Edward Berkelaar, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Department Chair

BIO: Edward did his MSc and PhD at the University of Guelph, where he studied plant stress physiology and environmental toxicology. His PhD research was on the biolavailability of cadmium to wheat, and was done under Dr. Beverley Hale at the University of Guelph. After completing his PhD in 2000 he worked for three years as the Research Director at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), a non-profit dedicated to training agricultural development workers providing technical support to those already working overseas. He has been a faculty member at Redeemer since 2003; with his colleagues he has worked to expand and improve the chemistry and environmental studies programs at Redeemer. Edward is interested in reading and teaching about the environmental impact of food production, and how healthy food can be produced more sustainably.

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Courses taught:

  • CHE 122 (General Chemistry II)
  • CHE/BIO 365 & 366 (Biochemistry I and II)
  • CHE 390 (Senior Research Project)
  • ENV 101 (Introduction to Environmental Science)
  • ENV 221 (Environment and Society)
  • ENV/GEO 368 (Population, Food, and Sustainability)
  • ENV/CHE 381, 382, 383, 384 (Senior Seminar I, II, III, and IV)
  • ENV 480 (Internship)
  • ENV 485 (Independent Study)
  • ENV 490 (Senior Research Project)

Darren Brouwer, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry

BIO: Darren studied at Redeemer for three years as an undergraduate, then transfered to the University of Guelph for an additional two years to complete an Honours B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry. He then moved on to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2003 in the area of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy with Colin Fyfe. This was followed by a post-doctoral position at the University of Southamption in the UK with Malcolm Levitt and a research officer position at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa with John Ripmeester. Darren returned to Redeemer in 2008 to take up his present faculty position. He has been able to continue his research in solid-state NMR spectroscopy at Redeemer through the awarding of a Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and through collaboration with researchers at McMaster University. He has authored or co-authored 38 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at numerous national and international conferences over his career so far. At Redeemer, Darren has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of teaching undergraduate chemistry courses and has implemented innovative guided-inquiry and project-based learning approaches in his courses and labs. During his time at Redeemer, he has also begun to reflect on the intersection of Christian faith and the disciplines of chemistry and environmental studies, writing papers entitled “Why Christians disagree about climate change” and “Better living through chemistry? Reflections on chemistry, culture making, and Christian faith”.

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Courses taught:

  • CHE 121 (General Chemistry I)
  • CHE 233 (Inorganic Chemistry: Structure and Bonding)
  • CHE 242 & 343 (Analytical Chemistry I and II)
  • CHE 263 & 264 (Organic Chemistry I and II)
  • CHE/ENV 381, 382, 383, 384 (Senior Seminar I, II, III, and IV)
  • CHE 390 (Senior Research Project)
  • ENV 480 (Internship)
  • ENV 485 (Independent Study)
  • ENV 490 (Senior Research Project)

Gwynne McAneney-Lannen, MSc

Lab Instructor

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Labs Taught:

  • BIO 101 (Biological Science)
  • BIO 121 & 122 (Introduction to Biology I and II)
  • CHE 121 & 122 (General Chemistry I and II)
  • CHE/BIO 365 & 366 (Biochemistry I and II)
  • ENV 101 (Introduction to Environmental Science)