Welcome to the Chemistry Department
The Chemistry Department is delighted to welcome our newest tenure track faculty members. Dr. Shannon Accettone is a teaching focused faculty member cross-appointed to the Forensic Science department with an expertise in physical analytical chemistry and an interest in peer instruction student engagement techniques. Dr. Eric Keske is a research focused faculty member in organic chemistry who will explore synthetic approaches to building blocks for novel materials. Students will first encounter Dr. Accettone in CHEM 2400H Analytical Chemistry and Dr. Keske in CHEM 2100H Introduction to Organic Chemistry. Shannon and Eric, welcome to the Department, we're excited to have you here at Trent.
Dr. Shannon Accettone
My B.Sc. honours degree was completed in Comprehensive Chemistry at Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT). Next, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario under the direction of Dr. David Shoesmith. My work at Western focused on the electrochemical corrosion behaviour of carbon steel and the surface analysis of the resulting corrosion films for the deep geologic disposal of Canadian nuclear fuel waste. While at Western, I was awarded the Faculty of Science graduate student teaching award for my redevelopment of the instrumental analytical chemistry laboratories. I have since taught various aspects of general, analytical, and forensic chemistry at Trent University, the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, and Durham College. In addition to my current work at Trent, I am in the final stages of completing a B.Ed. degree in intermediate/senior chemistry and biology at Ontario Tech University. In my spare time, I like to spend my time with family and friends and travel whenever possible.
Dr. Eric Keske
After my B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, I completed my Ph.D. at Queen's University working with Professor Cathleen Crudden in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry and catalysis. My research at Queen’s focused on the development of novel homogeneous catalysts for use in organic synthesis. During my Ph.D., I was awarded the Dobbin Scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Federation (ICUF) which sent me to Dublin Ireland to work with Professor Martin Albrecht at University College Dublin. In 2015, I was a Reaxys PhD Prize finalist, and I was awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, working with Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones in mechanistic organic chemistry. My research in Edinburgh was focused on the elucidation of mechanisms in rhodium catalysed C-C bond cleaving reactions.
On my return to Canada, my second postdoctoral fellowship was at the University of Toronto working with Professor Robert Morris in synthetic inorganic chemistry and catalysis. At UofT, I worked on the design and synthesis of secondary phosphine oxide ligands for applications in catalytic hydrogenation. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, travelling and cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Montreal Canadiens. Twitter: @EricKeske