Daniel Thomas

Prof Thomas
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 ext. 53961
SSC 2504
MACN 054


B.Sc. (University of Alberta in Edmonton, 1980)

Ph.D. (University of Toronto - Prof. John Polanyi)


  • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC): Materials and Design
  • Nickel Carbonyl Refining
  • Studying the Grading Effectiveness of Large Groups of Graders
  • Conceptual Learning Tendencies and Student Performance
  • Psychometrics and the Learning of Chemistry
  • Effectiveness of POGIL Materials in Learning Chemistry
  • Evaluating Students' Scale Literacy

Current Group Members

Jong Park (Ph.D. student)
Michael Moore (Ph.D. student)
David Smith (M.Sc. student)
Ryan Crozier (M.Sc. student)
Elliot Lade (Undergraduate)
Jong Park (Ph.D. student)

Former Graduate Student Members

Jingeng Wang (Ph.D.)
Taras Kolodiazhnyi (M.Sc.)
Lori Jones (Ph.D.)
L. Zhang (M.Sc.)
Fang-Xing Wei (Ph.D. candidate)
Christine Downie (M.Sc. candidate)

Former Undergraduate Student Members

Sam Koh
Ryan Crozier
Kyle Bradfield
David Smith
Patrick Policelli
Jeff Roberts
Francis Brosseau
Brad Clarke
Bob McPhail
Mike Fleischauer
Matt Biggar
Chantal Paquet

1. Thomas, D. & Moore, M. (in press, 2016). From Nanometers to Kilometers and Beyond: Teaching Physical Properties Across Multiple Scales. Discussion on University Teaching, 1 (1).

2. Thomas, D. & Moore, M. (in press, 2016). Inter- and Intra-Rater Consistency: Armies of Graduate TAs Grading in First Year. Discussions on University Teaching, 1 (1).

3. Thomas, D. & Jones, L. A. (in press, 2016). Measuring Students' Approach to Learning. Discussions on University Teaching, 1 (1).

4. Thomas, D. & Pritchard, P. (in press 2016). Student Engagement Through Writing: An Undergraduate e-Journal Project. Chapter 15 in Integrating Library and Information Literacy Into Chemical Curricula (pp. 20).

5. Koczkur, K., Hamed, E., Chahma, M., Thomas, D., & Houmam, A. (2014). Electron Transfer Initiated Formation of Covalently Bound Organic Layers on Silicon Surfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, 118 (36), 20908-20915.

6. Houmam, A., Muhammad, H., Chahma, M., Koczkur, K., & Thomas, D. F. (2011). 4-Nitrophenyl Sulfenyl Chloride as a New Precurosr for Well-Ordered Aromatic SAMs on Gold Surfaces. Chemical Communications, 47, 7095-7097.

7. Kolodiazhnyi, T. V. & Thomas, D. F. (2010). Hysteresis in the I-V Tunneling Characteristics of n-Type BaTiO3 Ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 83, 129.

8. Wu, G., Wen, J., Wang, J., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2010). A facile approach to synthesize N and B co-doped TiO2 Nanomaterials with Superior Visible-Light Response. Materials Letters, 64, 1728-1731.

9. Pritchard, P. & Thomas, D. F. (2010). Inspiring Writing in the Sciences: An Undergraduate Electronic Journal Project. ACM Inroads, 3.

10. Kafi, A., Ahmadalineshad, A., Wang, J., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2010). Direct Growth of Nanoporous Au and its Application in Electrochemical Biosensing. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 25, 2458-2463.

11. Dadarwal, R., Namvar, A., Hall, J. C., Thomas, D. F., & Warriner, K. (2009). Organic Conducting Polymer Electrode Based Sensors for Detection of Salmonella Infecting Bacteriophages. Materials Science and Engineering, 29, 761-765.

12. Wang, J., Adams, B., Asmussen, R. M., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2009). Facile Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of Intermetallic PtPb Nanodendrites. Chemistry of Materials, 21, 1716-1724.

13. Wang, J., Thomas, D., & Chen, A. (2008). Non-enzymatic Electrochemical Glucose Sensor Based on Nanoporous PtPb networks. Analytical Chemistry, 80 (4), 997-1004.

14. Wang, J., Holt-Hindle, P., MacDonald, D., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2008). Synthesis and Electrochemical Study of Pt-Based nanoporous Materials. Electrochimica Acta, 53 (23), 6944-6952.

15. Wu, G., Wang, J., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2008). Synthesis of F-doped Flower-like TiO2 Nanostructures with High Photoelectrochemical Activity. Langmuir, 24, 3503-3509.

16. Wang, J., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2008). Direct Growth of Novel Alloyed PtAu Nano-Dendrites. Chemical Communications, 5010-5012.

17. Peng, X., Wang, J., Thomas, D. F., & Chen, A. (2005). Tunable Growth of TiO2 Nanostructures on Ti Substrates. Nanotechnology, 16 (10), 2389.

18. Thomas, D. (2000). Porous Silicon. Chapter 3 in Volume IV, Handbook of Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology. Academic Press.

19. Thomas, D. (1999). Chemical Kinetic Measurements with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Bulletin of the Microscopical Society of Canada, 27 (2), 9.

20. Thomas, D., Kolodiazhnyi, T. V., & Belous, A. G. (1998). Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of BaTiO3 ceramics. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 18, 1637.

21. Jones, L., Yukseker, O., & Thomas, D. F. (1996). Dependence of Photochemically Etched Porous Silicon Formation on Photoetching Wavelength and Power. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology.

22. Jones, L., Wei, F. X., & Thomas, D. F. (1995). Moveable Ultra-High Vacuum Sample Mount: Heating, Cooling and Temperature Measurement Capabilities. Review of Scientific Instruments, 66 (2), 1146.

23. Jones, L., Wei, F. X., & Thomas, D. F. (1995). Design and Implementation of a Heatable, All-glass Doser for Sensitive Organometallic Compounds in an Ultrahigh Vacuum Environment. Review of Scientific Instruments, 66, 4981.

24. Jones, L., Taylor, G. M., Wei, F. X., & Thomas, D. F. (1995). Chemical Etching of Silicon: Smooth, Rough and Glowing Surfaces. Progress in Surface Science, 50, 283.

25. Campbell, S. D., Jones, L., Nakamichi, E., Wei, F. X., Zajchowski, L. D., D.F. Thomas (1995). Spectral and Structural Features of Porous Silicon Prepared by Chemical and Electrochemical Etching Processes. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, 13, 1184.

26. Jones, L. & Thomas, D. F. (1992). Nanometer-scale Instability at Sliding Interfaces: Tribological Considerations in STM Designs. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A: International Journal Devoted to Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, 10 (4), 636.

27. Polanyi, J. C., Reiland, W., Stanners, C., Thomas, D. F., & Visticot, J. P. (1989). Dynamics of Non-Adiabatic Reactions III: Effect of Enhanced Collision Energy in F + Na2 --> NaF + Na*. Journal of Chemical Physics, 93 (12), 4723.

28. Polanyi, J. C., Thomas, D. F., & Visticot, J. P. (1989). Dynamics of Non-Adiabatic Reactions. IV: Effect of Enhanced Collision Energy in the Four-Centre Reaction F2 + Na2 --> F + NaF + Na*. Journal of Chemical Physics, 93 (12), 4730.

29. Blanchard, D. L., Thomas, D. F., Allen, L. R., & Engel, T. (1989). A Helium Diffraction Study of Surface Roughening on Ni(117). Surface Science, 222, 477-490.

30. Barnes, J. A., Polanyi, J. C., Reiland, W., & Thomas, D. F. (1985). Product Vibrational and Rotational State Distributions from the Surface Reaction F + H2 --> HF + H. Journal of Chemical Physics, 82 (8), 3824.

31. Bertie, J., Thomas, D., & Thorson, W. (1980). The Infrared Spectrum of Sodium Bifluoride NaHF2 at 295K from 2100 to 5700 wavenumbers. Journal of Chemical Physics, 73 (10), 5399.