Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: new bionanomaterials as "green" alternatives to petroleum based latex; organic and bioorganic synthesis; novel antibiotics and nanopores


Professor Scott Taylor obtained his B.Sc. (Honours Biochemistry) from McGill University in 1986.  He obtained his Ph.D in the field of physical organic chemistry from the University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry, in 1991.  He joined the research group of Professor Stephen Benkovic at the Pennsylvania State University as an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow where he worked in the field of catalytic antibodies.  In 1994 he joined the faculty of the Dept. of Chemistry at The University of Toronto in Mississauga as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1999.  Shortly thereafter he moved to the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo where he is currently Full Professor of Chemistry.  He was awarded an IUPAC travel award in 1997 and a Premiere’s Research Excellence Award in 2000.  He is a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, The American Chemical Society, The University of Waterloo Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN).

Taylor’s research in nanotechnology is in the areas of nanomedicine and nanobiomaterials.  More specifically, he uses his expertise in peptide, carbohydrate and synthetic organic chemistry, as well as nuclear magnetic resonance and biochemistry to study and develop new antibiotics that kill bacteria by forming nanopores in bacterial membranes and to create new “green” nanobiomaterials that can be used as replacements for petroleum-based products.


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Toronto, 1991
  • BSc, Honours Biochemistry, McGill University, 1986

Scott Taylor

    University of Waterloo