Adrian Schwan

Prof Schwan
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext. 58781
MACN 336
MACN 238/350


B.Sc. University of Western Ontario, 1983.

Ph.D. McMaster University, 1988 (w/ John Warkentin).

NSERC PDF: State Univ. of N.Y. at Albany, 1988-89 (w/ Eric Block).

Appointed to faculty of the University of Guelph in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, July 1989.

Named Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC), June 2009.

Currently Professor in the Department of Chemistry.

An active member of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC)2.

Former and inaugural Editor of the Journal of Sulfur Chemistryp


  • organoSulfur chemistry
  • organoPhosphorus chemistry
  • small ring heterocycles
  • pericyclic reactions
  • synthesis of isotopically labelled compounds
  • synthetic methods
  • asymmetric reactions
  • lipid and surfactant synthesis
  • catalytic and stoichiometric organoMetallic chemistry
  • transformations of heterocycles

Group Members


Eric Nicol - PhD candidate (MSc, Guelph)
Scott Sammons - MSc candidate (BSc, Guelph)
Adam Riddell - MSc candidate (BSc, Guelph)
Christine Hood - BSc project student
Brandon McInnes - BSc project student
Emma Cresswell - BSc project student
Desmond Howard - BSc project student
Andrew Durant - BSc project student


Dr. Denis Brillon, NSERC PDF, 1992-93 (PhD, I A-F, Universite du Québec)
Mark Pippert, MSc, 1994 (BSc, Brandon)
Ting-jian Xiang, MSc, 1994 (BSc, China)
Dr. Mitchell Refvik, MSc, 1993; PhD, 1996 (BSc, Brandon)
Mark Kalin, MSc, 1996 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. Jennifer Snelgrove, MSc, 1998 (BSc, Trent)
Dr. Yvonne Lear, PDF, 1997-99 (PhD, Ottawa)
Laura McConachie, MSc, 2000 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. Rick Strickler, PhD, 2000 (BSc, Wilfrid Laurier)
Dr. Dino Alberico, MSc, 2001 (BSc, McMaster)
Dr. Colin Race, MSc, 2001 (BSc, Brock)
Dr. Pete Duspara, MSc, 2005 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. John Motto, MSc, 2001; PhD, 2005 (BSc, Bucknell)
Dr. Jennifer O'Donnell, PhD, 2005 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. Zhongyi Wang, PDF, 2004-05 (PhD, Anhui Normal University, China)
Dr. Robert Faragher, PhD, 2006 (BSc, Waterloo)
Dr. Jason Davy, MSc, 2007 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. Erin Sheepwash, MSc, 2008 (BSc, Guelph)
Marcus Verdu, MSc, 2009 (BSc, Dalhousie)
Alex Michaelides, MSc 2009 (BSc, Guelph)
Chris Zuliani, MSc 2009 (BSc, Dalhousie)
Dr. Suneel Pratap Singh, PDF 2008-2011 (PhD IIT, Delhi)
Natasha Best, MSc 2012 (BSc, Guelph)
Irena Nikoloska, MSc 2012 (BSc, Toronto)
Dr. M. Selim Hossain, PhD 2012 (MSc, Lakehead)
Dr. Stefan Soderman, PhD 2013 (BSc, Wilfrid Laurier)
Lilly Ho, MSc 2014 (BSc, Guelph)
Dr. Mohanad Shkoor PDF 2011-2014 (PhD, Rostock)
Marshall Lindner, MSc 2015 (BSc, Wilfrid Laurier)
Monika Kulak, MSc 2016 (BSc, Guelph)
Erwin Remigio, MSc 2017 (BSc , Guelph)
Matthew Sing, MSc 2018 (BSc, Brock)
Joseph Findlay, MSc 2019 (BSc, Guelph)
Michelle Michalski, MSc 2019 (BSc, Wilfrid Laurier)

Sample Publications

1. Adam B. Riddell, Michelle M. Michalski, Monika R. Snowdon, Mark J. Hirst, Adrian L. Schwan 2021 N-Sulfanylimides as the Sulfur Source for Alkyl Allenyl Sulfoxides via [2,3]-Sigmatropic Rearrangement ChemistrySelect   In Press.

2. John Simmons, Jonathan D. Nickels, Michelle Michalski, Michael Grossutti, Hurmiz Shamana, Christopher B. Stanley, Adrian L. Schwan, John Katsaras, John R. Dutcher  2020 Structure, Hydration, and Interactions of Native and Hydrophobically Modified Phytoglycogen NanoparticlesBiomacromolecules Vol. 21, pp. 4053-4062.

3. Hayden C. Foy, Adrian L. Schwan and Travis Dudding 2019 A Mechanistic Study of Oxygen Atom Transfer from N-Sulfonyloxaziridine to EnolatesTetrahedron Vol. 75, pp 2056-2061.

4. Adrian L. Schwan, Michelle M. Michalski, Joseph P. Findlay 2019 Origins and Applications of Stereoselective Sulfenate Anion Alkylation Reactions Phosphorus, Sulfur & Silicon & Related Elem. Vol. 194, pp. 692-697.

5. Adrian L. Schwan, 2019 A Computational Determination of the Origins of Diastereoselective Alkylations of a Cysteinesulfenate AnioEur. J. Org. Chem. pp. 519-526.  

6. Robert J. Faragher, Mohanad Gh. Shkoor, Kylie L. Luska and Adrian L. Schwan 2015 Unexpected Reactions of Grignard Reagents with Selected ß-Carboalkoxy Substituted Sulfinate EstersCan. J. Chem.  Vol. 93, pp. 37-43. Winner of 2015 Can. J. Chem. Best Paper Award.

7. Mohanad Gh. Shkoor, Irena Nikoloska, Adrian L. Schwan 2014 Introducing the Surprising Diels-Alder Reactivity of 2-Furanmethanethiol with Selected Maleic Acid Derivatives Heterocycles Vol. 88 pp.1603-1613.

8. Stefan C. Söderman and Adrian L. Schwan 2013 Stereodivergent Access to trans- and cis-3,5-Disubstituted-1,4-Thiazane 1-oxides by Cyclization of Homochiral ß-Amino Sulfoxides and Sulfones. The Preparation of Isomeric Ant Venom Alkaloids. Org. Lett. Vol. 16, pp. 4434-4437.   

Highlighted in ChemistryViews

9. Stefan C. Söderman and Adrian L. Schwan 2013 Sulfenate Substitution as a Complement and Alternative to Sulfoxidation in the Diastereoselective Preparation of Chiral ß-Substituted ß-Amino Sulfoxides J. Org. Chem. Vol. 78, pp. 1638-1649. 

10. Adrian L. Schwan, Suneel P. Singh, Jason A. Davy, Alan J. Waring, Larry M. Gordon, Frans J. Walther, Zhengdong Wang, and Robert H. Notter 2011 Synthesis and Activity of A Novel Diether Phosphonoglycerol in Phospholipase-Resistant Synthetic Lipid:Peptide Lung Surfactants.  Med. Chem. Commun. Vol. 2, pp 1167 – 1173.