Team

Dr. David Antoniuk
CEO & Co-founder

Dr. Antoniuk holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta and brings 30 years of business development, product marketing and executive management experience. David has extensive experience in technology commercialization and building strategic business relationships. Prior to forming AQM, he was Director of Business Development for TRLabs, Canada’s largest IT consortium; and Director, Nanotechnology where he formulated the strategy for creating a nanotechnology initiative for the Government of Alberta. David has co-founded several technology start-ups. He was President of the nanoCluster Alberta Association.

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Dr. Jonathan Veinot

CTO & Co-founder

Dr. Veinot is a professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Chemistry. He is the co-author on over 175 peer-reviewed papers and been awarded 19 patents.  Jonathan is one of the world’s leaders in silicon nanomaterials, focusing on developing non-toxic Group 14 nanomaterials while establishing a fundamental understanding of their unique optical and chemical properties. Dr. Veinot was an invited OECD Expert for the Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials, Berlin 2013. Dr. Veinot is also the Director of the Alberta/Technical University of Munich International Graduate School for Hybrid Functional Materials. He received the prestigious 2017 Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry from the Canadian Chemical Society as one of “Canada’s shining scientific lights” in the field of silicon nanocrystals and the 2016 Burghausen Chemistry Award, recognized by the chemical industry of Bavaria, Germany for his impressive contributions to the field of silicon nanomaterials.

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Dr. Matthea Sanderson

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Dr. Sanderson joined Applied Quantum Materials in August 2020. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan (2015) and a Ph.D. in Medical Genetics from the University of Alberta (2020). During her Ph.D., Dr. Sanderson worked in the lab of Dr. Rachel Wevrick, where she studied the genetic and molecular basis of the neurodevelopmental disorders Prader-Willi and Schaaf-Yang syndrome.  Her work focused on learning how genetic mutations underlie the phenotypes observed in these conditions. She has a broad knowledge of molecular biology and extensive experience with cellular culture and molecular biology techniques. Dr. Sanderson aims to apply her knowledge of human genetics to the area of molecular diagnostics and testing. 

Dr. Nduka Ikpo

Research Scientist

 

Dr. Ikpo, joined Applied Quantum Materials in November 2020. He received an M.Sc. in Instrumental Analytical Science from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland and his Ph.D. in Synthetic Chemistry (2013) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in St John’s, Canada, where his work focused on the development of metal complex catalyst precursors for ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic monomers and copolymerization of carbon dioxide (CO2) with epoxides.

Nduka has strong managerial, technical, and scientific knowledge of materials development. Before joining AQM, Dr. Ikpo worked as Research Scientist in the Veinot Group at the University of Alberta, where he worked on fabrication of metal nanoparticles and development of nanoparticle assay system for the detection and quantification of polyelectrolytes in an aqueous medium.

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Melissa Bouvier

Nanomaterials Synthetic Chemist

Melissa joined Applied Quantum Materials in November 2020. She has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Alberta (2020). During her undergraduate studies she worked with Prof. Frederick G. West investing modification size limitations of 2,5-anhydro-D-mannitol, a fructose analog with a high affinity to GLUT5, a hexose transporter that has increased expression in certain breast cancer cells.  At AQM, Melissa works on nanoparticle synthesis, development of nucleic acid extraction via magnetic beads, development and application of silicon quantum dots.

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Dr. Alyxandra Thiessen

Research Scientist

Dr. Thiessen joined AQM in November 2020. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta  (2020) where she was focused on understanding the bulk structure of hydride-terminated silicon nanoparticles and effectively probing their surface. This structural insight provides essential understanding and potential advancement in the development of SiNP-based applications in photovoltaics, battery anodes, and sensors. At AQM she is optimizing reactions for commercial products and developing quality control procedures.

Dr. Riley Endean

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Endean joined AQM in February 2021. He has a B.Sc. in Chemical Biology from Thompson Rivers University (2015) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alberta (2020). During his doctoral studies, he worked with Prof. Steven H. Bergens on the discovery and development of a Ru-based catalyst for highly active and enantioselective hydrogenation of α-chiral esters. Riley is a skilled synthetic chemist having synthesized, purified, and characterized a variety of organic and organometallic compounds. He specializes in syntheses and processes that are air and moisture sensitive. At AQM, he is synthesizing, testing, and improving resists for nanolithography.

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Leah Veinot

Office Manager

Leah joined Applied Quantum Materials in September 2020. She has a M.Sc. in Chemistry from York University (1997). Leah has worked as an Application Specialist at Brinkmann Instruments in Mississauga, Ont. and as an Application Scientist at Bohdan Automation in Chicago, Illinois as well as a Chemistry Instructor at various institutions (Seneca College, Grant MacEwan, and NAIT). Since 2015, she has also worked as an administrator for the Alberta/Technical University of Munich International Graduate School of Hybrid Functional Materials.  At AQM, Leah is responsible for all product orders along with general office administration.

Md Asjad Hossain

Research Scientist

Asjad joined AQM in September 2021. He received his M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Alberta (2019) where he worked on the synthesis, surface reactivity and utilization of germanium nanoparticles. He also received a M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh (2014) where he performed research on photocatalytic advanced oxidation methods in which metal or non-metal doped TiO2-carbon nanotubes composite thin films were deployed degrade industrial pollutants.  Previously, Asjad worked for Carbon Corp. and Nova Chemicals Corp.

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Caoimhe Connaughton

Nanomaterial Chemist

Caoimhe joined AQM in September 2021. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta (2021). Under Dr. Arthur Mar she was able to synthesize over 20 inorganic compounds by solid-state synthesis, using an oxyhydrogen torch to seal samples under vacuum and analyze compounds with x-ray diffractometer, analyze solid-state NMR and X-ray diffraction (XRD) data for quality assurance.