March 2023 - The Burgess group is looking for a post-doctoral fellow for a two-year funded position.
The candidate will work as part of multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary team with a prominent role at the mid-infrared beamline at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) located on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. A key component of this project is the development of infrared spectroscopy and microspectroscopy tools suitable for evaluating the uptake of the molecular components of combustion by mold. The successful PDF will apply existing methods and develop new toolsets to study simulated molecular uptake in biological mold systems and real-world samples. This work will require the PDF to have a strong background in applied optics and IR sampling methods and to work in both the Burgess laboratory and at the mid-IR beamline at the CLS. As partial funding for this project will be provided from the CLS, the successful candidate will also be required to assist staff with user support tasks, data processing, as well as basic beamline maintenance and upkeep. Working evenings and weekends may be required throughout the tenure of this position.
September 22nd 2020
Congratulations to Sajna for successfully defending her PhD.
July 5th, 2020
Lab reopens !!
June 23rd, 2020
May 28th, 2020
May 22nd, 2020
Osai's paper on Au nanodaggers on ITO for both SEIRAS and SERS applications has been published in J. Phys. Chem C.
May 1st 2020
Kaiyang starts his new job !
April 1st 2020
Erick's paper demonstrating the first use of dual comb IR spectroscopy for time resolved spectroscopy has been published in Analytical Chemistry. Working with our collaborators at the Canadian Light Source and IRsweep, we demonstrate in this paper that sub-monolayer concentrations of adsorbed molecules can be detected with ~ 10 microsecond resolution. You can also access the pre-print in the UofS open access repository.
Janaury 27th 2020
Congratulations to Kaiyang for successfully defending his PhD.
Electrochemistry is of great value and importance to anthropogenic activity and the global economy. Electrical power sources including batteries, dye-sensitized solar cells, fuels cells and supercapacitors all rely on electrochemical transformations to generate electricity. Furthermore, many industrial processes use electrocatalytic reactions to manufacture valuable commodity chemicals and materials.
Our research also has an applied focus with particular emphasis supporting Canada's mining industry. We are currently collaborating with the International Mineral and Mining Institute to develop better corrosion mitigation strategies in Potash mining environments. We have previous collaborations with theSylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, Vale Canada, ENPAR Technologies and Cameco.
Metal Nanoparticle Stabilizers
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Capping agents can also direct the growth of nanoparticles
Synchrotron Infrared Spectroscopy
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Synchrotrons are sources of high-brilliance IR radiation
Charge transfer across monolayers and bilayers
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Protons and electrons participate in electrochemical charge transfer reactions
Charge transfer in SAMs. In this project we explore how the adjustment of an applied potential can be used to drive charge transfer processes at monolayer modified electrodes. This includes protonation events where the electric field drives the protonation and deprotonation of a monolayer of mercaptobenzoic acid. [pdf-available]. Similarly, we are actively investigating the thermodyanmics and kinetics of electron transfer in self-assembled monolayer systems. An aminobenzoquinone system has been constructed which exhibits nearly ideal Nernstian behaviour allowing us to probe proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) [pdf-available].
Surface Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy
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You can perform IR spectroscopy of monolayer concentrations.
MiningDid you know?
Corrosion costs Saskatchewan Potash Producers $10 million annually.