B.Sc., PhD

Instructor, Chemistry
School of STEM
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 2436
Fir Building, room FR489


PhD, Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 1994.

B.Sc., Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 1989.

"What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand."


Tony Cusanelli (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 1994) is a bio-inorganic chemist whose main research interest is the development and implementation of drugs used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) spectroscopy.

Cusanelli was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He obtained his B.Sc. and PhD degrees from Simon Fraser University. He then went on to pursue post-doctoral research at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and subsequently a Teaching and Research Fellowship with the Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (1994 to 1997). His career then came full circle when he joined the Department of Chemistry at Capilano University, a teaching-focused university located in his home town (1997 to present).

As a Capilano University faculty member, in addition to his research interests, Cusanelli has participated on numerous academic committees, completed a term as a member of Senate, coordinated the Chemistry department and has served as the Chair of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Most importantly, he has worked tirelessly to develop and implement new programs, and to improve the teaching and learning of chemistry, both in lecture and in the laboratory.

Time spent with his family and at the local fitness centre ensures the ideal balance between work, home and play.

I am a firm believer that chemistry is best learned from enthusiastic instructors who make the effort to orient their teaching toward the student, and who strive to involve the student as much as possible in the lectures and of course in the laboratory.

I also feel it is important that the instructor stay up to date on current discoveries in chemistry, and where appropriate, incorporate these new findings into their lesson plan.

In my opinion, education and enlightenment of students are crucial to the future prosperity of any academic institution.

A. Cusanelli and J. Smith. CHEM 110/111 Organic Chemistry, McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.

A. Cusanelli, R. Chang and K. Goldsby. General & Organic Chemistry, McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.

A. Cusanelli, Chemistry 110: Bonding and Structure, Wiley Education, 2013.

A. Cusanelli, Chemistry 111: Chemical Dynamics and Energetics, Wiley Education, 2013.

A. Cusanelli, Chemistry 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry, McGraw-Hill Education, 2012.

A. Cusanelli, U. Frey, D. Marek and A. E. Merbach, In situ High Gas Pressure NMR Spectroscopy: Synthesis and Catalysis, Spectroscopy Europe, 9(3), 22, 1997.

A. Cusanelli, L. Nicula-Dadci, U. Frey and A. E. Merbach, Rhodium(III) and Iridium(III) Solvates of the Form [Cp*M(S)3]2+ as Models for the Reactivity of Half-Sandwich Complexes, Inorg. Chem. 36, 2211, 1997.

A. Cusanelli, U. Frey and A. E. Merbach, Unprecedented Dimethyl Sulphoxide Conformational Equilibria and Kinetics on [Ir(Me2SO)3(h5-C5Me5)](PF6)2, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun, 379, 1997.

A. Cusanelli, L. Nicula-Dadci, U. Frey and A. E. Merbach, Ligand Effects on the Rate and Mechanism of Solvent Exchange at Rhodium(III) and Iridium(III), Chimia, 12, 618, 1996.

A. Cusanelli, U. Frey, D. T. Richens and A. E. Merbach, The Slowest Water Exchange at a Homoleptic Mononuclear Metal Center: Variable-Temperature and Variable-Pressure 17O NMR study on [Ir(H2O)6]3+, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 118, 5265, 1996.

A. Cusanelli and D. Sutton, Cis and Trans Rhenium Hydrido Dinitrogen Complexes from Protonation Reactions of Cp*Re(PMe3)2(N2), Organometallics, 15, 3717, 1996.

A. Cusanelli and D. Sutton, End-to-End Rotation of Rhenium-Bound Dinitrogen, Organometallics, 15, 1457, 1996.

A. Cusanelli and D. Sutton, Investigation of the Formation of Ligated Dinitrogen from Rhenium-Bound Aryldiazenide, Organometallics, 14, 4651, 1995.

T. C. Richards, A. J. Bard, A. Cusanelli and D. Sutton, Investigation of the Electrochemical Reduction of [Cp*Re(CO)2(p-N2C6H4OMe)][BF4] by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy, Organometallics, 13, 757. (This article was selected for review in Chemtracts-Inorganic Chemistry 1994, 6, 91.), 1994.

Cusanelli, R. J. Batchelor, F. W. B. Einstein and D. Sutton, Synthesis of [(h5-C5Me5)Re(PR3)2(p-N2C6H4OMe)][BF4] (R = Me, OMe), X-Ray Crystal Structure of [(h5-C5Me5)Re(CO)(PMe3)(p-N2C6H4OMe)][BF4] and an Investigation of Stereochemical Non-Rigidity of a Singly-Bent Aryldiazenido Ligand, Organometallics, 13, 5096, 1994.

Cusanelli and D. Sutton, End-to-End Rotation of Co-ordinated Dinitrogen in (h5-C5Me5)Re(CO)2(N2), J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun, 1719, 1989.