Professor, Chemistry; Canada Research Chair in Organic Material Synthesis

Research interests: synthesis of organic materials for applications in organic solar cells, field effect transistors, imaging, displays


Professor Derek Schipper's research is focused on tackling synthetic challenges posed in the context of conjugated organic materials. The ability as synthetic chemists to efficiently construct diverse sets of organic materials is rapidly becoming an important parameter in the development of cutting-edge, flexible, lightweight, low-cost electronic devices such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors . The Schipper group is developing powerful new synthetic capabilities that are essential to addressing many of the challenges hindering exciting technology.

Schipper received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Prince Edwards Island. He then moved to University of Ottawa to pursue his graduate studies investing novel catalytic transformations. His NSERC postdoctoral appointment involved the development of novel aromatic and heteroaromtic structures for potential applications as organic electronic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Institute For Soldier Nanotechnologies. Schipper joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in October 2013.


  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Organic Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013

  • PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Ottawa, 2011

  • BSc, Honours Chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island, 2006

Derek Schipper

University of Waterloo