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.
Marie est fan d'animaux et de voyages. Apres la France, l'Angleterre et l'Australie, son amour pour les sciences a mené ses nouvelles aventures au Canada. Espérons qu'elle résiste aux glaciales températures!
Nic wanted to become an NHL goalie like every good Canadian boy, but Engineering seems to have won out...
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.
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.
Mat used to aimlessly wander the halls of the University of Ottawa searching for his own maniacal doomsday lab. But, one day he had the chance to work in Dr.Lessards lab, he found the chemistry was great so he’s been there ever since!
On the rare occasion that Kate is not hard at work completing her undergrad in chemical engineering, you can probably find her patting the nearest dog. Or maybe at the gym lifting weights and 'forgetting' to do cardio. Or maybe even boarding the next plane out of the country.
Miranda is an electrical engineering student who is very excited to be a part of the LRG. In her spare time she enjoys swimming and building electric circuits. However, she prefers to do these activities in series rather than in parallel.
Rose originally registered for chemical engineering after reading Primo Levi's "The Periodic Table" and was disappointed to learn that chemical engineering did not involve writing autobiographies. Rose has not quite moved past her love of books but has found interest in organic electronics.
Victoria is a chemist by training but has been lured to the world of chemical engineering with promises of applying her chemistry skills to the fabrication of organic electronics. She is one of us now.