ChemistryWestern Science

Joe B. Gilroy

Joe B. Gilroy

Contact Information

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Rm 3201 MSA,
Lab: Rm 3240 MSA
Phone (Office): ext 81561
Twitter: @GilroyGroup

Inorganic Teaching Division

Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Materials

Inorganic, polymer, and materials chemistry

Group Website


B.Sc. & Ph.D., University of Victoria; NSERC & EU Marie Curie PDF, University of Bristol



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 design our materials, which are prepared as part of an iterative approach, with natural resource sustainability and alternative energy technologies in mind.

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

1)  Highly metallized side-chain metal-containing polymers employing phosphorus as a scaffold for transition metals for use as ceramic precursors and self-assembled materials.

2)   Pi-conjugated polymers incorporating inorganic elements for use in advanced sensing technologies, as fluorescent dyes, and in charge transport/storage applications.

3)  Stable radical polymers for use as charge transport materials in organic electronics.

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 crystallography and scattering techniques.

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


Selected Publications