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What's New?

Our group, together with two African Universities’ groups, has been awarded with ~ 1M$ to pursue a research project focuses in environmental issues, particularly water remediation. This is one of the only 2 winning projects across Canada!!!
Together with our African partners, Tebello Nyokong (Rhodes University) and Edith Amuhaya (United States International University-Africa), we aim to use nanotechnology to develop materials that can provide solutions for current environmental issues, such as water and soil decontamination, as well as the design of new systems to reduce the cost of current methods of purification.

Two of the group's graduate students,
Chris McTiernan and Daniela Marquez, received their PhD diplomas at the convocation on June 19th.  As Tito was away, Emilio Alarcon accompanied them on the stage on this very special occasion. Congratulations to both Chris and Daniela. Well done!


Caitlin Lazurko presented and won first place at the Department of Otolaryngology Poliquin Research Day.
Congratulations, Caitlin!

Our work on
improving the sunscreen properties of titanium dioxide through an understanding of its catalytic properties has been selected  from the editors' and authors' choice open access papers from 18 ACS journals, and it’s now compiled among 29 others in the compendium called 'Hot Materials in a Cool Country'.

Virtual issue:
Editorial, "Hot Materials in a Cool Country"

The Centre for Advanced Materials Research (CAMaR) was launched on May 1, 2017 with a workshop attended by around 160 participants. The event included lectures posters and a panel discussion on careers. The photos enclosed provide a record of this important event.

Tito Scaiano (CAMaR Director) introduces Andrew Pelling from Physics as he present the opening lecture in the workshop.

A distinguished panel from industry, government and academia present their views on career opportunities.

An attentive audience follows a lecture in the excellent conference facilities in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

At the Advanced Research Complex on King Edward the new facilities await the installation of modern instrumentation over the next few months.

Daniela Marquez Soto has successfully defended her doctoral thesis on April 5th, 2017. Congratulations Dani!

Justin Hodgins has recently defended his honours thesis with an honorable mention! Congratulations Justin! Well done!!!


Two of our recently published articles have been selected by the Editorial Board of Synfacts for their important insights. In SYNFACTS, current research results in chemical synthesis from the primary literature are screened, selected, evaluated, summarized, and enriched with personal comments by experts in their fields on a monthly basis. The articles are available online:
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0036-1590130 (Palladium/Titania-Photocatalyzed Reactions of Allylbenzenes)
https://thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0036-1589784 (Photocatalytic Click Chemistry with Copper Oxide Doped Semiconductors)

Chris McTiernan has successfully defended his doctoral thesis on December 5th 2016. Congratulations!

Jazmin Silvero has received the Cilento award at the IAPS conference in Sarasota, Florida, January, 2017.

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Justin Hodgins and Andrew Hainer have received the Departmental Travel Award for participation in the CSC conference in Toronto, Ontario, on May, 2017.

June 2016:

Tito has recently received the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry from the
American Chemical Society.

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Charles Crites has recently received his PhD degree in Chemistry. Congrats!

May 2015:

May 29, 2015
Tito Scaiano and his interdisciplinary team have received funding for a new project on Advanced Materials from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Advanced Materials: From Designer Molecules to Transformative Devices

New materials are changing the way we live in many ways, ranging from the health sciences, to new ways of converting and storing energy, to materials for solar energy applications, to materials with unprecedented mechanical, electrical or optical properties. Tito Scaiano, will establish a Centre for Advanced Materials Research (CAMR) in the newly opened Advanced Research Complex. CAMR will include the team of co-applicants rom the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine. This Centre will explore new materials that could lead to tissue regeneration and cryopreservation based on nanotechnologies, on-chip devices for new quantum computing, plasmonic materials allowing new disease diagnostics and unprecedented therapies, as well as materials that will improve organ imaging. Together with strengths in catalysis and photonics, the Centre will position the University of Ottawa as one of the most advanced and exciting locations for materials research in Canada.

The research funding, which was announced on May 29 by the federal government and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), is part of the Innovation Fund, which supports world-leading research infrastructure projects that are needed for Canada to be a global leader in innovation.

Video of Tito discussing the CFI funding:


Announcement from uOttawa's website:


May 2015:

Cristina and Vincent return to the Scaiano Group for the summer: URS Scholars

May 2014:

Congratulations to Greg Hodgson, who was awarded second prize in the materials science division of the 2014 CSC Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C., with a poster entitled "Photochemical Preparation and Catalytic Applications of Novel Samarium Oxide Nanoparticles"


July 2013:

Congratulations to
Stefania Impellizzeri who has been awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years to work with Tito Scaiano on the project:

“Light-Driven Molecular Devices for Inexpensive and Ecologogical Rewrittable Materials: Green Nanotechnology for Rapid and Secure Communications”

Stefania is studying fundamental processes in nanoscience to develop nanotechnology for sub-wavelength read/write processes.


April 2013:

Tito and Kevin recently published a perspective in issue 7 of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, titled:

Can Surface Plasmon Fields Provide a New Way to Photosensitize Organic Photoreactions? From Designer Nanoparticles to Custom Applications

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In Kevin’s words:
‘This perspective focuses on some photochemical methods for the synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles and how plasmon excitation can be used as a tool for novel photochemistry related with extreme localized heating, enhanced redox chemistry and enhanced photochemical and photophysical processes at the surface of plasmon excited metal nanoparticles.’

Here is a link to a video where Tito and Kevin discuss their work:


Has, an undergraduate student in our group, has recently won the “Undergraduate Research Excellence Award for Biochemistry" for the category of "Cell Function and Differentiation and Cancer" for the biochemistry honours research poster day. The title of his research project was "Plasmon mediated melting as a tool for temperature sensing in gold nanoparticles"

Congratulations, Has!


March 2013:

Marisa and Michel hosted a ‘hands-on chemistry’ event for a club of young girls interested in science, named CAGIS (Canadian Association of Girls in Science). Marisa selected and prepared numerous chemistry experiments that the girls performed themselves. It was a record turn-out and an event that the girls will not soon forget!


January 2013:

esearch Associate Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley has just been announced as the winner of the SPIE Byers Award for her presentation “Ionic Carbamate Photoacid/Photobase Generators for the Advancement of Dual Tone Photolithography” at the 2012 SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics) Conference in San Jose, California. The Award will be presented in February 2013 in California.
Congratulations Geniece!

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October 9th, 2012:

Tito received the Theodor Förster award of the German Chemical Society on October 9, 2012 at a conference in Potsdam (Berlin).  Tito follows a long list of distinguished past winners that include George Porter, London, Albert Weller, Göttingen, Zbigniew R. Grabowski, Warschau, Fritz P. Schäfer, Göttingen, Jan W. Verhoeven, Amsterdam, Waldemar Adam, Würzburg, Dietmar Möbius, Göttingen, Frans Carl DeSchryver, Leuven, Kurt Schaffner, Mülheim, Jakob Wirz, Basel, Nicholas J. Turro, New York, Gion Calzaferri, Bern, Masahiro Irie, Tokyo, and Miguel A. Miranda, Valencia. 
The Förster lecture entitled "Using Organic Photochemistry to Make Nanoparticles and Nanoparticles to Direct Organic Chemistry" was also presented at Bremen (Oct 11) and Cologne (Oct 12).

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June 14th, 2012:

Tito appointed visiting professor in Valencia.


May 25th, 2012:

The article by Kevin and Tito on the early stages of silver nanoparticle formation was selected for inclusion in JACS Select #14 covering "Advances at the Frontiers of Photochemical Sciences" and edited by Professor Miguel Garcia Garibay.  You can access this selection of articles at:
and also hear an interview with the editor.  

To see the original article chick here:

Our group recently acquired a Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope.


Tito is an author of a popular photochemistry book.

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