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Prof. Benoît Lessard awarded Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics!

Prof. Benoit Lessard was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. This honor was celebrated with a ceremony at uOttawa where the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change participated. After the ceremony Minister McKenna toured Prof. Lessards laboratory and was able to discuss about his research and what being awarded the CRC meant for him. 

Book Chapter on the use of Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization for Next Generation Materials is now Published!

Chapter 11: Novel Materials: From Nanoporous Materials to Micro-Electronics

From the book: Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization : From Fundamentals to Applications in Materials Science

Abstract: Nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP) has been used to synthesize numerous different materials for a variety of emerging and next generation applications. NMP facilitates the incorporation of functional monomers, controls polymer microstructure and often does not require excessive purification steps prior to use in a variety of electronic and biological applications. This chapter discusses the role of NMP in the advancement of novel material applications, such as nanoporous membranes, nanofeatured templates, proton exchange membranes, and electron donor–acceptor polymers for organic photovoltaics, organic light emitting diodes and electrical memory applications. Finally, a short discussion on the current commercial implementations of NMP will also be presented.

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Prof. Benoît Lessard was awarded the 2015 Polanyi Prize in Chemistry

Prestigious prizes awarded annually to five outstanding researchers in five fields

In honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Government of the Province of Ontario has established a fund to provide annually up to five prizes to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university. The prizes  are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.

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