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)
Michlle Michalski, MSc 2019 (BSc, Wilfrid Laurier)