Paul Rowntree

Paul Rowntree Research Lab

Welcome to our Research and Teaching Home Page. Read on, and please feel free to send any comments or questions to me.

I invite highly motivated students and post-doctoral researchers to check out the Opportunities page and the Research page. If you like what you see, or if you would like more information, contact me as soon as possible.

Prof. Paul A. Rowntree
Department of Chemistry
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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Congratulations are in order!

The Rowntree lab is proud to announce that two of our members have been awarded prestigious awards by the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry [(GWC)2]. Well done !

Stuart Read was awarded the prize for the best M.Sc. Seminar presentation for the Guelph campus. Stuart was also awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship to support his work on 2 Photon Surface Emission. Bravo!
Erin Sheepwash was awarded the R.H.F. Manske Prize, which recognizes the outstanding academic and research abilities of the recipient.


Research Overview

Our fundamental interest is the study, comprehension and control of surface and interfacial processes.  The systems that we are currently interested in include organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) bound to metal surfaces (e.g., Au, Ni, Pd, Rh, Hg, Ga), organometallic film precursors (e.g., Fe(CO)5, Ni(CO)4, Al(CH3)3 ), and  composite materials for selective catalysis and electrocatalysis.  By exploring the molecular dynamics of these species in well-controlled environments, we hope to be able to increase the selectivity of surface reactions and enhance the mechanical properties of atomically-thin films.  Please visit the Research page for project-specific information on what we have done and where we are going.

Our techniques include infrared spectroscopy (IRRAS, DRIFTS), electron-emission spectroscopy (XPS, AES, UPS, 2PPE) scanning probe methods (STM, AFM, STS), low-energy electron beam irradiation and high-temperature catalytic reactions; our instrumentation is typically designed and built by us due to its specialized nature.


Academic Background

B.Sc.  University of Waterloo (Honours Chemistry, Philosophy Minor)
M.Sc.  University of Waterloo (Chemistry, Molecular Beam Spectroscopy of Clusters)
Ph.D Princeton University (Chemistry, He Atom Diffraction from Molecular Overlayers)
M.A. Princeton University
PDF Universite de Sherbrooke (Medecine Nucleaire et de radiobiologie)
Assistant Professor Universite de Sherbrooke (Medecine Nucleaire et de radiobiologie)
Assistant, Associate and Full Professor Universite de Sherbrooke (Chemistry)
Full Professor University of Guelph (Chemistry)


Contact Information

My Office MacN-129A
Dept. of Chemistry, 
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
N1G 2W1
519-824-4120 x58127


Departmental FAX 519-766-1499


Main Laboratory : MacN-129; 519-824-4120 x58013
Satellite Laboratory MacN-056; (no phone)
Electronic mail