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.

Research projects

Multicomponent free radical polymerisation for the production of novel acrylate type polymers. Kinetics in controlled radical polymerization. Kinetic studies and characterization of products by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Production and characterization of modified plastics and rubbers by melt and solution phase grafting. Investigation of improvements to production processes for hydrogenated diene rubbers. Modification of Polypropylene using metathesis catalysis. Kinetics of nitroxide mediated polymerizations. The effects of NOR controllers in degradation of polypropylene.

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Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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