Research groups

Professor Antonella Badia

Professor Badia's research is focused on investigations of the phase structure-property relations in organic ultrathin films formed by molecular self-assembly. They can be used as model biomembranes, matrices for the selective deposition of nanomaterials, or the electrochemical actuation of micromechanical devices.

Professor Géraldine Bazuin

Professor Bazuin's group uses block copolymers and supramolecular chemistry to design new self-assembled polymer materials, in bulk and in thin films, for applications such as nanosensors and optics.

Professor André Charette

Professor Charette's research aims at developing new catalytic methods for the stereoselective synthesis of bioactive organic compounds, which are more powerful than existing methods and compatible with sustainable chemistry. His research is contributing to the development of new molecules with applications in pharmaceuticals, agrochemistry, biology, and food and materials science.

Professor Pierre Chaurand

Professor Chaurand and his group are developing methodologies for analyzing the molecular content of thin tissue sections by mass spectrometry in a region-specific manner. A systematic analysis makes it possible to reconstruct molecular images (proteins, peptides, lipids, metabolites, etc.) that can be directly correlated to the histologies present within the sections and the health of biopsies.

Professor Shawn Collins

Professor Collins' group develops catalytic and asymmetric strategies for the synthesis of organic intermediates difficult to prepare using current technology, with the emphasis on syntheses applying green chemistry principles and exploiting modern technologies such as continuous-flow synthesis.

Professor Mickaël Dollé

Professor Dollé and his group are developing inorganic materials for electrochemical energy storage/conversion (battery). Solid state chemistry, material science and electrochemistry are outlined as major concerns. An important interest is dedicated to the Synthesis-Structure-Physical properties relationship in order to improve existing materials or to create new ones.

Professor Matthias Ernzerhof

Professor Ernzerhof and his group develop theories and computer programs based on quantum mechanics, to model chemical and physical properties of molecules, surfaces, solids and nanostructures.

Professor Suzanne Giasson

Professor Giasson and her group study static interactions (adhesion, molecular interactions) and dynamic interactions (nanorheology and nanotribiology) of surfaces and in soft-matter thin films. Her work covers a wide variety of materials ranging from biological systems (nucleic acids, cells) to synthetics (polymers, drug carriers) and complex fluids (colloids).

Professor Yvan Guindon

Professor Guindon develops new synthetic sequences leading to bioactive molecules of interest in controlling inflammation and/or cancer. He also studies free radicals in various stereoselective processes to produce complex molecules.

Professor Garry Hanan

Professor Hanan's group develops supramolecular photocatalysts that harvest solar energy for chemical transformations, e.g. for the photoproduction of fuels (reducing H2O to H2 and CO2 to HCO2H). These same supramolecular complexes are used in photovoltaic devices.

Professor Stephen Hanessian

Professor Hanessian's group conducts research into the total synthesis of natural products of biological importance, the design and synthesis of therapeutic products and the development of new methods of asymmetric synthesis.

Professor Patrick Hayes

Atmospheric particles influence the climate and harm public health. The research in Professor Hayes' group seeks to better understand the chemistry of these aerosols, which is necessary to determine their environmental impact. In addition, the group is also interested in the chemistry of mineral surfaces.

Professor Radu Iftimie

Professor Iftimie and his group develop new computational methods and software that can be used to reliably probe little-known complex structures and reaction mechanisms in liquids and solids.

Professor Michel Lafleur

Professor Lafleur's research is aimed at characterizing the organization of biomolecular self-assembly, defining the physical and chemical laws involved, identifying relationships between structure and function of these biological materials and <s>monitoring</s> exploiting their properties for <s>certain</s> various biotechnology applications.

Professor Hélène Lebel

Professor Lebel's group examines the development of new synthetic methodologies in organic chemistry based on the use of organometallic catalysts to produce molecules with useful properties.

Professor William Lubell

The Lubell laboratory performs research in medicinal chemistry and peptide science, with particular interest in the development of novel effective methods for the synthesis of heterocycles, amino acids, peptides and peptide mimics.

Professor Anne Marinier

Professor Marinier and her group focus on medicinal chemistry. The group works to design and synthesize new chemical entities with proven biological and therapeutic activity in the treatment of cancer and other related diseases.

Professor Richard Martel

Professor Martel and his group study various electrically active nanostructures so as to better understand phenomena linked to surfaces and interfaces, such as charge transfer and electrical conduction.

Professor Jean-François Masson

Professor Masson develops spectroscopic biosensors for the analysis of biomolecules present in medical samples. He studies the properties of nano- and microstructures to improve the sensitivity of instruments and the properties of surface chemistry to improve analysis selectivity in biological fluids.

Professor Christian Pellerin

Professor Pellerin and his group focus on characterizing the structure and dynamics of polymers and self-assembled materials. They are particularly interested in the formation of nanofibers by electrospinning, molecular glasses and supramolecular complexes. They also develop novel infrared and Raman spectroscopy techniques.

Professor Joelle Pelletier

Professor Pelletier's research is aimed at modifying enzymes, particularly in their active sites, and overcoming resistance to antibiotics, to provide new industrial applications in biocatalysis and green chemistry, and increase our understanding of enzyme catalysis.

Professor Robert Prud'homme

Professor Prud'homme's group studies the properties of polymers in the solid state, in particular their crystallization (thin films), their orientation/relaxation behaviour and stereocomplex formation between polyenantiomers.

Professor Christian Reber

Professor Reber's group studies inorganic materials and molecules using advanced spectroscopic experiments and theoretical models, in order to identify, understand and control their properties.

Professor Dominic Rochefort

Professor Rochefort's research focuses on electrochemical processes involving ionic liquids. The functionalization of ionic liquids by electroactive moieties is used to develop new electrolytes studied in various electrochemical storage systems, like batteries and supercapacitors.

Professor Sébastien Sauvé

Professor Sauvé works on the mobility and bioavailability of "traditional" contaminants like lead and cadmium, and on compounds of emerging interest, like drugs, cyanotoxins and nanoparticles. His work focuses on analyzing contaminants, their chemical speciation, environmental fate and potential impacts.

Professor Frank Schaper

Catalysis is one of the main principles of green chemistry. Professor Schaper's group researches the synthesis and characterization of inorganic complexes that catalyze reactions important to research and industry. In particular, it is developing new catalysts for the polymerization of cyclic esters into biodegradable polymers.

Professor Andreea Schmitzer

Professor Schmitzer's research combines organic, bio-organic and supramolecular chemistry, with the goal of gaining insight into how molecular recognition and motion can be combined, for the development of new catalytic systems and new transmembrane transporters.

Professor William Skene

The main focus of Professor Skene's research is the synthesis and opto-electronic characterization of new organic materials exhibiting photophysical and electrochemical properties that are suitable for use in plastic electronics. This includes the fabrication and characterization of organic electronic devices prepared from new conjugated materials.

Professor Pierre Thibault

Professor Thibault's research is primarily focused on the development and application of new technologies in proteomics and bioanalytical mass spectrometry to the identification of proteins and their post-translational modifications. In multidisciplinary research, these tools provide a deeper understanding of molecular mechanisms and post-translational modifications, which regulate the function and translocation of proteins involved in immunity and signaling of cancer cells.

Professor Jean-François Truchon

Professor Truchon's work focuses on computer aided drug design. The development of novel computer based methodologies with applications to the challenges found in the pharmaceutical industry lies at the core of his research, along with non-covalent interactions and simulation, cheminformatics, and ligand-based approaches.

Professor Alexis Vallée-Bélisle

Professor Vallée-Bélisle and his group are inspired by nature in developing biotechnologies and nanotechnologies (biosensors, nanomachines, etc.) aimed at making real improvements in global health and environmental issues.

Professor Karen Waldron

Professor Waldron's group uses capillary electrophoresis with laser-based detection and mass spectrometry to identify proteins and peptides of biological importance. The group develops enzyme microreactors and methods for micro-scale sample preparation and separation for applications in environmental and biomolecule analyses.

Professor Kevin Wilkinson

Professor Wilkinson and his group seek to understand the biophysicochemistry of biological and environmental systems. Their work is primarily aimed at improving our understanding of the bioavailability and mobility of environmental contaminants, in part by developing sensitive analytical techniques for heterogeneous systems.

Professor Françoise Winnik

The research conducted by Professor Winnik and her group is aimed at designing new functional nanometric objects. The group is collaborating internationally to study the self-assembly of hydrosoluble or amphipilic polymers in solution and at interfaces, with a view on their biomedical and diagnostic applications

Professor James Wuest

Professor Wuest's group uses organic and inorganic synthesis as a tool for multidisciplinary exploration of materials science, surface science and nanoscience.

Professor Davit Zargarian

Professor Zargarian's research is centred on synthesis of organometallic complexes and studies of their diverse reactivities with the objective of developing new catalytic reactions.

Professor Julian Zhu

Professor Zhu's group focuses on the synthesis, characterization and development of new polymeric materials, including hydrogels, degradable polymers, shape-memory materials and nano- and microparticles, for biomedical and industrial applications.