Materials Chemistry

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Materials Chemistry embraces research in different chemistry fields with a goal of developing functional materials.

Our research focuses on both soft (biological and polymers) and hard materials. This may mean improving current materials or preparing new high-performance ones, optimizing existing characterization tools and developing new tools. Applications of our work include are improved lithium ion batteries for energy storage, fuel cells for power generation, polymers for medical and electronic applications, radiopharmaceuticals for cancer screening and treatment, biocompatible hydrogels for drug delivery, catalysts and semiconductors, materials for magnetic cooling and waste heat recovery, functional optical materials, and water sensors.

Areas of specialty:

  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Polymers and optical materials
  • Batteries for energy storage
  • Catalysts and semiconductors
  • Hydrogels for drug delivery
  • Magnetic cooling and thermoelectrics

Our researchers:

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology | McMaster University has 9 registered members
Alex Adronov
Professor, Associate Chair (Research)
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Research Interests:

Polymer Chemistry of Nanotubes; Dendrimer-Based Therapeutics; Covalent Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs); Supramolecular Functionalization of SWNTs; Carborane-Functionalized Dendrimers; Dendrimer-Based Imaging Agents

Michael Brook
Professor
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Research Interests:

New strategies for silicone synthesis using green chemistry, and targeting energy and biomedical applications.

Gillian Goward
Professor and Chair
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Research Interests:

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging of Materials for Alternative Energy Storage & Conversion; Lithium Ion Batteries & Fuel Cells

Peter Kruse
Associate Professor
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Surfaces, interface and low-dimensional materials; their electronic and chemical properties; doping, mobility and pattern formation; applications in corrosion inhibitors and water quality sensors

Yurij Mozharivskyj
Professor
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Thermoelectric materials; magnetocaloric phases; inorganic phosphors for temperature sensing.

Kalai Saravanamuttu
Associate Professor
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Sol-gel chemistry; self-assembly; photonics and photo-induced transformations

Harald Stover
Professor
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Research Interests:

Functional polymers; colloids and microspheres

Ignacio Vargas-Baca
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:
Supramolecular
Main-Group Chemistry: New Materials and Functional Multimolecular Assemblies
Ryan Wylie
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:
Protein polymer conjugates: Antibody therapeutics, bioreactors, bio-inks
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