Scaiano Group

Geniece Hallett-Tapley

BSc Chemistry - Acadia University 2002

MSc Physical Organic Chemistry/Photochemistry Dalhousie University (Dr. Frances Cozens) 2004

PhD Physical Organic Chemistry/Photochemistry Dalhousie University (Dr. Frances Cozens) 2009

Geniece was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia in April 1980. In 2002, Geniece received her BSc in Chemistry from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Following undergrad, she moved to Halifax to pursue graduate work under the supervision of Dr. Frances Cozens at Dalhousie University. In 2004, she successfully defended her MSc in Chemistry focused on the study of short-lived carbocation formation in Y zeolites, namely on xanthylium and cumyl carbocations. Geniece continued to study under Dr. Cozens for the PhD, examining the variations of substituent effects on carbocation reactivity in both homogenous and heterogeneous media. The main focus of her PhD thesis was linear free energy relationships, where isokinetic effects were found to play an important role towards carbocation reactivity in non-protic zeolites. In August 2009, Geniece successfully defended her PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry and quickly packed up and moved to the University of Ottawa to begin postdoctoral studies under Dr. Scaiano in September. Currently as Research Associate, Geniece plays an integral role in the development of nanomaterial catalysis in the group, focusing on the catalysis of variety of organic reactions mediated via plasmon excitation. As of late, her interest has shifted towards the investigation of niobium oxides as novel Brønsted acid catalysts. In her spare time, Geniece enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, walking and watching movies.

As of August 1, 2014, Geniece has relocated back to her home province to take up the position of Assistant Professor within in the Department of Chemistry at St. Francis Xavier University, one of Canada's premiere undergraduate institutions located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  Geniece's research program will be focused on examining guest-host interactions within alkali metal- and layered niobate structures.