Derek Schipper's Canada Research Chair renewed

Monday, August 24, 2020

Innovation, research and discovery are key factors in maintaining and growing Canada’s socio-economic well-being, to benefit all Canadians. The Canada Research Chair Program is investing $140 million towards 182 new and renewed Chairs at 34 institutions. The Unversity of Waterloo had three chairs renewed, including Chemistry's Derek Schipper.

Derek Schipper, Canada Research Chair in Organic Material Synthesis

Headshot of Derek Schipper
NSERC Tier 2 (Renewal): $100,000 over five years

The scientific community is poised to make significant technological breakthroughs that will enable the advancement of flexible, lightweight, low-cost electronic devices such as photovoltaics, light emitting diodes and field-effect transistors. Conjugated organic materials, such as carbon nanotubes conjugated polymers, are at the core of these emerging technologies, therefore, great effort is dedicated to their assembly and functionalization. The research proposed here will build on Prof. Schipper strong background in synthetic chemistry applied to conjugated materials to make breakthroughs that will advance nascent technologies. Cutting-edge bottom-up synthetic approaches will provide solutions to long-standing and critical problems in organic electronic applications.

The other two Canada Research Chairs who were renewed are Lukasz Golab (Engineering) and Maria Strack (Environment).

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. It invests approximately $295 million per year to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions.