Lessard Research Group Members
The Lessard Research Group is always seeking new Chemical Engineering graduate students at the Masters and at the PhD level. For those who are interested, the criteria for enrollment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa can be found on the website. Experience in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer synthesis, surface engineering, electrical engineering, nanotechnology and/or high vacuum operation is a plus. If you are interested, contact the group.
Current Group Members
Prof. Benoit Lessard (Principal Investigator)
The elusive Dr. Nicole Rice has been with us since October 2016 yet has not yet been captured by camera... her Ninja like skills are the reason she is great in the lab while avoiding detection.
Virgo. Year of the Rabbit. INTP. Blood type O+. Ravenclaw. Both a cat and a dog person. Once had his ear pierced for one month. Keeps misplacing his iron ring. Academic interests include electronic properties of materials, programming, and being sceptical. Hobbies include board/card games, playing guitar, and eating all the pizza.
Trevor's dream job was to become a manatee tamer, but as it turns out that's not an actual profession. Luckily he enjoys science almost as much as manatees.
Addicted to coffee, comedy and good movies. Mike used to wrestle and box avidly, but now his pastime is cooking and feeding his friends instead of fighting them. Chemical engineering is basically cooking things you cant eat, so he is in the right place!
During high school Brendan dreamed of playing lead guitar on tour with Iron Maiden. Upon the bitter realization that he wasn't any good, he figured that he would be better suited for a career in science and engineering instead.
After realizing that she wasn’t good enough to become a pro Ultimate Frisbee player, Sam turned to Chemical Engineering. In her free time she enjoys making bad chemistry puns, only periodically though.
When Ben isn't found in the lab enjoying the smell of Acetone, he can be found listening to jazz music and making terrible puns. His favourite apparatus is the NMR machine; something about it seems to resonate with him.
Sam's love of cats is rivaled only by her love of science. These might both be caused by brain parasites, but we may never know. If science and engineering don't pan out, she has a promising backup career in collecting empties from the neighbours' garbage with her shopping cart full of cats.
Vivi aspires to someday utilize her Chemistry skills to formulate the ultimate, perfect hair dye. She enjoys sudoku, does not like cats, and genuinely loves durian (it’s one of her favorite fruits!)