Image of Periodic System of the Elements


Interested in joining the Schlaf Research Group @Guelph ?

Please apply through the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry (GWC)2 !

Current Group Members

Image of Prof. Schlaf

Marcel Schlaf, Ph.D., Diplom-Chemiker
P: ++ (519) 824-4120 x 53002
M: ++ (519) 362-0557

Originally from Deutschland Marcel studied chemistry at the Bayerische Julius Maximilian Universität in Würzburg (Diplom-Chemiker, 1992) and at the University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1996), was an NSERC post-doctoral fellow at U Ottawa (1997) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (1998). He joined the University of Guelph in 1999. He likes sailing, hiking, and (free-) diving. (Click here for a full CV).

Photo of Gabriel Hart Slater-Eddy

Gabriel Hart Slater-Eddy, Ph.D. cand.
G. Hart Slater-Eddy was born in Peterborough Ontario but has called Guelph home since 2012.  After completing his B.Sc., Hons in Chemistry at the University of Guelph in 2016, he joined the Schlaf research group where he is currently working on the hydrodeoxygenation of acetylated biomass derived sugar alcohols. Beyond chemistry, Hart enjoys gardening, cooking, and cheering on the Habs. He and his partner are awaiting the birth of their first child, and are looking forward to this new chapter in their lives !

Photo of Aidan England

Aidan England, Ph.D. cand.
Aidan hails from Burlington, On. and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph. He joined the Schlaf group in 2018 and is developing new catalytic methods for the production of green monomers and solvents. Outside of the lab, Aidan enjoys running in the Guelph Arboretum and good coffee.

Sebastian was born in Bogota, Colombia but moved to Canada full-time in 2015. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and after a 4th year project rejoined the group as a part-time M.Sc. student. He is currently also working in the analytical dairy lab as an instrument technician over at Laboratory Services at the University of Guelph. In his spare time, Sebastian enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and reading manga.

Group Pictures

Photo fo the Schlaf Group in April 2022
April 2022: Celebration of a Canadian Beer Ceremony for the send-off of Aidan to the UK for the Summer 2022 semester.
(Left to right: Aidan, Elise, Hart, Kyle, and Marcel)
Photo of Nakisha Mark

Nakisha Mark
Visiting CARICOM Scholar from Prof. Michael Forde‘s group at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago in 2018.

Group BBQ at the Guelph Lake Community Boating Club.
Group BBQ at the Guelph Lake Community Boating Club.
Left to right: Diana Quintão (visiting Professor from Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2017/18); Igor Tadeu da Cunha (M.Sc. 2018), Maryanne Stones (Ph.D. 2020), Hart Slater-Eddy (Ph.D. cand.)., Megan Magee (UG Summer student 2017)
The Schlaf Group at the CSC 2017 in Toronto.
The Schlaf Group at the CSC 2017 in Toronto.
Left to right: Maryanne Stones (Ph.D. 2020), Megan Magee (UG Summer student 2017), Marcel, Diana Quintão (visiting Professor from Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2017/18), Igor Tadeu da Cunha (M.Sc. 2018), …missing, as (separately) on honeymoon at the time:
Elnaz Latifi (Ph.D. 2017), Hart Slater-Eddy (Ph.D. cand.).


Graduate Degrees

Last NameFirst NameYearDegreePresent PositionLocation
HandersonSean2001M.Sc.Real Estate InvestorBarrie, Ontario, Canada
ChungMee-Kyung2003Ph.DStaff Scientist at Baylor College of MedicineHouston, Texas, United States
XieZhi2004M.Sc.Veeva Systems – Veeva R&D Sales Manager – Greater ChinaChaoyang Qu, Beijing, China
BoschMartin2004Ph.D.PrivatierGuelph, Ontario, Canada
BierenstielMatthias2005Ph.D.Professor of Chemistry at Cape Breton UniversitySydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
DykemanRyan2007M.Sc.Formulation Chemist at SyngentaJamestown, North Carolina, United States
LuskaKylie2007M.Sc.Instructional Assistant at McMaster UniversityHamilton, Ontario, Canada
ThibaultMichelle2009Ph.D.Technologist, University of CalgaryCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Di MondoDomenico2011M.Sc.VP Technology & Business Development, Green Mantra TechnologiesToronto, Ontario, Canada
WaldieFraser2012M.Sc.Technical Service & Application Development at NOVA ChemicalsCalgary, Alberta, Canada
OswinChristopher2013M.Sc.Technical Director at Nuco IncGuelph, Ontario, Canada
MinardThomas2014M.Sc.Operations Coordinator at Quantum Valley Ideas LabWaterloo, Ontario, Canada
de ResendeEliane Cristina 2014Ph.D.Professor de Ensino Básico, Técnico e Tecnológico na Instituto Federal de Minas GeraisLavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil
SullivanRyan2015M.Sc.Senior Research Scientist at Eurofins Alphora, Alphora Research Inc.Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
GissaneChristopher2015M.Sc.VP Professional Development Portfolio at PMIToronto, Ontario, Canada
LatifiElnaz2017Ph.D.Senior Research Scientist at Eurofins Alphora, Alphora Research IncMississauga, Ontario, Canada
da CunhaIgor Tadeu2018M.Sc.Team Lead | Matter (Advanced Materials) and AI Streams
Creative Destruction LabCreative Destruction Lab
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
StonesMaryanne2020Ph.D.Postdoctoral Researcher at University of GuelphCambridge, Ontario, Canada
ChungElise2023M.Sc.Pottery Apprentice and Glazing Development at the Wheel worksGuelph, ON, Canada
SalmonKyle2023M.Sc.Laboratory Techncian at Teck Resources Ltd.
Trail, B.C.

Visiting Scientists

Last NameFirst NameYearPresent PositionLocation
KhanfarMonther2007Professor, University of JordanAmman, Jordan
Acosta-RamirezAlberto2012Microbiologica Quimica E Farmaceutica Ltda, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
TeixeiraIvo Freitas2014Professor, Federal University of São CarlosSão Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
NakishaMark2018Post-Doctoral FellowUniversity of Kansas, USA
DianaQuintao Lima2018Professor and Chair, CEFET-MG – Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas GeraisBelo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Postdoctoral Fellows

Last NameFirst NameYearPresent PositionLocation
TaherDeeb2009Professor, University of JordanTafila, Jordan
AshokDevipriya2010Analytical Scientist at Quotient SciencesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
KarimiElham2011Technical Manager at Syncoat Chemicals Ltd.Brantford, Ontario, Canada
ScottBenjamin2011Director Of Technology at GreenMantra TechnologiesGuelph, Ontario, Canada
KunstEike2012KÖSTER BAUCHEMIE AGAurich, Germany
CorreiaMarie2012Docent/Lecturer at Maastricht Science ProgrammeMaastricht, Netherlands
JolletVéronique2014R&D Development SpecialistDuerne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
LeeSunhwa2015last known: Staff Scientist at Altranex Corp.Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Summer and 4th year students

First NameLast NameYearPresent PositionLocation
William Boddy2000unknownunknown
Ebbingde Jong2000Senior Research Scientist at SUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuse, New York, United States
MagdaDymarska2001Environmental Protection Officer at Ministry of Environment and Climate Change StrategyVictoria, British Columbia, Canada
Paul D’Hondt2003Learning Coordinator at Huron Perth Catholic District School BoardDublin, Ontario, Canada
De-AnnPerrey (nee Rollins)2004Asset Integrity and Reliability Supervisor at ChevronCalgary, Alberta, Canada
ChristopherMcLaughlin2004Scientist, Delivery Innovation at Moderna TherapeuticsToronto, Ontario, Canada
ElizabethViljoen2006Food Safety & Quality Assuarnce Coordinator, R.D.J. BakeriesCambridge, Ontario, Canada
MatthewJones2007Reliability Team Lead at Maple Leaf Foods IncGuelph, Ontario, Canada
JenessaJi Youn Youm2008unknownunknown
JenniferHowell2009Chemistry Teacher at Elmwood SchoolOttawa, Ontario, Canada
PetarMisev2009Manufacturing Engineer, Surface Finishing at Collins AerospaceOakville, Ontario, Canada
AshleyLoeffler2011Forensic Scientist, Massachusetts State Police Crime LabBoston, Massachusetts, United States
BenjaminChung2013Technical Expert, Apple Canada & Medical Radiation Science student at the Michener Institute/University of TorontoVaughan, Ontario, Canada
AdamGabara2013Medical DoctorCambridge, Ontario, Canada
AlexanderBoncheff2013Coatings Technology Specialist, Lorama GroupToronto, Ontario, Canada
CoraleeRidder2013Research Associate at Sialco Materials LtdSurrey, British Columbia, Canada
BenjaminStein2015Intermediate CQV Specialist at SNC-LavalinOttawa, Ontario, Canada
MohamedAhmed2015Medical Doctor in TorontoToronto, Ontario, Canada
KatelynMcCallum2016Chemical Technologist at Bruce PowerTiverton, Ontario, Canada
KonradPiaseczny2016Self-employed music producerBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada
ParnianSoltanipanah2016Associate at Bereskin & Parr LLPToronto, Ontario, Canada
WhittinghamAlexander2016Ph.D. cand. at the University of WaterlooWaterloo, Ontario, Canada
AustinMarchese2017Ph.D. cand. and Vanier Scholar at the University of TorontoToronto, Ontario, Canada
MeganMagee2017M.Sc. Cand. at McMaster UniversityHamilton, Ontario, Canada
MargaretHulls2017Field Service Representative at Agilent TechnologiesGuelph, Ontario, Canada
KareemSkinner2018Quality Control Chemist, Bio Agri Mix LPMitchell, Ontario, Canada
MatissePickles2018M.Sc. cand. at the University og GuelphGuelph, Ontario, Canada
Harrison Young2019Ph.D. cand. at the University of VictoriaVictoria, British Columbia, Canada
Juan SebastianMontoya Pareja2019Laboratory Assistant at University of Guelph, part-time M.Sc. student in my groupGuelph, Ontario, Canada
LauraEarnden2019Environmental Scientist
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
GabrieleWehrle2020M.Sc. cand. at the University of GuelphGuelph, Ontario, Canada
NatalieWright2022M.Sc. candidate at UBCVancouver, B.C., Canada
JamesGalvao2023M.Sc. cand. at the University of GuelphGuelph, Ontario, Canada
VictoriaDubciak2023B.Sc. undergraduate student at the University of GuelphGuelph, Ontario, Canada