Dr. Rajesh Sunasee
Professor of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Nanochemistry
Rajesh Sunasee received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry with Business Management with first class honors in 2003 from the University of Mauritius, located on the tropical island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. He moved to Canada in 2004 to pursue his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Clive at the University of Alberta. In 2010, he was awarded an NSERC industrial post-doctoral fellowship (IRDF) to join the medicinal laboratory of Prof. Deslongchamps at OmegaChem Inc. in Quebec, where he was involved in the design and synthesis of a library of steroids for nuclear receptors. He subsequently undertook a second post-doctoral stint in the biomaterials engineering group of Prof. Narain, under co-supervision of Prof. Thundat, where he was introduced to the wonderful field of nanotechnology.
Prior to joining SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013, Sunasee served as assistant professor in chemistry at Brandon University (2011–2012) and Cape Breton University (2012–2013) on limited term appointments, and as a visiting scientist (summer 2013) at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (Alberta) of the National Research Council of Canada. His current research interests combine aspects of organic chemistry and nanotechnology (nanochemistry), where the focus is on synthesis of organic molecules and surface modification of nanoparticles (cellulose nanocrystals) for biomedical applications. In his spare times, he enjoys mingling with the undergraduate chemistry society, traveling and playing soccer.