Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation Seminar Talk

Phil recently presented his collaborative work with the Ben Lab on Ice Recrystallization Inhibition molecules to the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) at the University of Ottawa. The CCRI is a collaborative organization of researchers at the University of Ottawa with the focus being on catalysis research and innovation. The talk is a weekly seminar showcasing specific research projects from various research groups of the CCRI.

Phil’s talk was on developing a Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model to predict the activity of molecules for ice recrystallization and preservation.

Teaching Assistant Award!

Phil was recently awarded a Teaching Assistant Award from the Department of Chemistry for the 2013-2014 school year! Last year Phil TA’d general chemistry as a tutorial lecturer/lab demonstrator, organic chemistry as a lab demonstrator, and advanced materials synthesis as a lab demonstrator. This is the first teaching assistant award Phil has received!

Here’s a picture of one of Phil’s tutorial classes for gen. chem!


CMC Poster Award!

Phil received another poster award, this time at the  CMC conference in Banff. There were four total poster prizes for each different symposia with 6o+ posters. This marks the third poster prize and a perfect conference record!


Phil De Luna (left) accepts prize for poster in Theme A category from CMC Scientific Director Steve Larter

Carbon Management Canada (CMC) Conference

Phil has presented work at the Carbon Management Canada (CMC) Conference at Banff May 27th – 29th. He presented work which was representative of the entire WooLab research group rather than a specific project. CMC is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing carbon emissions through the capture and storage of CO2 in terms of both experimental and policy research.


Honourable Mention Poster Award!

Phil received an Honourable Mention Poster Award from the Transformational Technologies in Molecular Simulation (TTMS) Summer School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There were 64 posters presented and only 5 honourable mention awards. Sean Collins from the WooLab also received an award which places 20% of the award winners being from Canada where there were only 4 Canadians at the entire conference. This also marks the first conference that Phil has attended as a member of the WooLab.

The poster he presented was titled “Synergetic Experimental and 3D-QSAR Screening of Ice Recrystallization Inhibitors for Organ and Blood Preservation.”


University of Wisconsin – Madison Summer School

It’s conference season!

Today is the first day of the Transformational Technologies in Molecular Simulations Summer School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I will am attending with Sean Collins (Ph.D student) and Bianca Provost (M.Sc student) in the wonderful city of Madison, Wisconsin. This is a week long summer school dealing with things such as high-throughput computational materials science with tutorials and a poster session. The 3D-QSAR Modelling of Ice Recrystallization Inhibition study will be presented tomorrow night.


First Citations!

After having checked my Google Scholar Account, I discovered that two of my papers have been cited! This marks the first time that any of my published work has been cited by other people.

My papers were cited by Bushnell et. al and Watanabe et. al, their papers can be found here:

  1. http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jcp/140/18/10.1063/1.4867537
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211546314000217

Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy (CERP)

Thursday February 13th was the first meeting of the Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy (CERP) at the University of Ottawa which is an interdisciplinary organization made up of graduate students. I am proud to be part of the first inaugural membership of CERP. Our mandate is as follows:

  • Build bridges between research and energy policy stakeholders to create a community of practice to undertake, mobilize, and leverage evidence-based policy-relevant research.
  • Connect scholars and students researching energy issues across the university to build interdisciplinary research capacity.
  • Foster energy literacy within and beyond the University of Ottawa.

My role within CERP is on the science side of energy research and policy as a science ambassador. Our first meeting dealt with the topic of solar energy and the policy as well as the economic issues that arise form this renewable source of energy.

Article Published!

My last paper from the Gauld Group at the University of Windsor was just published on the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.


A Molecular Dynamics Examination on Mutation Induced Catalase Activity in Coral Allene Oxide Synthase” was the product of my undergraduate thesis which was supervised by Dr. James Gauld and mentored by Dr. Eric Bushnell. Focusing on an intriguing enzyme called Coral Allene Oxide Synthase, I performed molecular dynamics simulations in order to examine the effects of mutating key catalytic residues.

This marks my last full paper from the Gauld group for which I am extremely proud and grateful to have been a part of. I would like to thank Dr. James Gauld and Dr. Eric Bushnell for all their support.

Paper can be found here: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp408486n

Tito Scaiano Scholarship

Today I was awarded the Tito Scaiano Scholarship Fund. This award was established by Professor Tito Scaiano and is an internal award within the Department of Chemistry. Tito Scaiano holds the Canada Research Chair in Applied Photochemistry and is a Distinguished Professor here at the University of Otawa.

I wanted to thank my references Dr. James Gauld and Dr. Rob Schurko. Dr. Gauld was my supervisor during my time at University of Windsor in my Undergrad and he is the one who introduced me to computational chemistry in the first place. Dr. Schurko was my 410 thesis class supervisor as well as an instructor for my various courses and was an excellent organizer of the class.

Lastly, I have to thank Dr. Paul Mayer, the head of the chemistry department and Dr. Tom Woo my supervisor for their continued support.