Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy
Conference 2013 in Moncton, February 2013.
On February 1, Mary Anne White visited
the Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph, and
presented a seminar "Sustainable Approaches to Energy Harvesting and
Mary Anne White has been appointed as
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, as of
In January we were pleased to welcome
Bieringer from the University of Manitoba. While here, Mario
gave a seminar, “Topochemical Synthetic Strategies for Functional
Extended Materials”, and we discussed research collaborations. Photo
Our new FT Raman spectrometer is now
operational. Its features include a wide temperature range (-150 °C to
100 °C). To use it, contact Mike Johnson (email@example.com).
Congratulations to Kim Miller on the successful completion of her PhD, "Towards Near-Zero Coefficients of Thermal Expansion in A2Mo3O12 Materials." Photo here.
In November, Mary Anne White was a D.B. Robinson Distinguished Speaker at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. Her talk was titled "Sustainable Approaches to Energy Harvesting and Storage".
Congratulations to Louis Desgrosseilliers (PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, jointly supervised by Dominic Groulx and Mary Anne White) on receipt of a 2012 Dalhousie Engineering Excellence Graduate Scholarship.
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk,
"Freeze-Cast Preparation of Porous Bioceramics with Controlled Silver
Release" at the MS&T'12
Conference in Pittsburgh, in October 2012. While in Pittsburgh,
Mary Anne had a chance to catch up
with two PhD graduates from the group. Dr. Greg Bednarz (PhD in
Physics, 1992) is now Visiting Clinical Associate Professor and
Clinical Associate Director, Medical Physics Division, University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh. Dr. Darek
Michalski (PhD in Chemistry, 1995) is now a Research Scientist, also
at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh.
Greg and Darek were both Killam Scholars when they were at Dalhousie
Congratulations to Louis Desgrosseilliers on
graduation with his Masters of Applied
Science (jointly supervised by Dr. Dominic Groulx). Louis tied for first graduate from the Dalhousie Research in
Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability (DREAMS)
program, an NSERC CREATE program.
Jan Pöhls started as a PhD student in Physics
in September. Jan completed his Masters degree at the
Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany, but did much of his
Masters research here.
Louis Desgroseilliers started as a PhD student
in Mechanical Engineering in September. Louis is co-supervised by
Professor Dominic Groulx in Mechanical Engineering.
John Niven started in September as an Honours
Project student in Physics.
Congratulations to Kim Miller for receipt of
the Ryan Prize in Chemistry for excellence in graduate work.
Congratulations to Louis Desgrosseilliers on
the successful completion of his Masters of Applied Science on July
27, 2012. Louis' thesis, "Heat Transfer Enhancements Using Laminate
Film Encapsulation for Phase Change Heat Storage Materials" in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, was co-supervised by Dr. Dominic
Groulx. Louis is the first person in our group to complete a graduate
degree in the DREAMS program, and he
will start a PhD with us in September 2012.
Mary Anne White presented a talk "The Role of
Materials Research in Your Life" to the students in the
Program, Dalhousie University, July 2012. Our summer student,
Herman Stubeda, helped make liquid nitrogen frozen yogurt for the
students, a great illustration of thermal properties of materials on a
hot summer day!
July, Alex Bourque (PhD student) attended the
5th International Conference on
Molecular Materials, in Barcelona, Spain. He presented a poster "
Investigations of Reversible Thermochromism in Ternary Mixtures."
In late June, our group attended the
IRM 10th Anniversary Symposium, "The Future of Materials Research".
We presented the following: "IRM Historical Overview: 10 Years and
Going Strong" (Mary Anne White, oral); "Thermodynamic Stability of
Boron Allotropes" (Adam Bent, poster); "Investigations of Reversible
Thermochromism in Ternary Mixtures" (Alex Bourque, poster); "Reclaimed
Laminate Waste as Novel, Heat Transfer Enhancing, Encapsulation for
Long-term PCM Heat Storage" (Louis Desgrosseilliers, poster); "
Towards Materials with Zero Thermal Expansion" (Kim Miller, poster);
"Thermomechanical Properties of Negative Thermal Expansion Materials"
(Carl Romao, poster); "Effect of Reagent Concentration in Ternary
Thermochromic Mixtures" (Herman Stubeda and Alex Bourque, poster);
"Analysis of a commercially available candle-powered LED lantern" (the
Allred, Alex Bourque and
poster), and "The Influence of IRM on Thermal Properties Research"
(Mary Anne White, poster). Congratulations to Louis for winning a
prize for his poster!
Congratulations to Rong Sun (MSc 2004) and his
wife Jing on the birth of their daughter Elena (photo)
on June 21, 2012. After his MSc here, Rong completed a PhD at MIT and
then worked for a telecom startup company in Boston, until it was
acquired recently. Since the spring of 2012, he has been employed with
Thermo Fisher Scientific, developing optical MEMS for portable
chemical analytic instruments, such as portable FTIR, Raman, X-ray,
and other spectroscopic analyzers.
In June 2012, Louis
Desgrosseilliers (MASc student) attended
Cleantech Conference and Showcase in Santa
Clara, California, and presented a poster
Laminate Waste as Novel, Heat Transfer Enhancing, Encapsulation for
Long-term PCM Heat Storage."
Carl Romao (PhD student) attended the Canadian
Materials Science Conference at the University of Western Ontario,
where he gave an oral presentation: "Thermomechanical Properties of
Negative Thermal Expansion Materials." (June 2012)
Mary Anne White attended the 6th International
Conference on Highly Frustrated Magnetism in Hamilton, Ontario in
June, where she presented a poster "Magnetic Entropy in ErxY2-xTi2O7
Pyrochlores as Functions of Temperature, Field and Composition".
While in Hamilton, Mary Anne was joined at
McMaster by Paul Allred and they spent a day with Professor Marilyn
Lightstone and Professor Jim Cotton, collaborators on the NSERC
Energy Buildings Strategic Network. While there, Mary Anne gave a
seminar, "Thermal Properties of Materials: From Energy Storage to
Thermoelectrics" and she and Paul had an excellent view of the transit
Best wishes to Andrew Ritchie (PhD student) who
left in June to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of
Saskatchewan with Professor
Congratulations to summer student Herman
Stubeda, for his award as top science student in first year Physics in
Mary Anne White, Louis Desgrosseilliers (MASc
student) and Paul Allred (MSc student) attended the Nova Scotia Energy
Research & Development Forum in May 2012. Paul presented a poster,
"Thermal Characterization of Salt Hydrate Phase Change Materials for
Solar Thermal Storage" (photo)
and Louis presented a poster, "Lauric Acid for Use As a Latent Heat
Storage Material" (photo).
Sponsored by a grant from RRFB (Resource and
Recovery Fund Board) to consider recycling Tetra Pack waste, which has
a high degree of embodied energy, into containers for phase change
heat storage materials, Louis Desgrosseilliers (MASc student) toured
several industrial sites in Brazil in May.
Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Whitman (PhD 2005;
research associate since 2007) and her husband Aaron, on the birth of
their daughter, Helen Clara, on May 5, 2010 (photo).
Welcome to Herman Stubeda, an NSERC USRA and
DREAMS summer research
Congratulations to Adam Bent on completing his
Chemistry Honours Project, April 2012. Adam will stay on with us to
continue his research in the summer.
We are pleased to announced that we received
funding from NSERC in April for a new FT Raman spectrometer!
Kim Miller spent two weeks at the lab of Professor
Mario Bieringer (website)
at the University of Manitoba in March.
Congratulations to Carl Romao on passing his PhD
Qualifying Exam, April 2012. Carl has now transferred from the MSc to
PhD program. He looked very smart for the exam (photo).
Mary Anne White talked about Chemistry in Our Lives
to Grade 10 and Grade 12 chemistry students at CHAT school, Toronto,
Mary Anne White visited the Nanoworld Lab at
University of Cincinnati in March 2012 (photo).
We have been collaborating with the group of Professors Vesselin
Shanov and Mark Schulz there, on determination of physical properties
of carbon nanotube materials.
On behalf of the
DREAMS program, Mary Anne White received an award from the
American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement for
"outstanding contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into
chemical education." Mary Anne received the award at the ACS meeting
in San Diego in March 2012, and presented the award address: "Energy,
Advanced Materials and Sustainability". See
link for a
handout on this topic.
Congratulations to Hong Tang (MSc 2008) on his new position
as President of The Chinese Society of Nova Scotia. (photo)
Congratulations to Andrew Ritchie on the successful defence
of his PhD thesis, "Characterization of Na-Loaded Type II Si and Ge
Clathrates: A Systematic Structure-Property Evaluation of Thermoelectric
Mary Anne White attended the Fall Meeting of the Materials
Research Society in Boston, November 27 to December 2. She presented an
invited talk, "Morphological Control of Freeze-Cast Ceramics for Preparation
of Hybrid Composites", co-authored by Ran Chen and Mike Johnson.
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls (University of Kiel, visiting
graduate student in May to November 2011) on his graduation and his award for
the best Masters in Materials Science at the University of Kiel, with the best
GPA for that program in the past five years there.
In September, Kim Miller (PhD candidate) presented a paper
"Synthesis and investigation of mixed molybdate compounds as low (positive and
negative) thermal expansion materials" at the Brazilian MRS Meeting in
Gramado, Brazil. While in Brazil, Kim also visited the Laboratorio Nacional de
Luz Sincrotron in Campinas, Brazil and was treated to a guided tour of the
Congratulations to Jan Pöhls, on completion of his Master's
Thesis, "Physical Properties of a Carbon Nanotube Tape" in September. Jan is a
visiting graduate student from Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany
and he has carried out all his Master's work in our lab.
Congratulations to Mike Johnson (and his wife Laura) on the
birth of Isabelle Maria on September 17. Isabelle is a baby sister for Marc. (photo)
In September, we welcomed a new Chemistry Honours Project
student, Adam Bent.
In September, we welcomed Paul Allred, a new Master's
student in Chemistry. Paul holds a Bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering
from the University of Utah.
In August, our 2011 summer undergraduate research students,
Eileen Burns and John Niven, completed their research terms and returned to
Congratulations to Anthony Cerqueira on completion in
August of his Master's in Chemistry, "Synthesis and Thermodynamic
Investigation of Boron Allotropes".
We had a day at Mary Anne and Rob's cottage in August.
Several people swam across the lake. (photo)
In August, we welcomed back to PhD candidate Alex Bourque,
after his summer stay at Toshiba, Japan, as part of the
DREAMS program's industrial
In July, "Physical
Properties of Materials", second edition (CRC Press) was published.
of MAW with book)
When Kim Miller and Carl Romao returned from Brazil, we
also we welcomed Professor Fernando Rizzo, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, our collaborator on negative thermal expansion
In July, Kim Miller (PhD candidate) and Carl Romao (MSc
candidate) spent two weeks at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, carrying out experiments on negative thermal expansion
materials with our collaborators there.
Mary Anne spoke about " Science in Our Lives" at the 15th
anniversary of the SuperNOVA Science Camp
Mary Anne presented "The Role of Materials Research in Your
Life" to the
Shad Valley students at Dalhousie University in July. At the end, she and
John Niven made the ever-popular liquid-nitrogen-frozen yogurt.
In July, Louis Desgrosseilliers returned from his
DREAMS internship at Hydro Quebec.
In June, The Mary Anne White Research Group attended the
Institure for Research in Materials Symposium on Renewable Energy, Advanced
Materials and Sustainability, Halifax NS. Andrew Ritchie gave a talk on,
"Thermal and Electrical Properties of Type-II Sodium-Containing Silicon
Clathrates"; Anthony Cerqueira gave a poster on, "Synthesis and Determination
of Thermodynamic Stability of Boron Phases"; Jan-Hendrik Pöhls gave a poster
on, "Physical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Tapes"; Eileen Burns gave a poster
on, "Energy Storage Unsing Phase Change Materials"; John Niven gave a poster
on, "Magnetic Contribution to Heat Capacity and Magnetic Entropy of
(ErxY1-x)2Ti2O7"; Michel Johnson gave two posters on, "Physical Property
Measurement System" and "Scanner Thermal Microscope"; and Ran Chen gave a
poster on, "Control of Morphological and Organic Content of Hybrid Al2O3/PMMA
In June, Carl Romao and Kimberly Miller attended the
International Thermal Conductivity Conference and International Thermal
Expansion Symposium in Saguenay, Quebec (photo).
Carl Romao gave a talk, "Finite Element Analysis of Thermal Properties of
Composites Containing Negative Thermal Expansion Materials" and Kimberly
Miller also gave a talk, "Synthesis and Investigation of Mixed Molybdate
Compounds as Low Positive and Low Negative Thermal Expansion Materials."
Mary Anne White received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws
honoris causa, from the University of Western Ontario on June 13,
2011. Mary Anne also delivered the convocation address. See
here for details.
Mary Anne White presented a talk, "Structure, Electronic
Properties and Dynamics of Si Clathrates with Na Guests" at the North American
Solid State Chemistry Conference, Hamilton, ON, June 2011.
Alex Bouque is continuing his stay in Japan, as his
industrial internship in the DREAMS
program. While there, he visited the National Institute for Materials Science
in Tsukuba (photo),
Welcome back to Dr. Cathy Whitman, Research Associate,
after her maternity leave.
Congratulations to Craig Bryan on the receipt of his
BSc(Hon), May 2011 (photo).
Craig was an honours project student 2010-2011.
Alex Bouque (PhD candidate in the
DREAMS program) is carrying out an
internship at Toshiba R&D in Kawasaki, Japan. Here (photo)
is a photo of Alex with his lab-mates at Toshiba.
Welcome to three new students in May. Eileen Burns (photo)
is a summer student who has just finished second year in Chemistry at
Dalhousie. Eileen is an NSERC DREAMS (Dalhousie
Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability) summer award
holder. John Niven (photo)
is a summer student who has just completed his second year in Physics student
at Dalhousie, and John holds an NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research
Award). Jan Pöhls (photo)
is a visiting researcher from Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany.
Jan is carrying out research for his Masters in Materials Science in our lab,
and he'll be here for six months.
In April, Mary Anne White attended the Materials Research
Society Conference in San Francisco. She presented a talk ("Sustainable
Materials Issues: A Graduate Course") in the Forum on Materials Education and
Evaluation, and a poster ("Thermal and electrical conductivity of bulk,
aligned MWCNT arrays and yarns") in the Symposium on Nanoscale Heat
Transport--From Fundamentals to Devices.
Congratulations to Hong Tang (MSc, 2007) and his wife Yue
Liu, on the birth of their son, Lucas, on March 25. Lucas is a baby brother
At the end of March Anthony Cerqueira and Kimberly Miller
attended that Atlantic Inorganic Discussion Weekend in Fredericton, NB.
Anthony presented a poster, "Synthesis and Thermodynamic Stability of Boron
Allotropes." Kimberly gave an oral presentation, "Trimolybdates to Tailor
Mary Anne White visited the Royal Military College of
Canada in Kingston, Ontario in March 2011, to present "The Role of Materials
Research in Your Life", as the 2011 J.R. Dacey Memorial Lecturer.
Mary Anne White and Ran Chen attended the 35th
International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites in Daytona Beach,
Florida in January 2011. Mary Anne presented an invited talk, "Morphological
Control of Freeze-Cast Ceramics with Different Compositions" and Ran presented
a poster "Porous Hybrid Al2O3-Based Ceramics Prepared by
Freeze casting and Organic Surface Modifications" (photo
Mary Anne White presented Sustainable Energy: Fantasy and
Reality at Hal-Con 2010, Halifax, in November 2010. This was as invited
lecture at this science fiction/fantasy conference.
Mary Anne White was a panelist at "Science and its
Publics," a discussion on science and the media, held in Halifax in November
2010, to celebrate the opening of the
Centre of Canada.
Congratulations to Patricia Laws (MSc 2002) and her husband
Tom on the birth of their baby, Samuel Thomas, on November 14.
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek (MSc, 2005; PhD, 2009)
and his wife Tara on the birth of their son, Cameron, on October 1, 2010 (photo
September 2010: Welcome to new graduate students, Carl
Romao (BSc, McGill) and Louis Desgrosseilliers (BEng, U Waterloo). Carl is a
new MSc student and Louis is a new MASc student, co-supervised by Dr. Dominic
Groulx in Mechanical Engineering. We also welcome new honours project student,
At the end of July/early August, Mary Anne White and Mike
Johnson attended the 21st IUPAC International Conference on Chemical
Thermodynamics in Tsukuba, Japan. Mary Anne presented an invited public
lecture, "Energy and Temperature in Our Lives: The Role of Thermodynamics" (link
to photo and
poster), as well as an oral presentation, "Thermal Properties of Nanoscale
Materials" in a Special Session in Honor of Professor S. Seki and Professor H.
link). Mike gave an oral presentation, "Getting Accurate Heat Capacity
Measurements from a PPMS" in the workshop on Calorimetry with Commercial
Relaxation Calorimeters, and also presented a poster, "Magnetic Phase
Transitions in (YxEr1-x)2Ti2O7 : Influence of Magnetic Field" in the Symposium
on Inorganic Materials (photo
link). While in Tsukuba, Dr. Makoto Tachibana took us on a tour of the
National Institute of Materials Science (photo
link). A highlight of the conference was meeting The Emperor of Japan (photo
For the last half of July, we hosted our Brazilian
collaborator, Dr. Bojan Marinkovic, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro [photo
Mary Anne White is the program director for a new research
program -- Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and
Sustainability, otherwise known as DREAMS. This is a $1.65 million NSERC
Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, aimed
primarily at supporting a cohort of research trainees (mostly Masters and PhD
students, but also undergraduates and postdocs) who will address important
aspects of energy production/storage and sustainability. Researchers will play
a pivotal role in renewable energy production and storage as well as the
sustainable production of environmentally acceptable or re-usable materials.
For more details about DREAMS, see the IRM
website, the announcement on the
Chemistry website and
national launch of the CREATE program took place at Dalhousie University (photo
Mary Anne White has been selected as one of the 2010
recipients of a University Research Professorship at Dalhousie University.
Limited to 15 positions across the whole University, the title of University
Research Professor is granted to faculty members who have achieved
distinction in scholarship. Mary Anne was first appointed as University
Research Professor 2005-2010, and the present announcement is a renewal of the
Congratulations to Kim Miller on the renewal of her Sumner
Congratulations to Patrick Murray who received his BSc
(Honours) at convocation on May 26, 2010. See a photo here (photo)
Mary Anne White had a visit to Utah in May, and gave a
lecture, "Thermoelectrics for Power Generation" at Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT, and "Thermal Properties of Materials: From Energy Storage to
Thermoelectrics" at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
Mary Anne White is honoured to be the recipient of the 2010
Dalhousie University Undergraduate Chemistry Society Teaching Award. The
winner of this teaching award is chosen by the undergraduate chemistry
Our group had good participation at the recent Atlantic
Student Chemistry Conference, ChemCon 2010, held at Dalhousie University in
May 2010. Andrew Ritchie presented a poster, "Local Structure and Electronic
Property Elucidation of Sodium-Containing Silicon Clathrates Through X-ray
Absorption Studies." Anthony Cerqueira also presented a poster, "Synthesis and
Determination of Thermodynamic Stability of Boron Phases." Summer students
Lauren Bilinsky and Alex Safatli also attended the conference, and Mary Anne
White presented one of the keynote addresses, "Advanced Materials in YOUR
In May 2010, Alex Bourque attended a week-long Workshop on
Small Angle Scattering at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Whitman and her husband Aaron
Whitman, on the birth of their son,
Chase Herbert, on May 7, 2010..
Welcome to summer students Lauren Bilinsky (photo)
and Alex Safatli (photo).
Lauren and Alex will be with us from early May to the end of August.
In late April 2010, Mary Anne White and Kim Miller traveled
to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to visit collaborators at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, with whom Mary Anne holds an NSERC CIAN grant,
Interamerican Collaboration on Negative Thermal Expansion Materials. Mary Anne
stayed for a week and presented a seminar, "Thermal Properties of Materials:
From Energy Storage to Thermoelectrics." Kim stayed for three weeks to carry
out some synthesis and characterization of new compounds. See a photo here (photo).
Congratulations to former group member David James on the
award of an NSERC PGS-D scholarship. David is currently a PhD student at MUN.
Congratulations to Anthony Cerqueira for winning second
prize in the poster competition at the Atlantic Inorganic Discussion Weekend,
March 13-14, for his poster "Synthesis and Determination of Thermodynamic
Stability of Boron Allotropes"! See a photo here (photo).
Congratulations to Philippe Tremblay (Honours project
2008-9) on acceptance to the Medicine program at Dalhousie!
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, "Thermal
Conductivity of Nacre and Modified Nacre" (co-authors Mike Johnson and
Philippe Tremblay) at the 33rd International Conference on Advanced Ceramics
and Composites, Daytona Beach, Florida, in January.
Welcome to Dr. Ran Chen as a new postdoctoral fellow. Ran
received his PhD last year from the China Institute of Petroleum, on
"Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Performance of Novel Mesoporous and
Supermicroporous Zeolites Based on Porous Silica". Ran joined us in January
Welcome to Emma Neynens, Jessica Frison, Kristianne Galpin,
three Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP) research students, who
joined us in January 2010.
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek as he starts in January
as a Research Associate at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences [link],
National Research Council, Ottawa. We bid a fond farewell to Mike in December
In September 2009, Cathy attended the 6th International
Workshop on Auxetics and Related Systems in Bolton, England and gave a talk:
"Thermal Properties of Orthorhombic Y2Mo3O12 and Related Materials".
In October 2009, Cathy attended the COMSOL Conference in
Boston and gave a poster: "Negative Thermal Expansion Materials: Thermal
Stress and Implications for Composite Materials".
Mary Anne White and Kim Miller attended Discoveryfest, a
celebration of science held at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community
College on November 3, 2009. Mary Anne presented the keynote address, "Science
in Our Lives" and Kim held visitors' attention with chemistry demonstrations
at the Dalhousie Chemistry table. (see
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek on his graduation with
his PhD on October 18. (photo)
Welcome to Anthony Cerqueira, a new Masters student who
started in September 2009. Anthony received his BSc in Chemistry from
University of Manitoba in the spring.
Welcome to Alex Bourque a new PhD student who started in
September 2009. Alex completed his BSc at Dalhousie in 2007, including an
honours research project in our group. He has just submitted his Masters at
Universite de Montreal.
Congratulations to Mike Jakubinek on
completion of his PhD in Physics, August 2009. Mike's thesis title was
and Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Materials. (photo)
Welcome back to summer student Patrick
Murray who has been visiting McMaster University to grow crystals for
use in his 2009-10 honours project.
In late July, we welcomed Dr. Suad Bahammam
from the Princess Nora-Bint Abdul Rahman University in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Bahammam visited the lab for a month to learn more about advanced
techniques to investigate thermal properties of solids.
In July 2009, Cathy Whitman traveled to
Ottawa for discussions on heat storage materials.
Congratulations to Kim Miller on passing
her PhD Qualifying Exam in Chemistry, July 2009.
Mary Anne White traveled to Banff,
Alberta in July 2009, where she presented an invited talk: "Thermal Properties
of Materials: Opportunities for Coordination Chemistry" at the Japan-Canada
Coordination Space Symposium.
Mary Anne White and Mike Jakubinek traveled
to Moncton, NB in June 2009 for the Canadian Association of Physicists
Congress. Mary Anne gave an invited talk: "Thermoelectric Materials for Power
Generation" and Mike gave a talk: "Thermal and Electrical Conductivity of
Carbon Nanotube Materials."
In June, Mike Jakubinek attended the 22nd
Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics in Halifax and gave a talk: "Negative
Thermal Expansion Materials: Thermal Stress and Implications for Composite
In June 2009, Mary Anne White and Andrew
Ritchie traveled to Hamilton, Ontario for the Canadian Chemical Society
Conference. Mary Anne gave two talks: "Thermal Transport in Nanoscale
Composites and the Public Understanding of Chemistry: Experiences with
Public Broadcasting." and Andrew gave a talk: "Local Structure and Electronic
Property Elucidation of Sodium Containing Silicon Clathrates Through X-ray
In June 2009, almost everyone in the group
presented a poster at the Annual General Meeting of the
Institute for Research in Materials.
In June 2009, Mary Anne White traveled to
Toronto for the annual meeting of the Solar Building Research Network.
We have a new grant, from NSERC, in the
Inter-American Collaboration in Materials Research (CIAM program), to
collaborate with Dr. Bojan Marinkovic and his colleagues, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, on negative thermal expansion materials.
Congratulations to Philippe Tremblay on
graduation with his BSc (Honours Chemistry) in May 2009 (photo).
Philippe is now studying at Université Moncton.
Mary Anne White gave a presentation, "What's hot about
cold?" at the Ontario Science Centre in February, 2009. As part of the
presentation, she showed the audience how to make six-pointed snowflakes. For
Mary Anne White presented an invited talk, "Thermal
Conductivity of Light-Cured Dental Composites: Importance of Filler Particle
Size" (co-authors Mike Jakubinek and Richard Price) at the 33rd International
Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, Florida, in
In January, three DISP (Dalhousie Integrated Science
Program) students, Yasmin Abdalla, Kelsey Harding and Alexandra Reda, began a
research project on the physical properties of hair.
In January, Yousef Alattar, joined our group. Yousef is a
co-op student in the Chemical Engineering program at Dalhousie University.
Mike Jakubinek traveled to Boston for the 2008 Fall Meeting
of the Materials Research Society in December. He gave an oral presentation,
"Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube-Epoxy Composites with Covalent
Mary Anne White traveled to Japan in November/December.
While there, she attended the 4th International Symposium on the New Frontiers
of Thermal Studies of Materials in Yokohama, where she presented an invited
talk, "Negative Thermal Expansion Materials and Their Related Thermal
Properties" and the poster "Thermal Properties of Nano-Scale Materials". While
in Japan, she visited the Toshiba Research & Development Center in Kawasaki,
and presented a lecture, "Thermal Properties of Materials".
Mary Anne White visited Washington, DC in November. During
that trip, she spend a day at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, where she
gave a talk "Thermoelectrics: New Materials by Design?", and two days at an
NSF-funded workshop ("Global Nano Science and Engineering Education Workshop")
where she gave an invited poster "Thermal Properties of Nano-Scale Materials."
Albert Pumpkinstein (photo),
carved by Kim Miller, took the best pumpkin prize at the Department of
Chemistry's annual pumpkin carving contest.
Rong Sun (MSc, 2004) has now successfully completed his PhD
at MIT, and has obtained a position with a Boston-area startup company in the
telecommunication equipment business.
Mary Anne White was a moderator at a panel discussion on
"Policies for Sustainable Prosperity" at the
Power of Green conference in
Halifax in October.
In October, Mike Jakubinek attended the 2008
COMSOL Conference in Boston, where he participated in workshops on finite
element method modeling and presented a poster entitiled "Temperature
excursions at the pulp-dentin junction during the curing of light activated
In September, Mary Anne White visited McGill
University and Université de Montréal, where she was a lecturer for the Centre
for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS). Her seminar was entitled
"Molecular-Based Design Rules for Reversible Thermochromic Mixtures.>
Congratulations to Andrew Ritchie on the award of a Douglas
E. Ryan Prize in Chemistry for 2008. The award is for "overall excellence in
graduate work in Chemistry at Dalhousie University."
Congratulations to Kim Miller on successfully defending her
MSc thesis, "Synthesis and characterization of surface modified chitosan with
polyaza macrocycles", in Chemistry at University of Prince Edward Island.
Mary Anne White presented a lecture "Materials Research:
Materials Designed with Conscience" for the Shad Valley Program, Dalhousie
University, July 2008. At the end, she and Andrew Ritchie made liquid nitrogen
frozen yogurt, always a hit with these high school students after an evening
lecture in July!
Mike Jakubinek spent most of the month of July at the
Steacie Institute for Molecular Science of the National Research Council in
Ottawa, working with Dr. Benoit Simard's group on carbon nanotube materials.
Congratulations to Mike Johnson and his wife Laura, on the
birth of their son, Marc Michel Johnson (photo)
on June 22, 2008.
Andrew Ritchie visited the Canadian Light Source in
Saskatoon in June, where he carried out experiments on thermoelectric
On June 25th the Halifax Chronicle Herald published
real costs of air conditioning", an opinion piece by Mary Anne White. The
article is based on a presentation given by Mary Anne at the 5th Science
Centre World Congress held in Toronto the previous week.
Mary Anne White received a Doctor of Science (honoris
causa) from McMaster University on June 10, 2008. See the
story in DalNews,
and a photo
from the convocation.
Hong Tang and David James received MSc and BSc (Hon)
degrees at the Dalhousie University Spring Convocation (photo).
In May, Mary Anne White visited Queen's University Belfast,
where she presented a lecture, "Molecular-Based Design Rules for Reversible
Mike Jakubinek was awarded a
Walter C Sumner Fellowship for
Philippe Tremblay joined the group as a summer research
Congratulations to former group member Alex Bourque on
award of an NSERC graduate scholarship.
was awarded a Killam Memorial Scholarship for the 2008/09 year.
Kimberly Miller joined the group as a PhD student in
Hong Tang successfully defended his MSc thesis, "Use of
Ink-jet Combinatorial Techniques to Investigate Thermochromic Materials" on
December 6. Hong has taken up a position as a chemist with
Dartmouth. Congratulations, Hong!
In late November, Mary Anne White attended the Materials
Research Society meeting in Boston, and presented a talk: "Reduced Thermal
Conductivity by Low-Frequency Optic Modes that Give Rise to Negative Thermal
Expansion: Opportunities for Thermoelectrics."(co-author Catherine
In November 2007, Mary Anne White visited University of
Victoria and UBC, where she presented the lectures, "Thermoelectrics: New
Materials by Design" and "Molecular-Based Design Rules for Reversible
Thermochromic Mixtures," respectively. On her way there, she visited McMaster
University where she presented two lectures "Molecular-Based Design Rules
for Reversible Thermochromic Mixtures" and "Materials Science in the
Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum" She also stopped in Edmonton and received
the McNeil Medal for Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of
In early November, Mary Anne White traveled to Boston with
delegates from Atlantic Canada who were selected to increase interactions
between our region and the north-eastern US. While there, she presented a
lecture at MIT, "Thermal Properties of Materials: From Teeth to Solar Building
Materials" and had a chance to meet with Rong Sun, an MSc graduate from our
lab who is now studying for his PhD at MIT (photo).
In late October, 2007, Mary Anne White visited Alberta, and
presented two seminars: "Thermoelectrics: New Materials by Design" at
University of Alberta, and "Molecular-Based Design Rules for Reversible
Thermochromic Mixtures." at University of Calgary.
In early October, 2007, Mary Anne White visited southern
Ontario. While there she presented two seminars: "Thermoelectrics: New
Materials by Design" at University of Western Ontario, and "Molecular-Based
Design Rules for Reversible Thermochromic Mixtures" at University of
In September 2007, Mary Anne White gave an invited lecture,
"The Implications of Negative Thermal Expansion for Thermal Conductivity"
(co-author Cathy Whitman) at "Negative Materials - Fourth
International Workshop on Auxetics and Related Systems" Malta. This talk,
presented in the public session, showed the link between negative thermal
expansion and thermal conductivity, with possible connections to auxetic
David James and Yaoting Zhang joined the group as Honours
Research Project Students.
Mary Anne White attended the 62nd Calorimetry
Conference, held jointly with The Japan Society of Calorimetry and Thermal
Analysis, on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Mary Anne was co-chair of the
Symposium on Materials, and also presented two lectures "Heat
Capacity of Er2Ti2O7 in Magnetic Fields up to
9 Tesla" and "Quantum Design PPMS
for Accurate Heat Capacity Measurements" and, together with Rob White, a
Properties of Amino Dicarboxylic Acids."
Alex Bourque and Steve Cook left the group to begin
graduate studies at
Université de Montréal and San
Diego State University.
Mary Anne White has been
selected as the 2007 recipient of the
McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada for Public Awareness of
here to read the announcement. She will receive this award at the meeting
of the Royal Society of Canada in Edmonton in November.
The group attended the IRM
Annual General Meeting and Research Day.
Steve Cook attended the 2nd
Canadian Solar Buildings Conference in Calgary.
The group attended the
International Defense Applications of Materials Meeting in Halifax where
Mary Anne White gave a keynote
lecture, Advances in Thermoelectric Materials.
Hong Tang and Andrew Ritchie
attended the 90th Canadian Chemistry Conference in Winnipeg where they
presented the posters Using Thermal Bubble Inkjet Printer to Investigate
Thermochromic Materials and Towards More Efficient Thermoelectric
Steve Cook was accepted to the
MS program in the Chemistry Department at San Diego State University starting
Andrew Ritchie participated in
the 7th Canadian Powder Diffraction Workshop at Université de Quebec
The group participated in the
IRM Materials Characterization Workshop at Dalhousie.
Alex Bourque was accepted to
the Masters program in the Chemistry Department at Université de Montréal
starting September 2007.
Alex Bourque was awarded the
degree BSc (honours) in Chemistry from Dalhousie.
Mike Jakubinek was awarded a
Walter C Sumner Fellowship for 2007/08.
Alex Bourque won the E. Gordon Young Memorial Prize for
Best Physical and Theoretical Chemistry presentation at the APICS Student
Chemistry Conference at Acadia University in May.
Mary Anne White gave an invited talk, Thermal Properties of Materials: From
Teeth to Solar Building Materials
to the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson
Amit Gandhi has joined the
group as a summer student.
Mike Jakubinek attended the
Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco and gave an oral
presentation, Thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube/epoxy composites.
Mary Anne White gave a guest
lecture, Principles of Crystal Growth,
at Frantic Films, a
Winnipeg-based computer animation company.
Cathy Whitman joined
the joined the group as a Research Associate. Cathy comes from Imperial Oil
and completed her PhD in the MA White group at Dalhousie in 2005.
and Alex Bourque participated in the Maritime Inorganic Discussion Weekend at
Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Mary Anne White gave an invited talk, Thermoelectric Materials, at the
International Workshop on Materials Issues in the Development of Power and
Energy Systems in Halifax.
was awarded an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship for the 2007/08 year.
Mary Anne White presented an
invited lecture, Novel Physical and Chemical Properties of Zeolitic
Nanomaterials, at the American Chemical Society Conference in Chicago.
Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC, and Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President
of the Canada Foundation for Innovation visited our lab (photo).
A TA Instruments Q200 Differential Scanning Calorimeter was
installed in our lab (photo).
This instrument is part of the IRM's Facilities for Materials Characterization
here for more info).
was awarded the
Leiper Prize by the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science in
recognition of his ability to communicate physics to the general public and
his enthusiasm and dedication to outreach programs.
joined the group as a Research Scientist. Steve completed his BSc in Chemistry
at Dalhousie in December 2006.
was profiled by the Killam Trusts in the
scholar profiles section of their new website.
passed his PhD qualifying exam in Chemistry.
passed his PhD preliminary exam in Physics.
Mary Anne White visited the
Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba and presented a seminar,
Molecular-Based Design Rules for Reversible Thermochromic Mixtures.
Jakubinek's NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship was renewed for the 2006/07