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Charles-Oneil Crites


B.Sc. spécialisé approfondi en chimie Université d'Ottawa 2010

Charles-Oneil was born in Québec, Québec, Canada in 1986. He obtained his BSc Honours in Chemistry in 2010 from the University of Ottawa under the guidance of Professor J.C Scaiano working on the synthesis of supported gold nanoparticles using photochemically generated radicals as reducing agents. As an undergraduate student, Charles also completed two summer work terms at the National Research Council of Canada, the first at the Industrial Material Institute (NRC-IMI) investigating the synthesis of materials to improve the performance of PEM fuel cells. During the second summer, Charles was employed at the Institute of Chemical and Environmental Technology (NRC-ICPET) where he worked on the synthesis of new polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries. It was during this summer that the importance of balancing fundamental and applied chemical research became important to Charles and it was this passion that persuaded him to pursue is graduate studies in the Scaiano Research Group. Currently, Charles is exploring the role of radicals in noble metal nanoparticle catalysis, specifically focusing on the participation of radicals in Ag and Au nanoparticle mediated peroxidation of cumene and epoxidation of alkenes.