Kai Ylijoki

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Science
Chemistry

Faculty Member Information

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry , University of Alberta, 2010
M.S., Chemistry , Lakehead University, 2004
B.S., Chemistry (Honours), Lakehead University, 2001

Academic Work Experience

2013 - 2013, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biorefining Research Institute, Lakehead University
2013 - Present, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University
2010 - 2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Geneva
2004 - 2010, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Alberta
2004 - 2010, Laboratory Instructor, University of Alberta
2001 - 2001, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Lakehead University
2001 - 2004, Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Lakehead University
2001 - 2004, Graduate Research Assistant, Lakehead University

Honours

Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award Saint Mary's University - 2014
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) ($37,000) - 2006
Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship (5,000) - 2002
Nora and Norman Jenkins Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry ($2,000) - 2002
David Jones Silver Jubilee Scholarship ($800) - 2001
NSERC Summer Research Award ($4,000) - 2001
Ludwika Coljak Scholarship ($1,000) - 1997
C&J Computer Clinic Scholarship ($300) - 1997
Diligence Award ($300) - 1997
Beardmore, Geraldton, Longlac, and Area Board of Education Scholarship ($500) - 1997

Teaching: Course / Program Development

2013/03 - Present, Guest Lectures:

Scholarly Contributions

Journal Articles

Quesnel J, Moncho S, Ylijoki Kai, Bengali A, Brothers E, Arndtsen B. "Computational Study of the Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylative Synthesis of Aromatic Acid Chlorides: The Synergistic Effect of P(tBu)3 and CO on Reductive Elimination", Manuscript in preparation (to be submitted to Organometallics) (Spring - 2015)
Ylijoki Kai, Kirk A, Böcklein S, Witherell R, Stryker J. "Cobalt- Mediated η5-Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions: Substitution Effects, Bicyclic Synthesis, and Photochemical η4-Cycloheptadiene Demetallation", Organometallics (Spring - 2015)
Leigh F, Ylijoki Kai, Garcia M, Singer R, Scammells P. "Nitrogen Containing Ionic Liquids: Biodegradation Studies and Utility in Base-Mediated Reactions", Australian Journal of Chemistry 68 (Spring - 2015), 849
Ylijoki Kai, Stryker J. "Cycloaddition Reactions in Organic and Natural Product Synthesis", Chemical Reviews 113 (Spring - 2013), 2244-2266
Dey C, Katayev D, Ylijoki Kai, Kündig E. "Aza-Oxindole Synthesis via Base Promoted Truce-Smiles Rearrangement", Chemical Communications 48 (Spring - 2012), 10957-10959
Ylijoki Kai, Lavy S, Fretzen A, Kündig E, Berclaz T, Bernardinelli G, Besnard C. "A Synthetic and Mechanistic Investigation of the Chromium Tricarbonyl-Mediated Masamune-Bergman Cyclization. Direct Observation of a Ground State Triplet p-Benzyne Biradical", Organometallics 31 (Spring - 2012), 5396-5404
Ylijoki Kai, Budzelaar P, Stryker J. "A Density Functional Theory Investigation of the Cobalt-Mediated η5-Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cycloaddition Reaction: Mechanistic Insight and Substituent Effects", Chemistry: A European Journal 18 (Spring - 2012), 9894-9900
Ylijoki Kai, Kündig E. "The Preparation of 2H-1,4,-Benzoxazin-3-(4H)-ones via Palladium-Catalyzed Intramolecular C-O Bond Formation", Chemical Communications 47 (Spring - 2011), 10608- 10610
Ylijoki Kai, Witherell R, Kirk A, Böcklein S, Lofstrand V, McDonald R, Ferguson M, Ferguson J. "Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Alkyl-Substituted Half- Sandwich η5-Pentadienyl Complexes of Cobalt", Organometallics 28 (Spring - 2009), 6807-6822
Witherell R, Ylijoki Kai, Stryker J. "Cobalt-Mediated η5-Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cycloaddition. Synthesis and Characterization of Unbridged η2,η3-Coordinated Cycloheptadienyl Complexes", Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (Spring - 2008), 2176-2177

Presentation

Konway Z, Boudreau S, Laidlaw N, Sharmin S, Robertson K, Budzelaar P, Stryker J, Kündig E, Ylijoki Kai. "Computational Chemistry for Organic Synthesis", 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Spring - 2015)
Mbaezue L, Ylijoki Kai. "A Density Functional Theory Investigation of the Rhodium-Catalysed [5 + 1 + 2 + 1] Cycloaddition Reaction", Science Atlantic ChemCon 2015 (Spring - 2015)
Huo B, Land M, Areephong J, Robertson K, Lee P, Vidovic D, Ylijoki Kai, Clyburne J. "A New Class of Electron-Rich β-Diketiminates", Science Atlantic ChemCon 2015 (Spring - 2015)
Ylijoki Kai. "Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions: Bicyclic Synthesis and Structure Reactivity Relationships", University of Prince Edward Island, Department of Chemistry (Fall - 2014)
Ylijoki Kai. "Cobalt-Mediated η5-Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cyclo- additions", Acadia University, Department of Chemistry (Winter - 2014)
Konway Z, Boudreau S, Laidlaw S, Sharmin S, Robertson K, Budzelaar P, Stryker J, Kündig E, Ylijoki Kai. "Computational Modelling as a Predictive Tool in Synthetic Chemistry", High-Performance Computing Symposium (Spring - 2014)
Konway Z, Boudreau S, Ylijoki Kai. "Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition", 6th Annual Undergraduate Chemistry Research Day (Fall - 2014)
Konway Z, Boudreau S, Laidlaw N, Sharmin S, Robertson K, Ylijoki Kai. "Reactivity of Trisubstituted η5-Pentadienyl Complexes in [5+2] Cycloaddition Chemistry", Science Atlantic Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (Spring - 2014)
Venkatesagowda B, Ylijoki Kai, Little B, Dekker R. "Lignin Demethylation by Boreal Forest Wood-Decay Fungi", 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (Spring - 2013)
Ylijoki Kai. "Cobalt-Mediated η5-Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions", St. Mary's University Invited Seminar (Spring - 2013)
Ylijoki Kai, Lavy S, Berclaz T, Kündig E. "Synthetic and Mechanistic Investigation of the Room Temperature Chromium Tricarbonyl-Mediated Bergman Cyclization", 5th CaRLa Winter School (Spring - 2012)
Ylijoki Kai, Kündig E. "Preparation of Benzoxazinones via Palladium- Catalyzed Carbon-Oxygen Bond Formation", Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting (Spring - 2011)
Ylijoki Kai, Kündig E. "Preparation of Benzoxazinones via Palladium- Catalyzed Carbon-Oxygen Bond Formation", 16th IUPAC Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (Spring - 2011)
Ylijoki Kai, Budzelaar P, Stryker J. "Cobalt-Mediated Pentadienyl/Alkyne [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions: Mechanistic Investigations and the Synthesis of [5.3.0]- and [5.4.0]-Bicyclic Systems", 15th IUPAC Symposium on Organometallic Chemistry Directed Towards Organic Synthesis (Spring - 2009)
Ylijoki Kai, Böcklein S, Lofstrand V, Stryker J. "Synthesis and Reactions of Cobalt η5-Pentadienyl Complexes: Substituent Effects in Pentadienyl/Alkyne Cycloaddition Chemistry", 91st Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Spring - 2008)
Ammal S, Witherell R, Ylijoki Kai, Dzwiniel T, Older C, Nakamura E.-I., Stryker J. "Cobalt-Mediated Carbon-Carbon Bond Activation: The Mechanism of Cyclopentenyl/Alkyne Ring Expansion", Gordon Research Conference, Organometallic Chemistry (Spring - 2007)
Ylijoki Kai, Stryker J. "Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition Reaction: An Efficient Entry to Seven-Membered Ring Products with Unique Hapticity", 90th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Spring - 2007)
Ylijoki Kai, Witherell R, Kirk A, McDonald R, Ferguson M, Stryker J. "Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition Reaction: Structure Reactivity Relationship of Pentadienyl Complexes", 90th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Spring - 2007)
Stryker J, Witherall R, Ylijoki Kai, Kirk A. "Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition Reactions: A New Reactivity Pattern for Seven-Membered Ring Synthesis", 89th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Spring - 2006)
Ylijoki Kai, Witherell R, Stryker J. "Bicyclo[5.3.0]- and Bicyclo[5.4.0]- Ring Systems via Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition", Alberta/British Columbia Inorganic Chemistry Discussion Weekend (Spring - 2006)
Ylijoki Kai, Witherell R, Stryker J. "Bicyclo[5.3.0]- and Bicyclo[5.4.0]- Ring Systems via Cobalt-Mediated [5+2] Cycloaddition", 2nd Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry (Spring - 2005)

Service: Institutional Committees

Chemistry Science Curriculum Committee representative (May 26 - present), 2014/03 - None (630)
Member of the MSc. Supervisory Committee for chemistry graduate student Alex Veinot, 2014/03 - None (632)
Member of the MSc. Supervisory Committee for chemistry graduate student Osai Clarke , 2014/03 - None (631)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Attended the Team Nova Scotia Science Fair display , 2014/03 - 2014/03
Attended the Dinner with Scientists session with the Team Nova Scotia science fair students , 2014/03 - 2014/03
Gave a presentation at the Department of Chemistry Professional Development Day , 2014/03 - 2014/03
Reviewer for Journal Letters in Drug Design and Discovery , 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer for journal SYNLETT, 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer for journal Nature Communications, 2014/03 - Present
Reviewer for journal Nature Chemistry, 2014/03 - Present
- Judged the graduate student oral presentations at the 2015 Science Atlantic, 2014/03 - 2014/03
Attended the Undergraduate Chemistry Conference , 2014/03 - 2014/03
External examiner on the Master's thesis of Kaitlyn Kelly , 2014/02 - 2014/02
Ran the AP Student Conference chemistry demonstration , 2014/01 - 2014/01
Attended the "Team Nova Scotia" event for students representing Nova Scotia at the Canada-wide Science Fair , 2013/03 - 2013/03
Canadian Chemistry Contest HRM coordinator , 2013/03 - Present
Attended the Dinner with Scientists session with the Team Nova Scotia science fair students , 2013/03 - 2013/03
Gave research talks to two groups of visiting high school students, 2013/03 - 2013/03
Poster judge at the 2014 Science Atlantic Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, 2013/03 - 2013/03
Represented SMU at the Science Atlantic Chemistry Committee meeting and Maritime Local CIC Section meeting, 2013/03 - 2013/03
Attended the CFI information and consultation session on their proposed cyber- infrastructure initiative , 2013/03 - 2013/03
Performed NMR demonstrations for students visiting from North Nova , 2012/02 - Present