Hayley Wan, PhD

Organic Chem Lab Director, Faculty of Science - Chemistry


Organic Chem Lab Director, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
E1-34B Chemistry Centre - East
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2



B.Sc. Biology and Chemistry (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

M.Phil. Organic Chemistry (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology - UMIST, UK)

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry (Durham University, UK). 

Dr. Wan has been the Director of Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories at the University of Alberta since 2009. She is responsible for management and coordination of the laboratory component of the organic chemistry courses (CHEM 164, 261, 263, 361, 363), as well as training and supervision of the teaching assistants.


Dr. Wan's background is in the area of synthetic organic chemistry and asymmetric catalysis. Current research interests include chemical education and the development of a modern, engaging laboratory curriculum for undergraduate students, as well as the development of novel teaching tools for the enhancement of student learning in organic chemistry.

Scholarly Activities

Teaching - Development of A Virtual Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Virtu-O-Chem)

2010 to 2013

A virtual organic chemistry laboratory was developed as an extra study resource for both introductory and advanced level chemistry students. With this new virtual lab, students can become familiar with the equipment and reactions through a series of online simulations prior to the laboratory class. This will allow for better preparation for the lab resulting in a safer work environment as well as increased learning and understanding.

Funding provided by TLEF (University of Alberta)

Teaching - Mastering Spectroscopy App

2016 to 2019

An organic spectroscopy app (developed in collaboration with Onlea) to help students in the learning of IR and NMR spectroscopy, and organic structure determination. The app is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

(Funding provided by Faculty of Science - Teaching Innovation Fund)


An Effective Two-Part Experiment for Teaching Introductory Organic Chemistry Techniques

Author(s): Christopher M Sadek, Brenna A Brown, Hayley Wan
Publication: Journal of Chemical Education
Volume: 88
Issue: 10
Page Numbers: 1431-1433
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed101039m

Using Essential Oils To Teach Advanced-Level Organic Chemistry Separation Techniques and Spectroscopy

Author(s): Tina M. Bott, Hayley Wan
Publication: Journal of Chemical Education
Volume: 90
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 1064-1066
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300736j?journalCode=jceda8

Using Whiskey-Flavoring Compounds To Teach Distillation and IR Spectroscopy to First-Semester Organic Chemistry Students.

Author(s): Hayley Wan, Nada Djokic, Brenna Arlyce Brown, Yonghoon Kwon
Publication: Journal of Chemical Education
Volume: 91
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 123-125
External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300718y

Practicing Basic Structure Elucidation in Organic Chemistry

Author(s): Hayley Wan, Tina N. Grant
Publication: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
Page Numbers: 112
External Link: http://kendallhunt.com/Author.aspx?id=146177