Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University offers undergraduate education in a supportive and friendly environment. Our broad range of courses offers a rigorous core education in the theory and practice of chemistry. We also provide students in other disciplines with an introduction to the principles and practices of this central science, which contributes to their fundamental understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

Our chemistry professors are committed to engaging undergraduate students in research activities. Motivated students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience as research assistants. Many present their research projects at regional and national conferences.  Students who may have an interest in a specific area of research are encourged to contact our Chemistry Faculty members directly.

Both our Majors and Honours programs are fully accredited‌ by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.




Fourth year chemistry student Maddison Eisnor has won the Chemical Institute of Canada’s CIC Analytical Chemistry Division Undergraduate Travel Award in Honor of Dr. Nick Toltl.

Congrats Maddy!



Peer-reviewed publication:

Kaitlyn L. Blatt-Janmaat, Stephanie L. MacQuarrie, Clarissa S.Sit

Does size matter? An investigation into the impact of coarse and fine ground inoculated biochar on Hordeum vulgare (barley) growth and yield, Rhizosphere, 2020

This is the first publicaiton from the Sit Research Group in 2020. Researcher Kaitlyn recent SMU Chemistry Honours (and biology major) graduate.



Peer-reviewed publication:

C. Pye

An ab initio study of the effect of hydration on the vibrational spectrum of hydrogen sulfate, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, 2020

This paper uses ab initio theory to interpret the differences in the Raman spectra of the hydrogen sulfate ion (HSO4-) in gas-phase, aqueous solution, and the counterion in hexylmethylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate ionic liquid.



Peer-reviewed publication:

T. Hynes, D.S. Hall, A.W.H. Speed, J.D. Masuda, J.R. Dahn

A one-pot method for the synthesis of 3-(hetero-)aryl-1,4,2-dioxazol-5-ones, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 2020



Peer-reviewed publication:

Shruti D. Bindesri, Ricardo Jebailey, Najwan Albarghouthi, Cory C. Pye, Christa L. Brosseau

Spectroelectrochemical and computational studies of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-COOH), Analyst, 2020

This is the first publication from the Brosseau group in 2020. Representing the group are: Shruti (a Chemistry Honours student), Ricardo (a SMU undergraduate student), Najwan (a SMU PhD student) and Dr. Christa Brosseau. SMU Chemistry faculty member, Dr. Cory Pye provided support in the collaboration by providing ab initio calculations.



Peer-reviewed publication:

Bačić, G., Rankine, C.D.; Masuda, J.D.; Wann, D.A.; Barry, S.T.

Volatile and Thermally Stable Polymeric Tin Trifluoroacetates, Inorganic Chemistry, 2020



Peer-reviewed publication:

Land, M.A.; Robertson, K.N.; Barry, S.T.

Ligand-Assisted Volatilization and Thermal Stability of Bis(imido)dichloromolybdenum(VI) ([(t-BuN═)2MoCl2]2) and Its Adducts, Organometallics, 2019.

First PhD publication from SMU MSc graduate Michael Land and involving a collaboration with SMU chemistry department crystallography expert Kathy Robertson.



Peer-reviewed publication:

Griffiths, M.B.E; Dubrawski, Z.S.; Bacic, G.; Japahuge, A.; Masuda, J.D.; Zeng, T.; Barry, S.T.

Controlling the Thermal Stability and Volatility of Organogold(I) Compounds for Vapour Deposition with Complementary Ligand Design, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2019.