Dr. Thomas Duever

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Applied statistics, experimental design, parameter estimation, model discrimination, industrial experiments, continuous process improvement, product development, monte carlo simulation, reactivity ratio estimation.

Dr. Jean Duhamel

Professor, Director: Institute for Polymer Research

Research interests

Characterization of polymers and their aggregates in solution using a combination of fluorescence, light scattering, rheology, and surface tension.

Dr. Xianshe Feng

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Synthetic membranes and membrane processes, hollow fibers, membrane-based contactors and reactors, adsorption separation, facilitated transport, and hybrid separation processes.

Dr. Jamie Forrest

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests

Deals with the physical phenomena that are observed in soft materials in general and more particularly in polymer thin films. He is interested in the characterization of confined polymer chains through the study of their glass transition and the properties of polymer interfaces and adhesion phenomena.

Dr. Mario Gauthier

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests

Synthesis, characterization, and applications of highly branched (arborescent) polymers. Polymer-supported reagents and catalysts, polymer modification, copolymerization, ion-containing polymers, water-soluble polymers. Polymer-modified metallic particles. Microencapsulation and drug release. Emulsion polymerization.

Dr. Yuning Li

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Design and synthesis of conducting and semiconducting polymers. Processing and molecular organization control of crystalline polymers.

Dr. Neil McManus

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Kinetics of free radical polymerisation, chemical modification of commercial rubbers to produce physical property modifications, hydrogenation of butadiene rubbers. Methods for modifying polymer bulk and surface properties. Effects of nitroxyl radical controllers in polymerization and polymer decomposition.

Dr. Alexander Penlidis

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Kinetics, mathematical modelling and simulation of polymerization processes, polymer and latex sensors, polymer reactor design, optimization and computer control.

Dr. Leonardo Simon

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Synthesis of polymers using coordination catalysis, characterization of polymer structure, and testing thermal and mechanical properties of polymers; development of novel polymer nanocomposites, mathematical modeling of polymerization mechanisms.

Dr. Michael Tam

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Magnetic nano-particles for protein purification, Nano-structured systems from templating process, Block copolymers and self assembly systems, Enhanced drug delivery systems, Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and stimuli responsive polymeric systems, Polymer-surfactant interactions, Associative polymers for environmentally friendly coatings, Temperature and pH-responsive microgel systems, Rheological, calorimetric titration and light scattering techniques.

Dr. Costas Tzoganakis

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Polymer processing, reactive extrusion of polymers, rubber devulcanization, chemical modification of polymers, processing of polymers with supercritical fluids, mathematical modeling and computer simulations of polymer processing, and rheology of polymer melts.

Dr. Xiaosong Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research interests

Polymer supramolecular chemistry for functional (nano)materials, including metal containing monomers and building blocks synthesis; polymer and organometallic molecules self-assembly; and material applications for the resulting supramolecular materials, e.g. catalysts, electronic devices, sensors etc.

Dr. Boxin Zhao

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research interests

Adhesion, surface forces and associated micro-mechanical properties of such soft materials as (synthetic and biological) polymers, sticky fluids, and biological tissues, in particular, under micro- and nanometer confinements.

Dr. Derek Schipper

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

Derek Schipper carries out research in organic chemistry and materials chemistry. His research program is based on the development of novel synthetic methods that allow efficient access to important conjugated materials. Ultimately, he seeks to utilize these materials in applications such as organic photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors.

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