About Us

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Postdoc Research Assistant


Ali Shafiee received his Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2020 and now he is working as a postdoctoral fellow in MacQuarrie group at the department of chemistry. His research is mainly concentrated on material chemistry to develop, characterize and utilize new methods and (nano)materials toward a greener environment.


Pyrolysis Design and Optimization




Upgrading Bio-oil


Judy is a Senior Lab Instructor as well as Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) Technician in the Department of Chemistry. She is from North Sydney NS.  She attended CBU (then UCCB) for two years and went on to receive a BSc (Chemistry) and BEd (Science/Math) with distinction from Mount Allison University. She decided to continue her education and received a  MSc (Chemistry – Novel Surfactants)  from St. Francis Xavier University. Her primary areas of interest include science education and chemistry outreach.

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Inorganic Chemistry Exchange Research Assistant


Tristyn Snow is from Port Dover, Ontario and has completed two years of undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Chemistry at Western University. She completed her second-year Scholars’ Electives research project under the supervision of Dr. Paul Ragogna.

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Clean Foundation Research Assistant


Nicholas graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry in 2021. During his 4 years at CBU, Nicholas has spent 2 full school years working with the MacQuarrie group, and a summer working with other research groups. Currently, Nicholas is working as a Clean Leadership Intern focusing on the conversion of sugar kelp to biochar.

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NSERC USRA Research Assistant


Haley Oliver is a CBU student and one of this years recipients of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. She has already completed 3 years of study in Chemistry and Biology, and this is her first year working for Dr. MacQuarrie and her team.

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NSERC USRA Research Assistant


Olivia Roland is a Cape Breton University B.Sc. (Chemistry) student, having completed her third year of an undergraduate degree with a minor in engineering. She has been a part of the MacQuarrie Research Group for three summers now. This summer, through an NSERC USRA, Olivia will primarily be working to characterize and functionalize asphaltenes.

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Research Assistant


Madeline Marinelli is from Cape Breton and graduated from Memorial High School. She has completed 3 years of a BSc in Chemistry here at CBU. She has been in the MacQuarrie Research group since the summer of 2020.



Look where MacQuarrie Group Members Go


Dr. Preston MacQueen

Preston MacQueen is from Sydney Cape Breton. Preston graduated from Cape Breton University in 2013 with an Honours degree in Chemistry. Preston worked in Proff. Stephanie MacQuarrie’s lab for four years during his time at CBU and did his honours thesis with Proff. Bierenstiel on incorporating BODIPPY dyes into silica materials.
Preston went to Dalhousie University to study organometallic chemistry under Professor Mark Stradiotto. In the Stradiotto lab Preston worked on ligand design and catalyst development for the arylation of small molecules. Preston graduated from Dalhousie with his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2018 and is now heading to MIT for postdoctoral studies in flow chemistry under the supervision of Professor Tim Jamison.


Ryan Bach.

Ryan worked in the MacQuarrie Group from 2011-2013. After completing his BSc at CBU he went to DAL pharmacy (2013-2017). Currently a pharmacist working in Cape Breton


Kori Andrea

Kori joined the MacQuarrie group in the Summer of 2013 as an undergraduate researcher. She is currently a PhD student at Memorial University under the supervision of Dr. Fran Kerton and holds a prestigious NSERC Vanier Scholarship