University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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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.
Conjugated polymers are quickly becoming indispensible for technologies such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors. Therefore, efficient assembly of these materials is an important goal. Advancing synthetic strategies provide a direct way to both streamline synthesis and render new polymer architectures synthetically accessible. This talk will discuss our recent efforts developing a C-H bond functionalization and dehydration polymerization strategies to access novel, heterocycle-containing conjugated polymers.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.