Dr. David Antoniuk, P.Eng.
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 currently volunteers as the President of the nanoCluster Alberta Association.

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 155 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.

Dr. Morteza (Mori) Javadi

Research Scientist


Dr. Javadi joined Applied Quantum Materials in November 2017. With a PhD in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Nano-Chemistry from the University of Tehran, Mori has a wide background in nanotechnology and materials chemistry. Prior to working at AQM, Mori did his post-doctoral research with Professor Jonathan Veinot at the University of Alberta, working on the synthesis of silicon and germanium semiconductor nanomaterials. Mori is also familiar with nanomaterials in building and construction applications. Before starting his PhD, Mori was working as a Chemist with the Building and Housing Research Centre (BHRC) in Iran.

Dr. Ania Tersakian Sergeenko

Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Sergeenko joined Applied Quantum Materials in July 2019. She has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (2014). During her undergraduate studies she worked with Prof. Derek Gates in Main Group phosphorous chemistry, preparing phosphaalkene polymers and cationic initiators for alkene polymerization using standard air sensitive laboratory techniques.


Dr. Sergeenko received her PhD in Inorganic Coordination Chemistry from Simon Fraser University in 2019, where she worked with Prof. Daniel Leznoff. During her PhD, she prepared cyanoplatinate-based coordination polymers with applications as vapo-chromic sensors and negative/zero thermal expansion materials. She is an expert crystallographer, having prepared and determined the crystal structures of 83 new compounds. Dr. Sergeenko is a contributor to a patent for vapo-chromic toxic gas sensors and several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Sean McDonald

Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. McDonald joined Applied Quantum Materials in August 2019. He has a PhD in Main Group and Inorganic Chemistry from Queen's University and a B.Sc. Honours from the University of Alberta. Sean has extensive knowledge in synthetic techniques and working under inert atmosphere. His Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Dr. Suning Wang featured the exploration of photo and thermal reactive pathways of novel boron containing compounds to produce two new classes of molecule. Prior to joining AQM he has worked as a sessional instructor at Trent University. Sean is always excited to learn new things and apply his previous knowledge base to develop new and unique solutions to problems. 

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