Civil Engineering

Alaina Boyd

Alaina    Alaina Boyd


    Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry

    Research Group: Extraction of Microalgal Bio-Oil

    Co-Supervisor: Dr. Philip Jessop & Dr. Erwin Buncel

Thesis: Switchable Solvent Design and Application

Abstract: Extraction of useful products from sources such as microalgae can be challenging due to high water content. This study explores the use of switchable solvents, which can be made both hydrophobic or hydrophilic depending on the absence or presence of carbon dioxide in the system.


NSERC CREATE: STEWARD Award (2011-2012)

Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship (2010-2012)

R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship (2008-2009, 2010-2011)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science & Technology (2009-2010)

Queen's Graduate Award (2007-2008)


Yadav, P.N. et al. Platinum-oxazoline complexes as anti-cancer agents: syntheses, characterisation and initial biological studies. Med. Chem. Commun. 2, 274 (2011).

Jessop, P.G. et al. Tertiary amine solvents having switchable hydrophilicity. Green Chem. 13, 619 (2011).

Uh, Y.-S. et al. Rhodium phosphino-enolate complexes as chemo- and regioselective catalysts for the hydroformylation of styrenes. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 695, 1869-1872 (2010).