Elizabeth GilliesJoe B. Gilroy
Assistant Professor
B.Sc. & Ph.D., University of Victoria
NSERC & EU Marie Curie PDF, University of Bristol

Office: MSA 3201, lab MSA 3240
Phone (Office): (519) 661-2111 ext. 81561


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Joe B. Gilroy

Inorganic, polymer, and materials chemistry


  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • EU Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Current Research Themes:

Research in the Gilroy group focuses on the design and synthesis of inorganic and polymeric materials with interesting conducting, magnetic, redox, and sensing properties.  We wish to exploit the properties and self-organization behavior of the materials we synthesize in a variety of applications including those based on nano-, bio-, and alternative energy technologies. 

The group is currently engaged in a variety of projects, which fall within three general areas:

1)  Main-chain and side-chain metal-containing polymers based on transition metal coordination complexes, and the exploitation of their redox and magnetic properties in a variety of materials applications (e.g., as nanoparticle precursors and self-assembled materials).

2)  Conducting polymers incorporating transition metal complexes and stable radicals for use in advanced sensing technologies and charge transport / storage applications.

3)  Nanoscale architectures (i.e., bottle-brush polymers and block copolymer micelles) based on stable radical-containing polymers and their applications (e.g., as vehicles for small molecule delivery and as bioimaging contrast agents).

Students in the Gilroy group will work in a highly multidisciplinary environment.  The ability to synthesize (and characterize) a wide range of molecular and macromolecular materials, including air- and moisture-sensitive examples, will be complemented by exposure to high-tech materials characterization techniques.  Examples of such methodologies include: electrochemistry, magnetochemistry, electron and atomic force microscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and X-ray scattering techniques.

Whenever possible, the interaction of students in the Gilroy group with industry will be facilitated, leaving graduates of the Gilroy group in an excellent position to pursue future employment in Canada and abroad.

Selected Publications:

Gilroy, J. B.; Russell, A. D.; Stonor, A. J.; Chabanne, L.; Baljak, S.; Haddow, M. F.; Manners, I. An iron-cyclopentadienyl bond cleavage mechanism for the thermal ring-opening polymerization of dicarba[2]ferrocenophanes. Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 830-841.

Gilroy, J. B.; Patra, S. K.; Mitchels, J. M.; Winnik, M. A.; Manners, I. Main-Chain Heterobimetallic Block Copolymers:  Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Polyferrocenylsilane-b-Poly(cobaltoceniumethylene).  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed2011, 50, 5851-5855. (VIP article)

Gilroy, J. B.; Gädt, T.; Whittell, G. R.; Chabanne, L.; Mitchels, J. M.; Richardson, R. M.; Winnik, M. A.; Manners, I.  Monodisperse Cylindrical Micelles by Living Crystallization-Driven Self-Assembly. Nature Chem. 2010, 2, 566-570.

Gilroy, J. B.; McKinnon, S. D. J.; Koivisto, B. D.; and Hicks, R. G. Electrochemical studies of verdazyl radicals.  Org. Lett. 2007, 9, 4837-4840.

Gilroy, J. B.; McDonald, R.; Ferguson, M. J.; Patrick, B. O.; and Hicks, R. G. Formazans as β-diketiminate analogues. Structural characterization of boratatetrazines and their reduction to borataverdazyl radical anions. Chem. Commun. 2007, 126-128.

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