Farideh Jalilehvand


Department of Chemistry

Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry

Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), 2000

Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry

Ochanomizu University (Tokyo), 1997

M.Sc. in Chemistry

Sharif University of Technology (Tehran), 1993

B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry

Sharif University of Technology (Tehran), 1991

Certified in Diversity & Inclusion

Cornell University, 2020

Contact information


Office: 403.220.3855

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CHEM 201 - General Chemistry: Structure & Bonding

CHEM 433 - Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metals

CHEM 531 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 535 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry - Lectures on Vibrational Spectroscopy

CHEM 629.91 - Synchrotron-based X-ray Spectroscopy

Research Interests

Heavy Metals and Sulfur-containing Biomolecules

  • Complexes of heavy metals and metal-based drugs with S-containing biomolecules
  • In-situ probing of metal ions in biological samples
  • Sulfur speciation in biological and environmental samples
  • Synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopy and imaging techniques
  • Solvation of metal ions/ complexes of biological and environmental importance


After completing her B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Farideh received a MONBUSHO scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education in 1993. Through this program, she learned Japanese at the Yokohama National University, and participated in research at the Institute of Molecular Science in Okazaki, before moving to Tokyo in 1994 for three years of Ph.D. studies in Professor Yutaka Fukuda Lab at the Ochanomizu University.

With the scholarship support from Sweden, Farideh started a post-doctoral fellowship in the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) with Professor Magnus Sandstrom in1997, when she learned about X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) with synchrotron light, which resulted in another Ph.D. thesis in 2000.

In June 2000, Farideh immigrated to Canada before taking a Research Associate position at the Stanford University, USA, in Professors Britt Hedman and Keith Hodgson Lab in August 2000, when she learned about advanced features of XAS, and sulfur X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy. In July 2002, Farideh became faculty member at the Department of Chemistry University of Calgary. Being committed to excellence in research, teaching and learning, she has given several invited workshops on XAS data analysis in North America, Europe, Middle East and Japan.

In accordance with her great respect for different cultures and beliefs, Farideh recently completed the online certificate program on "Diversity & Inclusion" offered by the Cornell University.


Leadership roles

Associate Head (Undergraduate) – Chemistry, September 2016 – June 2020
Curriculum Review Lead (August 2017 – December 2018)

Curriculum Committee (Chair) – Chemistry, July 2017 – December 2019
Safety Committee (Chair) – Chemistry, July 2014 – June 2015

IUCr Commission on XAFS (Member, 2008 – 2017; Consultant, 2017 – 2020)
International Program Committee (IPC) Member; IUCr 2017 Congress (Hyderabad, August 2017)

User Advisory Committee (UAC) of Canadian Light Source (CLS) – Member (2003 – 2005, 2007 – 2010)


MONBUSHO Scholarship, Japan 1993-1997
Swedish Institute Fellowship, Sweden 1997
Wenner-Gren Center Fellowship, Sweden 1998-1999
University Faculty Award (NSERC), 2003-2008 

U of C Environment, Health and Safety Shining Star – September 2015 
Staff Mobility for Teaching Activity (Erasmus+), Middle East Technical University (METU), 2019



Immigrant of Distinction Award 2005 – Among top 3 finalists in the “Distinguished Professional” category

U of C Students’ Union “Teaching Excellence Award” – April 2008    (CHEM 333 - Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metals)
U of C Students’ Union “Teaching Excellence Award” – Fall 2011      (CHEM 201- General Chemistry)
U of C Students’ Union “Teaching Excellence Award” –Winter 2014  (CHEM 201- General Chemistry)

U of C Graduate Students’ Association “Excellence Award in Supervision” – April 2019

U of C "Educational Leadership Award" (Formal Role - Individual) - January 2020