Research Highlight: Highly fluorinated phosphonium salts (HFPS) as photoinduced carbene precursors for covalent attachment of the HFPS onto cotton/paper to impart hydrophobicity. Clicking on the above image will link you to the full details of this work DOI: 10.1021/la301975u.

Polymers & Composite Materials

Kim M Baines
ChB 120A/310A
519 661-2111 ext 83122/86302
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synthesis, characterization and applications of new organometallic polymers

Multiply bonded compounds of silicon and germanium have proven to be powerful building blocks in organometallic  chemistry just as alkenes and alkynes are in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry. The importance of alkenes in organic polymers is undisputed. Recently, Prof. Baines has discovered a new approach to polysilenes and polygermenes, polymers with an alternating silicon (or germanium) carbon backbone, from the silicon and germanium analogs of alkenes, respectively. Her group continues to explore the chemistry and applications of this novel class of polymers.

John de Bruyn
PAB 230
519 661-2111 ext 86430
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Rheology and microrheology of polymers, nanocomposites, gels, and other soft materials.

Prof. de Bruyn's research aims to establish the links between the microscopic structure and bulk properties of complex fluids. He uses shear rheometry, dynamic light scattering, microscopy, and other techniques to study the microstructure and viscoelastic properties of complex fluids on both the microscopic and bulk scales. He also studies flow and flow instabilities in complex fluids and granular materials using a variety of flow visualization methods.

Joe B. Gilroy
MSA 3201
519 661-2111 ext 81561
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functional materials, metal- and radical-containing polymers, coordination chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis & catalysis, photovoltaic materials, redox shuttles

Dr. Gilroy's research is centered around the design and synthesis of inorganic and polymeric materials with potentially desirable conducting, magnetic, redox, and sensing properties.  His research has both fundamental and applied aspects, with a long term goal of making a significant impact to global scientific challenges, including the development of alternative energy technologies.  Current research projects include the synthesis of highly metallized polymers as precursors to novel heterogeneous catalysts, the synthesis of novel p-type semiconducting polymers for use in photovoltaic devices, and the study of organic radical polymers as redox shuttles for energy storage applications.

Jeffrey Hutter
PAB 209
519-661-2111 ext 86719
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Atomic force microscopy, mechanical properties of nanomaterials, crystal growth and kinetic inhibitors, biomineralization, viscoelastic properties of hydrogels 

Professor Hutter is interested in studying materials and processes at the nanometer level.  This includes measuring the mechanical properties of nanofibres by atomic-force microscopy, real-time in-situ studies of the inhibition of biomineralization by specific proteins, and probing the structure of hydrogels and complex fluids using neutron scattering.  Active collaborations at Western involve researchers in Engineering and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as in the Faculty of Science.

Takashi Kuboki
CMLP 1306
519 661-2111 ext 88519
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polymer composites; biocomposites; nanocomposites; biopolymers; plastic foaming

Prof. Kuboki’s primary research interests are in the areas of process-structure-property relationships of materials, and development of novel functional materials. The materials include synthetic and natural fiber reinforced polymer composites, biocomposites; nanocomposites, polymer blends, biopolymers, and plastic foams.

Paul J. Ragogna
B&GS 2024
519-661-2111 ext 87048
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UV-curing; Hydrophobic surfaces; highly fluorinated phosphonium salts; highly metallated polymers; side chain functionalized polymers; diblock copolymers

Functional polymeric materials have a wide range of established and potential commercial applications.  From electrical conductivity, light emission or as barrier films, designer macromolecules play an important roles in addressing these and related technological challenges.  In this context, the Ragogna group is interested in two particular areas of polymer/functional materials chemistry; (i) Designing surfaces with a high degree of water repellency (superhydrophobicity) that utilize low cost starting materials, are UV curable and applied in a single coat application process; and, (ii) Side chain functionalized cobalt containing metallopolymers and diblock copolymers, with a high degree of tuneability with respect to the chemical substituents around the cobalt centre. 

J. T. Wood
SEB 3061
519 661-2111 ext 83482
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Structure-property relationships, mechanical testing, energy absorption

Dr. Wood's research is focused on the characterization and application of lightweight structural materials, primarily for automotive applications.  Current research projects include the development of process-structure-property relationships for die-cast magnesium alloys and understanding the factors that contribute to enhanced toughness of polymer composites. 

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Congratulations to the 2016 AMBI Undergraduate Research Award recipients:

Yi Min Liang working with Dr. John Corrigan (Chemistry) and Dr. Giovanni Fanchini (Physics and Astronomy)

Keifer Stevenson working with Dr. Zhifeng Ding (Chemistry) and Dr. Jun Yang (Mech and Mater Engineering)

Anastasiya Vinokurtseva working with Dr. Robert Hudson (Chemistry) and Dr. Robert Bartha (Medical Biophysics)

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Dr. John F. Corrigan

Department of Chemistry
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