Joe Gilroy


Contact Information

Title: 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


  • UWO Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • UWO Chemistry Research Award of Excellence
  • UWO Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring
  • UWO Florence Bucke Science Prize
  • STREM Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry
  • Western Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Fellowship
  • CNC-IUPAC Travel Award
  • Ontario Early Researcher Award
  • Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award
  • Thieme Chemistry Journal Award


Research in the Gilroy group focuses on the design and synthesis of inorganic and polymeric materials with interesting optoelectronic, conducting, magnetic, and redox properties. We design our materials, which are prepared as part of an iterative approach to property optimization, with natural resource sustainability and alternative energy technologies in mind.

The group is currently engaged in a variety of projects that fall within three general areas. As a common theme, we aim to explore the effect of unusual structure and bonding on the properties of molecules and materials.

1) Fluorescent and electrochemiluminescent dyes containing main group elements for use in medical imaging, organic electronics, and sensing platforms. 2) Pi-conjugated polymers incorporating inorganic elements for use in advanced sensing technologies and for charge transport/storage applications.

3) Polymer coatings for use as charge transport/storage materials and for the protection of metal-based surfaces.

Students in the Gilroy group perform research in a highly multidisciplinary and collaborative environment. The ability to synthesize a wide range of molecular and macromolecular materials, including air- and moisture-sensitive examples, is complemented by exposure to high-tech

materials characterization techniques and computational methods. Examples of such methodologies include: electrochemistry, magnetochemistry, electron and atomic force microscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), X-ray crystallography and scattering techniques, and DFT calculations.

Whenever possible, students in the Gilroy group execute projects in collaboration with industry partners, strengthening their position to pursue future employment in Canada and abroad. Group members move on to sought-after positions in industry, academia, and government.


  • 2271 - Structure and Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 3320 - Polymer Chemistry
  • 3371 - Transition Metal Chemistry
  • 9653 - Polymers: Synthesis to Function
  • 9663 - Advanced Polymer Chemistry II

Selected Publications