Professor Ron Steer


      Ron Steer has received the B.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He did postdoctoral research in the late 1960s with Prof. Jim Pitts, Jr. at the University of California, Riverside, where he first became interested in the chemistry and relaxation dynamics of electronically excited molecules. He returned to his alma mater as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1969 and has been studying the chemistry and physics of excited species ever since. He was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1978, served a term as Department Head from 2002 to 2005, and served as the elected representative of the faculty on the University of Saskatchewan's Board of Governors from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at all levels, from introductory general chemistry, through introductory and advanced undergraduate physical chemistry, to graduate courses in laser chemistry and physics and excited state chemistry. He was honoured with a Master Teacher award in 1996.  

      Ron Steer served for 12 years as North American Editor of the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, section A, and continues as a member of that journal's Editorial Board. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry, and is currently an Associate Editor of the RSC's journal, Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences. He has served on and chaired the Chemistry Grants Selection Committee of NSERC, was appointed a member of NSERC's Council and chaired its Committee on Research Grants. He has served a term as President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and chaired the organizing committee for the CSC's annual Conference and Exhibition that was held in Saskatoon in 2005. He also served a term on the executive committee for the International Conference on Photochemistry and organized the 1993 ICP Conference, which was held in Vancouver.




Xia Liu

       Xia received her B. Sc and M. Sc. degrees from Liaocheng University and the University of Science and Technology of China, respectively. She has investigated the structures and photophysical properties of several porphyrins using surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy, and has also used computational quantum chemical methods such as DFT in her research with Prof. Dongming Chen, University of Science and Technology of China. Currently, Xia is pursuing a Ph.D. with Prof. Steer, studying the photochemistry and photophysics of the higher excited states of metalloporphyrins.



Sunish K. Sugunan

        Sunish obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc in Physical Chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. He has investigated the solvent dependent excited state dynamics of substituted amino pyrimidines in the group of Dr. C.T Aravindakumar, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Presently, he is working as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Ronald P. Steer and Dr. Matthew F. Paige at University of Saskatchewan. He is investigating two projects; the properties of Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of biological importance and the triplet-triplet annihilation processes in metalloporphyrins using fluorescence spectroscopic methods.