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Profiles of former Thompson Group Members
 
Laura Cole, Masters Student
Education: I completed my BSc in chemistry and neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

Research: My current project involves development of high yield synthesis pathways of F-BODIPY in an effort to effectively generate radioactive 18F-BODIPY. Radio labeled BODIPY compounds have potential uses as biomarkers for PET imaging. My previous research as an undergraduate involved developing new anode materials for sodium ion batteries.

Recent Conference Poster:
Na
xVxTi1-XO2 (x = 0.6 - 1.0) Phases for Na-Ion Battery Electrode Materials. R. I. Fielden, L. Cole, M. N. Obrovac. 18th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries.

Awards:
NSERC DREAMS Scholarship
NSERC C-GSM


Fun Fact:
I am an avid reader, and love to work with fibre (spinning, knitting, etc). I also work part time as a primary care paramedic.
  Carlotta Figiola, Post-Doctoral Researcher
Education: I was an undergraduate at the University of Parma in Italy from 2005 to 2010. I gained my Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Birmingham in the UK with Dr. Richard Grainger.

Research: During my PhD my research was focused was a good mixture of organic and inorganic chemistry, organometallics and electrochemistry. I synthesized two families of mimics of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzyme, which produces molecular. In the Thompson group I work with prodigiosenes, which are conjugated to bioactive molecules, and F/C-BODIPYs bearing conjugated and not-conjugated triple bonds on the aromatic skeleton.

Publications:
Figliola, C.; Male, L.; Tsang, C.; Horswell, S. L.; Grainger, R. S. "N-Derivatives of Peri-Substituted Dichalcogenide [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Mimics: Towards Photocatalytic Dyads for Hydrogen Production" Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 3146-3156.

Figliola, C.; Male, L.; Horton, P. N.; Pitak, M. B.; Coles, S. J.; Horswell, S. L.; Grainger, R. S.  "FeFe]-Hydrogenase synthetic mimics based on peri-substituted dichalcogenides", Organometallics 2014, 33, 4449-4460.

Probing the Hydrolytic Reactivity of 2-Difluoromethyl Pyrroles. Melanson, J.A.; Figliola, C.; Smithen, D.A.; Kajetanowicz, A.K.; Thompson, A. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2016, in press.

Recent Conference Presentation:
99th CSC 2016 (Halifax, NS, Canada). "Conjugation of prodigiosenes to bioactive molecules: synthesis and anticancer activity investigation".

Recent Conference Posters:
C. Figliola, A. Thompson, E. Marchal, D. A. Smithen,"Key modifications on prodigiosin synthetic analogues and effects on biological and anticancer activity", Maritime Natural Products Conference 2015, (St John, NB, Canada) (first prize awarded).

C. Figliola, A. Thompson, E. Marchal, D. A. Smithen,"Key modifications on prodigiosin synthetic analogues and effects on biological and anticancer activity", 98th CSC 2015 (Ottawa, ON, Canada).

Fun Fact: I spend my spare time doing circus aerial arts.