|van de Ven, Theo|
Professor EmeritusB.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
Lab: Pulp and Paper 012
Lab Phone: (514)398-3644
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.