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Dr. Alexandre Drouin

Senior Instructor – Department Chairperson

Dr. Alexandre Drouin was born in Arthabasca, Quebec. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr. Jean Lessard and Dr. Claude Spino. His research was aimed at the development of the rearrangement of N-heterosubstituted lactams. He then moved to the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, as an ARC-FNRS postdoctoral research fellow, where he worked on the total synthesis of polycavernoside A and the development of a new methodology for the hydroamination of unactivated alkenes, under the supervision of Dr.…Contact Information and full bio
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Dr. Alexandre Drouin was born in Arthabasca, Quebec. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr. Jean Lessard and Dr. Claude Spino. His research was aimed at the development of the rearrangement of N-heterosubstituted lactams. He then moved to the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, as an ARC-FNRS postdoctoral research fellow, where he worked on the total synthesis of polycavernoside A and the development of a new methodology for the hydroamination of unactivated alkenes, under the supervision of Dr. István Markó. After two years in Belgium, he came back in Sherbrooke where he joined Tranzyme Pharma as an NSERC postdoctoral scientist and worked on the development of new drugs for gastrointestinal diseases. He finally joined Bishop’s University in September 2012 as an assistant professor where he teaches all organic chemistry courses and labs.

Alexandre is also involved in research. He seeks to develop efficient and selective chemical transformations that will be applicable to the synthesis of complex natural products and motifs of pharmaceutical importance. He has a particular interest in cascades of pericyclic reactions as well as in enantioselective carbon-carbon bond formation that can be applied to the total synthesis of biologically active targets. These goals are currently split in 2 distinct research projects: 1- Combination of organocatalysis and pericyclic reactions for the synthesis of useful building blocks. 2- Development of a new catalytic method for the enantioselective alkylation of enolates.

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Mr. Karl Gagnon

Department Technician

Karl is lab instructor and lab technician in the department of Chemistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University and his master’s degree from the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr. Pierre D. Harvey. His research was aimed on the study of new conjugated metalladiethynyl polymers. Karl teaches the Introductory Chemistry laboratory courses.Contact Information and full bio
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2368

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Karl is lab instructor and lab technician in the department of Chemistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University and his master’s degree from the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Dr. Pierre D. Harvey. His research was aimed on the study of new conjugated metalladiethynyl polymers.

Karl teaches the Introductory Chemistry laboratory courses.

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Dr. Mihai Scarlete

Full Professor

Dr. Scarlete is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Bishop's University, Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, and a senior member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering at Politehnica Institute of Bucharest in Romania, and received his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy at McGill University.…Contact Information and full bio
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Dr. Scarlete is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Bishop’s University, Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, and a senior member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering at Politehnica Institute of Bucharest in Romania, and received his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry and Spectroscopy at McGill University. He teaches a variety of courses such as physical chemistry, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, scientific visualization in chemistry, and instrumentation and process control and simulation. Dr. Scarlete’s achievements include two industrial patents and one pending patent. Infrastructure in place for his research includes a thin film research laboratory at Bishop’s, containing a 250 square foot class 1000/100 clean room.

He collaborates with researchers from Université de Sherbrooke, the Institute of Microstructural Sciences at National Research Council, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie Varennes, the Department of Physics at École Polytechnique de Montréal, and with industrial and academic partners in Europe. His research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and by public and private bodies.

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Professor Mihai Scarlete, PhD McGill/Politehnica Bucarest (inorganic chemistry & spectroscopy, industrial physical chemistry). Associate professor Université de Sherbrooke (chimie, génie chimique, génie electrique et informatique.

Research interests:

  • Silicon single crystal growth (Czochralski).
  • Synthesis and characterisation of silicon-based ceramic thin films in the SiCON-system via polymer-source chemical vapour deposition for electronic, passivation and coating applications.
  • Maple-assisted database-design for modeling of phenomena and processes in physical chemistry (formal kinetics, statistical/phenomenological thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and molecular modeling).

Infrastructure: Cleanroom class 100, currently under redesign for expansion.

Cleanroom class 100, currently under redesign for expansion

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Silicon growth (Cz)
Silicon growth (Cz)
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Cz-crucible passivation
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Passivation of Cz-crucibles
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Thin ceramic film synthesis
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Thin film analysis (gaseous precursors, deposited phase)Mihai-BUChem-slide5
Maple-assisted simulationMihai-BUChem-slide6

 

Publications

Dr. Scarlete’s research contributions include:

Thermoplastic Adhesive for Silicon Wafers: Processing and Encapsulation of Semiconductor Devices, RO Patent 94792, 1987, Chemical Abstracts, 103/24586w (M. Scarlete).

Procedure for Growing Silicon Single Crystals, RO Patent 97805, 1988, Chemical Abstract, 104/38737x (M. Scarlete).
Scarlete, M. Butler, I.S., and Harrod, J.F., Nitrogenation of Silicon Carbide Layers Deposited on Silicon Single Crystal Wafers via Pyrolysis of Poly(methylsilane), Chem. Mater., 1995, 7, 1214.

Scarlete, M., He, J., and Harrod, J.F., Silicon Nitride and Silicon Carbonitride by the Pyrolysis of Poly(methylsiladiazane), J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., 1995, 78, 3009.

Scarlete, M., He, J., Harrod, J.F., and Butler, I.S., Poly(methylsilane) and Poly(hydrazinomethylsilane) as Precursors for Silicon-Containing Ceramics, NATO ASI Series E Applied Series – Advanced Study Institute, 1995, 297, 125.

Scarlete, M., He, J., Harrod, J.F., and Butler, I.S., Poly(methylsilane) and Poly(methylsiladiazane) as Precursors for Silicon-Containing Ceramics in Applications of Organometallic Chemistry in the Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials (Eds.: Laine, R.M.; Harrod, J.F.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1995, 371.

Scarlete, M. 1999, Modulated Chemical Brusselators. Presented: Annual Meeting of the l’Ordre des chimistes du Québec”, Montréal.

Scarlete, M. 2000. Electron Spectroscopy of Silicon Carbide Thin Layers Deposited on Inorganic Substrate via Autocatalytic Polymer Fragmentation. Presented: 83rd Canadian Society for Chemistry Meeting in Calgary.

Scarlete, M., Butler, I.S., Harrod, J.F., and McCourt, N. 2001. Spectroscopic Investigation of the Synthesis of Thin Silicon Nitride Films on Silicon Single Crystal Wafers via Ammonia-assisted Pyrolysis of Organosilicon Polymers. Chem. Mater. 13, 655.

Books on CD-ROM:

M. Scarlete, From First Order Reactions to Oregonator, Maple V – Assisted Computations

M. Scarlete, From Quantum Numbers to Molecular Modeling, Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, Gaseous State Visualization & Maple V – Assisted Computations

M. Scarlete, Maple V – Assisted Kinetic Theory of Gases

M. Scarlete, Maple V – Assisted Phenomenological Thermodynamics

M. Scarlete, Numbers behind Pictures in Physical Chemistry Text Books

M. Scarlete, Physical Chemistry of Solutions, Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, Point Group Analysis of Molecular Vibration, Visualization & Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, The Ultimate Pchem Tutor, Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, Visual Chemistry++, Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, Visual Statistical Thermodynamics, Maple V – Assisted Computation

M. Scarlete, WWW Living-Book of Physical Chemistry (CD-ROM version)

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Dr. Dale J. Wood

Associate Professor

Dr. Wood is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Bishop's University and Adjunct Professor at Université de Sherbrooke. He earned his Bachelor of Science and PhD in Chemistry at University of New Brunswick. His primary field of research is main-group inorganic chemistry. Chemistry professor Dale Wood has inspired students from various disciplines to enter his lab and study the science of brewing.…Contact Information and full bio
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Dr. Wood is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Bishop’s University and Adjunct Professor at Université de Sherbrooke. He earned his Bachelor of Science and PhD in Chemistry at University of New Brunswick. His primary field of research is main-group inorganic chemistry.

Chemistry professor Dale Wood has inspired students from various disciplines to enter his lab and study the science of brewing. Over the years, his individual course offering has grown into what will become Eastern Canada’s first academic brewery, opening in Fall 2015.

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Dr. Dale Wood, Chemistry professor and brewing aficionado

Dale Wood Brewing aficionado

Dr. Wood’s unique project has attracted a multitude of attention,  but more importantly, it has sparked a unique exchange between he and his students. “We have business and marketing majors involved with the brewery; they’re working on marketing projects with a brewery in mind,” explains Dr. Wood. “Those students will bring into the lab things I don’t know, and contribute in ways that are going to allow them to apply their backgrounds to something new, something practical, something experiential.”

“We sell this idea to prospective students:  you come to Bishop’s, we’re going to develop your ideas to be all they can be, but it’s not just the students who get this advantage, it’s the professors too. I don’t think I could have done this anywhere else; the interdisciplinary nature of this fits perfectly with the liberal education model here at Bishop’s.”

Students in Bishop's brewing program

Dr. Wood’s sees many similarities between his role as an academic and the brewmaster. “Professors, like brewmasters, are craftspeople who gather together raw materials and create conditions that encourage transformative processes – with sometimes ineffable results…the light bulb moments in our students when they finally combine their preparation, hard work, and learning with a touch of magic and a flash of insight to make sense of the world around them in a new way,” he says.

He adds: “We encourage our students to explore and make sure their ideas are known; I think that’s the reason this kind of project can work so well. I’m not isolated in a building on campus that’s spread out across an entire city; I’m exposed to the entire community. That is liberal education; it’s as much about the profs learning as the students.

“I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Publications

Boyle, P. D., Cameron, T. S., Decken, A., Passmore, J, and Wood, D. J. 1997. Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon 124 & 125, 549.

Cameron, T. S., Decken, A., Fang, M., Parsons, S., Passmore, J., and Wood, D. J. 1999. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications 1801.

Berces, A., Enright, G.D., McLaurin, G.E., Morton, J.R., Preston, K.F., Passmore, J. and Wood, D. J. 1999. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 37, 353.

Arp, H.P.H., Decken, A., Passmore, J. and Wood, D. J. 2000. Inorganic Chemistry 39 (9), 1840.