Jean Duhamel

Professor, Chemistry Department

Contact InformationJean Duhamel

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35916
Location: C2 163


Biography Summary

Jean Duhamel is the Director of the Institute for Polymer Research at the University of Waterloo. He is well recognized for his expertise at applying fluorescence techniques to characterize synthetic or biological macromolecules and their supramolecular assemblies at the nanoscale in solution and in the solid state. DNA, peptides, polypeptides, dendrimers, or polymeric surfactants are examples of the types of macromolecules which are being currently studied in this laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Characterization of macromolecules by fluorescence
  • Colloidal particles
  • Chain folding using fluorescence


  • 1989, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine
  • 1987, Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine
  • 1987, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Chemical Engineering, cole Nationale Suprieure des Industries Chimiques


  • CHE 641 - Fund of Polymer Process Optns
    • Taught in 2016
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Long Range Polymer Chain Dynamics Studied by Fluorescence Quenching (Accepted in 2016)
  • Probing Side Chain Dynamics of Branched Macromolecules by Pyrene Excimer Fluorescence (Accepted in 2016)
  • A Pyrenyl Derivative with a Four Atom-Linker that Can Probe the Local Polarity of Pyrene-Labeled Macromolecules (Accepted in 2016)
  • Membrane Binding and Oligomer Formation by the Calcium-Dependent Lipopeptide Antibiotic A54145: A Quantitative Study with Pyrene Excimer Fluorescence (Accepted in 2016)
  • Quantifying the Level of Intermacromolecular Interactions by Using Pyrene Excimer Formation (Patented in 2016)

Graduate Studies

  • Currently accepting applications for graduate students