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John De Backere

John De Backere

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Bio

Dr. John De Backere (he/him) joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, Canada as an Assistant Professor in the Teaching Stream in 2019. Prior to this, he completed one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto focusing on highly electrophilic main-group sulfur and phosphorous cationic species. John completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where his doctoral work focused on the challenging area of fundamental Inorganic fluorine and noble-gas chemistry.

His research interests are centered around the fields of Inorganic chemistry and chemistry education, in particular aspects of laboratory instruction including incorporating green chemistry and sustainability practices, course based research experiences, as well as interests in developing/incorporating innovative learning technologies.

Fun Facts - I love escaping from to city to connect with nature; anything from taking my dog (he’s a black “Whoodle” which is a mix between a Wheaten Terrier and Poodle) on local hikes through forests up to more ambitious adventures in Yosemite National Park or back-country canoe camping in Algonquin Provincial Park. I also enjoy doing the majority of cooking in my household, which includes making a mean carbonara and delicious slow-cooked ribs (I have yet to tweet my culinary adventures on #chemistswhocook).

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GCTLC Roles

  1. Learning Object Peer Reviewers

Beyond Benign Roles

  1. GCC Champion
  2. Greener Chemistry Laboratory Faculty Fellow

Languages

  1. English

Keywords Tags/Expertise

  1. Inorganic Chemistry
  2. Teaching-Undergraduate
  3. Chemical Education Research

Ongoing Projects

2020-2022 Greener Laboratory Faculty Fellow, Beyond Benign
- Led workgroup of ~15 faculty members in developing "greener" teaching resources for Inorg. & Gen. Chem. undergraduate laboratories

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