Paul Sarte

Researcher Profiles

Paul Sarte

Briefly describe the professor and research project you are working with.

For two years, I have worked with Dr. Christopher Wiebe whose primary area of interest is the synthesis and characterisation of new magnetic oxides. Dr. Wiebe's research utilizes and combines the tools from the diverse but related fields of chemistry and physics. His research attempts to both understand complex phenomena such as geometric frustration and to synthesize novel functional materials ranging from superconductors to multiferroics. My research project involves the synthesis and characterisation of magnetic pyrochlore antiferromagnets Pr2Sn2-xTixO7 and Er2Sn2O7 which are geometric frustrated meaning that their geometry restricts normal long range magnetic ordering. The purpose of my project is to investigate the reasons for the lack of ordering through measurements ranging from the macroscopic to the quantum scale.

Why do you want to do this kind of research?

Magnetism is ubiquitous in contemporary society ranging from MRI to computers. The ubiquity and integration of magnetism into our everyday lives has made the understanding of this complex phenomenon absolutely critical to further advances in the quality of life. Being involved in investigating fundamental magnetic phenomena has given me the opportunity of being involved in ground breaking research providing the building blocks to large scale real world applications. 

How do you think this research benefits you in developing your skills and abilities?

My research with Dr. Wiebe has provided me with numerous opportunities to improve many of the skills and abilities required to succeed in academia. These skills and abilities include scientific writing, public speaking, teaching and critical thinking. My research has allowed me to use the knowledge gained from the classroom and directly apply this plethora of equations and facts for intricately designed experiments with such experiments sometimes yielding themselves paradigm shifting results!

What is the best part, or what has surprised you in doing this research?

The best part of doing research is the group of people you work with. Through my research with Dr. Wiebe, I have had the privilege of meeting and working with many skilled scientists ranging from fellow undergraduates to senior researchers hailing from locations spanning the entire globe. Meeting new people, exchanging skills and knowledge provides a sense of unity among the research community: a sense of unity that transcends nationality, religion or language.

What would you say to students thinking about attending UWinnipeg regarding research opportunities here?

To future students, I say the following: the University of Winnipeg has garnered a reputation of academic and  research excellence and it shall not disappoint! You will be surrounded by talented, enthusiastic and caring professors who will provide you ample opportunity to pursue research in your area of interest ranging from freshwater ecology to cosmology and high energy particle physics. You will get to work in the laboratory and gain valuable research skills: opportunities usually provided only to graduate students at larger institutions.

What are your personal goals, how do you hope to use your education down the road?

My main personal goal involves using my education to give back to the institution that has given so much to me. I hope to earn a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, complete my post-doctorate in Europe and eventually return as a professor to my undergraduate alma mater to inspire the next generation of Canadian scientists.