Welcome to the Brook Group

Silicon-derived polymers, including silicones and silica, are technologically important materials used widely in commerce. However, most current synthetic routes provide little control over the types of silicones formed or, therefore, their behavior. Our research focuses on the development of improved syntheses of explicit silicones that will expand the availability of well-defined interfaces. Our research increasingly focuses on incorporating natural materials into silicones, with the resulting products being more sustainable and possessing really interesting properties, including energy absorption, thermal stability and biocompatibility.

UC SealMcMaster University
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

2023 Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement

2019-21 Faculty of Science Chair in Sustainable Silicone Polymers

2017 Winner of Macromolecular Engineering and Science Award

2016 Winner of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry


See our work on    Soybean Oil Sustainable Silicones
                                Vitamins and Antioxidants in Silicones (Hot Paper)
                                Sugar Silicone Energy Absorbers
                                Underwater Silicone Cure

                                Dissolving Rubber Tires
                                            including links to the Green Chemistry paper, Media reports, and an explanation

                                        EnRoute Interfaces Strategies with Rubber