McGill University Department of Chemistry Analytical/Environmental Chemical Biology Chemical Physics Materials Chemistry Synthesis/Catalysis  
R. Bruce Lennox
R. Bruce Lennox

Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry

B.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1979)
M.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1981)
Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 1985)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Imperial College, 1985-87)

Fellow-Elect, Royal Society of Canada
Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
Chair, Chemical Institute of Canada (2014-15
President, Chemical Society for Chemistry (2009-10)
Member, FQRNT Centre for Self Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS)
Member, McGill Center of Physics of Materials
Leo Yaffe Teaching Award, McGill, 1996

Office: Pulp & Paper 103
Phone: (514)398-8034

Lab: Pulp & Paper 201-215 and 201-215
Lab Phone: (514)398-6187 or (514)398-4460

Research Themes:

Research Description:
Research in this laboratory is oriented around structure/property relationships of classes of molecules which form interfaces and nanomaterials. This takes us into molecular design and synthesis (of novel surfactants and lipids), kinetics studies, surface chemical techniques (Langmuir films, electrochemistry, scanning probe microscopy), spectroscopy (NMR, IR) and polymer chemistry. In addition to the research that is performed directly in our labs, we also work with researchers inNeurosciences, Physics, and Engineering on collaborative projects. Some examples of ongoing projects in this laboratory include:

  • * the synthesis of stabilized gold nanoparticles
  • * the application of these nanoparticles in drug delivery, biorecognition schemes, and as tracers in materials diffusion problems
  • * the synthesis and assessment (using electron microscopy and 2H NMR) of novel lipids
  • * the preparation and application of novel lipids and polymers as two-dimensional lithography masks
  • * the development of cantilever-based sensors
  • * the use of surfaces, and surface features, as templates for chemical reactions

    Students undertaking any of these projects will gain experience in physical organic principles, spectroscopic methods, electron microscopy, electrochemical techniques, and surface chemistry. Graduates and PDFs are currently in academic positions (U. de Montréal, Calgary Guelph, Saskatchewan, Concordia, Rutgers, Waterloo, Laurentian, Dalhousie), government research labs industry (Stemcell, H-Power), and postdoctoral research positions.

    Currently Teaching:
    CHEM-634 Seminar in Advanced Materials
    801 Sherbrooke St. W. Montréal, Québec H3A 2K6 tel: 514-398-6999 fax: 514-398-3797   
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