Bierenstiel Research Group


Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel

Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Cape Breton University

+++ In the News +++

The Chronicle Herald (Aug. 18, 2014)

Cape Breton University chemistry prof pulls in research funding

CBC Radio 1 Interview (Aug. 5, 2014)

Bark research

funding partners

In-house equipment

Bruker Avance II 400 MHz NMR, FT-IR, FT-Raman, ICP-MS, XRD, UV-vis, AA, and more

NOTE - This site is under construction.

Exciting Chemistry

The Bierenstiel Research Group has undergraduate students, graduate students and postgraduate researchers working as a team on various projects. Currently, we have one postdoc research associate and one MSc research associate as the core group of researchers. 

The graduating BSc students went on to continue their careers in different fields.

  • Waters Xevo G2 UPLC-MSMS with ToF
  • Varian GC450 FID
  • Gamry G750 Potentiostat
  • Parr high pressure reactor
  • MBraun inert-gas glovebox

OUR equipment

research Team

Dr. Bierenstiel is providing his expertise and equipment to a variety of industry collaborations on short-term and long-term projects.

  • Analysis of metal coatings with Protocase
  • Study of tree bark processing with BW BioEnergy
  • Metal electrode surfaces for hydrogen production 

Dr. Bierenstiel is involved in a variety of science outreach projects:

  • PromoScience project on exciting chemistry units and kits for elementary students and their teachers
  • Periodic Table teaching method
  • Research awareness initiative to 1st year students at CBU
  • CHEM 1104/1105 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 2501 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 3501 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4501 Organometallic Chemistry

The Bierenstiel Group is syntheszing binuclear (2-metal) transition-metal complexes for the study of  metal-metal interactions. These interactions can be applied for enhancement of catalysis. The complexes can be used to study metalloproteins as small molecules to model the active sites of these proteins.  and material.

Industrial Collaboration

Chemistry education

Foundational research