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Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by Université Laval) in chemistry or a subject closely related to selected graduate work.

High Academic Achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 2.7 out of a possible 4.33.

Proficiency in French/English: Proficiency in either French or English is required.

  • Most of the courses are offered in French, but some could be in English. However:
    • they may be taken in the 2nd year
    • course exams are available in English
    • 2 PhD courses may be taken as a guided reading class

Other requirements: Please note that students cannot enter the PhD program until the MSc degree has been awarded, or all requirements completed. 

Program Requirements

1 Compulsory Course (3 credits)

  • Seminar

2 Complementary courses  (6 credits)

  • At the choice of the student in all areas of chemistry

Doctoral Exam (3 credits)

  • Written PhD proposal and private oral presentation in the presence of the thesis committee.
  • Should be done by the end of the 2nd semester after registration.

Thesis (78 credits)

Research Areas

  • Organic chemistry, green chemistry, synthetic chemistry, organometallic chemistry.
  • Synthesis of nanographenes, graphene nanoribbons and other graphene-related materials; Organic synthesis of graphene; Synthesis of semiconductors for organic electronics; Optical and electronic characterization of materials.
  • Development of novel synthetic methodologies with a strong interest for organofluorine compounds. These methods are then used to synthesize bioactive compounds or molecular probes.
  • State-of-the art chemical physics studies of the surfaces of materials. The students are expected to learn how to independently operate a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and related equipment. The research projects include surface studies of two-dimensional materials, the structure, dynamics and reactivity of single molecules on surfaces, and Green Chemistry processes for the transformation of small molecules such as N2, CO2 and CH4 into value added products. Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering students are welcome.
  • Electrochemistry and bioelectrical systems, Bioenergy, microbial fuel cells, Biofilms, Microfluidics, Analytical chemistry, Environmental sensors.

Financial Support - Doctoral Funding

Support Semester Amount* Total
Admission scholarship 1 to 2 $1000 $2000
Standard scholarship 3 to 9 $500 $3500
Doctoral exam 1 to 2 $750 $750
Séminar 8 max. $1000 $1000
Publication bonus 12 max. $750 $750
International conference support 12 max. $1000 $1000
Graduation bonus 15 $1500 $1500
Maximum amount a student can get     $10500

* All amounts are in Canadian dollars.



High level organic chemistry/green chemistry. Development of new methodologies in asymmetric catalysis using environmentally-benign metal complexes. Projects involve organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and pharmaceutical chemistry. Synthesis of new ligands and natural products is also an important part of our projects.

Jean-François MORIN

Organic electronics materials.

Jean-François PAQUIN