Skip directly to content

Chantal Mustoe, PhD

PhD student


Ph.D. student (Chemistry), University of British Columbia (Pierre Kennepohl and Suzana Straus) 2013

Research Scientist, Environmental Measurement Group at the National Physical Laboratory (London, UK) 2011-2013

B.Sc. (Chemistry, minor in English), California Institute of Technology (Douglas Rees and Harry B. Gray) 2007-2011


About me

My two inanimate loves in life are science and travelling. During my undergraduate studies, I worked on the CCI Solar Project in Dr. Harry Gray’s lab during the year, while my summers were spent at MIT in Dr. Jonas Peters' lab and the University of Edinburgh with Dr. Polly Arnold. I also spent some additional time in Edinburgh during a study abroad program. My time in the UK convinced me to move to London after graduation, and I found work just outside London in the quiet suburb of Teddington at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory. London is such a vibrant city of endless exploration and scrumptious food, and my time at NPL was instructional and exciting. However, just a year and a half into my job and I was itching to return to university, and in 2013 I moved across the transatlantic ocean for the 6th time to do my PhD in the beautiful city of Vancouver.  Vancouver has brought out the ever-present nature lover in me and I spend my free time hiking, camping, dancing salsa, swimming in the ocean and learning how to fall down a mountain with skis strapped to my feet. 


Research Interests

Since starting grad school, my research interests have switched from organometallic to biophysical chemistry, but ask anyone in my lab about my research interests are and they will tell you rather emphatically, “she loves NMR!” My interest of NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy) began in early my undergraduate when each spectrum posed a puzzle just waiting to be solved. For me, NMR captures the imagination in all its forms (1H, 3D, heteronuclear). The information extracted from simply observing the interactions between the magnetic moments of different nuclei is simply mind-boggling. However, I must confess that X-ray Absorbtion Spectroscopy (XAS) is also creeping its way into my affections as another technique which extracts a multitude of information from a seemingly simple physical phenomena. My research projects combines protein NMR, XAS, and other techniques to characterise the aggregation of TDP-43, a protein whose aggregation plays a role in many neurodegenerative disorders. This use of physical chemistry to study biological molecules with the hopes of future medical applications has inspired me to undertake a PhD in the unexpectedly endearing city of Vancouver.



Mustoe, C. L., Gunabalasingam, M., Yu, D., Patrick, B. O. & Kennepohl, P. Probing covalency in halogen bonds through donor K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy: polyhalides as coordination complexes. Faraday Discuss. 203, 79–91 (2017).
Aakeröy, C. B. et al. The halogen bond in solution: general discussion. Faraday Discuss. 203, 347–370 (2017).
Parlane, F. et al. Spectroscopic Detection of Halogen Bonding Resolves Dye Regeneration in the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell. Nature Comm. accepted, (2017).
Robinson, S. W. et al. Evidence for Halogen Bond Covalency in Acyclic and Interlocked Halogen-Bonding Receptor Anion Recognition. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 499–507 (2015).
Brown, Richard JC, and Chantal L. Mustoe. "Demonstration of a standard dilution technique for standard addition calibration." Talanta 122 (2014): 97-100.

Start Date: 
May 2013
End Date: 
Sep 2018