Conor Pranckevicius

Assistant Professor

Office: FIP 320
Phone: 250.807.8577

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Low-valent main group compounds, catalysis, small molecule activation, conjugated materials.


Dr. Conor Pranckevicius earned his Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto in 2016 in the research group of Professor Douglas Stephan, where he developed new highly active carbodicarbene-based catalysts for polymer transformations. During his Ph.D studies, Conor visited in the research group of Professor Guy Bertrand at University of California San Diego as an exchange student, where he developed the new examples of zero-valent carbon-based ligands. In 2017, he joined the group of Professor Holger Braunschweig at the Julius-Maximilians University of Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow. Conor joined the faculty at UBC Okanagan in January 2021 as an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry.



Ph. D. University of Toronto, 2016
Honors B.Sc. University of Toronto, 2011

Research Interests & Projects

Our planet’s evolving energy needs and increasingly limited supply of traditional resources require the development of innovative solutions to meet these challenges using earth abundant materials and sustainable technologies. Such principles must be at the core of modern chemistry research. In line with this effort, my research program straddles the division between fundamental exploration and applied research, with a view toward designing new catalysts and functional materials for a more sustainable future. My research team at UBC Okanagan will explore the unique electronic properties of low-valent main group compounds and apply these systems in the design of highly active catalysts for industrially important reactions, as platforms for the exploration of challenging bond activations, and as precursors for organic electronic materials.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Please see my Google Scholar page for a complete list of publications.

Selected Grants & Awards

DAAD/DST Personell Exchange Program Grant. 2019

Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 2017

NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 2017

Walter and Margery Warren Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. 2015

Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2014

Special Opportunity Graduate Travel Fellowship. 2014

Walter and Margery Warren Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology. 2013

University of Toronto Graduate Student Fellowship. 2011

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. 2008


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