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Polymer research at McGill University.

Polymer Research at McGill University

Polymer related research at McGill University started in 1912, with the arrival of G. Stafford Whitby, who distinguished himself through his work on rubbers. Another early highlight was the establishment on campus of the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada in 1927. As a result of the foresight of Carl Winkler, P. Hibbert and others, as the importance of polymers to society has increased over time, the polymer effort at MGill has also grown. Currently, this polymer group is the largest university group devoted to polymer chemistry and chemical engineering in Canada. It has been granted the status of a centre within the university (Polymer McGill). The group comprises 20 members or associate members of professorial rank or equivalent, as well as 71 PhD candidates and 33 master's candidates. In addition, well over 30 postdoctoral coworkers, visiting scientists, and technicians should be included.

The interests of the members of the chemistry and chemical engineering departments who are working in polymers are very broad. They are listed here alphabetically by principal investigator. M. Andrews: Metal atom reactions with monomers and polymers optical waveguide spectroscopy. Henry Bolker, FCIC: Solubilization of network polymers, including wood and lignin. G. Ronald Brown, MCIC: Crystallisation in polymer blends/composites and specific adsorbents. J.M. Charrier: Properties and processing of polymeric systems-plastics, elastomers and composites. Graham Darling, MCIC: Synthesis of reactive polymers for applications as microlithographic resists, non-linear optical materials, and solid phase reagents. John Dealy, MCIC: Melt rheology and its role in plastics processing. Adi Eisenberg, FCIC: Structure-morphology property relations of polymers subject to coulombic interactions in bulk, in solution and on surfaces. Derek Gray, FCIC: Liquid crystalline cellulosics. John Harrod, FCIC: New catalytic routes to inorganic and hybrid polymers. Allan Hay, MCIC: Synthesis of new high-performance polymers. Musa Kamal, FCIC: Engineering analysis by computer simulation for optimization of polymer processing. R. St. John Manley, FCIC: Blends of cellulose with synthetic polymers. Robert Marchessault, FCIC: Biopolyester and cellulosics for imaging applications; polymer solid-state. Donald Patterson, FCIC: Polymer solutions and liquids. W.I. Patterson: Modelling and experimentation involving process control. A.S. Perlin, FCIC: Characterization and modification of carbohydrate polymers. Alejandro, Rey, MCIC: Rheology of nematic liquid crystals. D. Ronis: Statistical mechanics, structure, dynamics and light scattering of colloidal suspensions and complex fluids. L.E. St-Pierre, FCIC: Bioactive polymers, including bilirubin absorbents; other polymer-substrate complexes. Theodorus Van de Ven, MCIC: Polymer colloid interactions.

The prognosis for polymer science and engineering in the 21st century is one of expanding use and increasing sophistication. The need for highly-qualified polymer chemists and engineers will continue. The close interaction within the chemistry and chemical engineering departments, extensive contacts with industry as well as the broad range of studies which are underway permits the students at McGill to obtain an appreciation of the diverse aspects of the discipline and offers an excellent preparation for their professional careers. McGill looks forward to the next 80 years of activity in polymer science as exciting and productive as the last.
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Title Annotation:Plastics in Canada: the state of the art
Author:Eisenberg, Adi
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Cover Story
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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