Scaiano Group

Matthew Decan

BSc Chemistry, Western University, London, Ontario, 2007
PhD Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 2014

Matt was born in Chatham, ON. In 2007, Matt received his Honors B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Dr. John F. Corrigan and Dr. Mark S. Workentin studying the modification of gold nanoparticles with alkyl chalcogenolates. Matt obtained his PhD at the University of Ottawa in November 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Scaiano.

Matt’s research in the Scaiano group focused on exploring Copper(I)-catalyzed click chemistry. In one such project contributing to his doctoral thesis, Matt applied copper-click formed triazoles as functional, modular building blocks for the synthesis of a series of fluorescent metal ion sensors, each selective for a different metal cation. Matt’s research interests later turned toward studying click catalysis using colloidal and supported copper nanomaterials with single-molecule Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy. In 2014, some of Matt’s work was published in Nature Communications demonstrating true heterogeneous click catalysis on the surface of copper nanoparticles ruling out solution phase catalysis by monitoring single-catalytic events with TIRF microscopy.

Matthew recently completed his doctoral studies. Congratulations Matt!