Dr. Paul G. Hayes


Associate Editor, RSC Advances

Secretary/Treasurer, University of Lethbridge Faculty Association

B.Sc. (Honours), Mount Allison University
Ph.D., University of Calgary
PDF (NSERC), University of California, Berkeley


Research Program

Research in the Hayes group involves the synthesis of inorganic molecules for application in new chemical transformations and catalysis. Four unique projects directly address this goal. The first project tackles the challenge of preparing new materials that are both biodegradable and biocompatible through the use of discrete Mg, Ca, and Zn complexes. A second polymer project focuses on using solid-state NMR spectroscopy to learn more about polyphosphazenes. Another research direction involves the preparation of novel monoanionic pincer ligands to support metal main-group multiple bonding within lanthanide and group 3 complexes. The final project is tailored toward the catalytic functionalization of hydrocarbons and small molecule activation.

Students within the Hayes group will learn inert atmosphere methodologies (high-vacuum, Schlenk and glove-box) and characterize new compounds using a wide array of spectroscopic techniques (multinuclear NMR, IR, UV-Vis, EPR), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), X-ray Crystallography and various analytical methods.

The following funding agencies are acknowledged for generous support of our research (PI grants and student scholarships):

NSERC U of L Alberta Innovates Technology Futures