McGill University Department of Chemistry Analytical/Environmental Chemical Biology Chemical Physics Materials Chemistry Synthesis/Catalysis  
   
Synthesis/Catalysis Profs.
Arndtsen, Bruce
Auclair, Karine
Bohle, Scott
Butler, Ian
Chan, Tak-Hang
Cosa, Gonzalo
Damha, Masad
Eisenberg, Adi
Farrell, Patrick
Friščić, Tomislav
Gleason, James
Gray, Derek
Guindon, Yvan
Harpp, David
Hay, Allan
Kakkar, Ashok
Lennox, Bruce
Li, C.J.
Lumb, Jean-Philip
Marchessault, Robert
Moitessier, Nicolas
Moores, Audrey
Perepichka, Dima
Shaver, Alan
Sleiman, Hanadi
Tsantrizos, Youla
van de Ven, Theo
Allan S. Hay
Allan S. Hay

Professor Emeritus

B.Sc. (Unversity of Alberta, 1950)
M.Sc. (Unversity of Illinois, 1952)
Ph.D. (University of Illinois, 1955)
D.Sc. Hon. (University of Alberta, 1987)
General Electric Coolidge Fellow, 1971
Society of Plastics Engineers International Award, 1975
Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award, 1985
Amer. Institute of Chemists Chemical Pioneer Award, 1985
Carothers Award, 1985
Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, CIC, 1998 Fellow of Royal Society (London) 1981
Office: Pulp & Paper 107
Phone: (514)398-6934
Email: Allan.Hay@McGill.CA

Lab: Pulp and Paper 012
Lab Phone: (514)398-3644

Research Themes:
Synthesis/
Catalysis

Research Description:
The design of new polymeric materials with specific property profiles offers an exciting challenge to the organic chemist. Several approaches to the synthesis of polymers are utilized.

* Exploration for new methods of synthesis of known polymers, in particular, utilizing new methods of catalysis.
* Synthesis of new monomers for new polymeric structures. Areas of interest include phenol chemistry, acetylene chemistry and heterocyclic chemistry and functional polymers, e.g. for electroluminescent cells.
* Search for new polymer forming reactions, e.g., by nucleophilic substitution reactions, by oxidative coupling, macrocyclic oligomers.
* Chemical modification of existing polymers for the design of modified polymers with specific properties, e.g. polymers for new ionomers.

In polymer synthesis the tools of the synthetic organic chemist (chromatography, spectroscopy, etc.) are augmented by the tools of polymer science to determine properties such as molecular weights, molecular weight distributions and viscosities. When a new polymeric material is synthesized, the chemist must then measure the physical properties. Intelligent decisions on the direction of the synthetic effort can only be made if one understands the effects of chemical structural changes on the properties and processability of the resulting polymers.
   
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