McGill University Department of Chemistry Analytical/Environmental Chemical Biology Chemical Physics Materials Chemistry Synthesis/Catalysis  
Materials Chemistry Profs.
Andrews, Mark
Barrett, Christopher
Blum, Amy
Butler, Ian
Eisenberg, Adi
Friščić, Tomislav
Gray, Derek
Kakkar, Ashok
Kambhampati, Pat
Lennox, Bruce
Marchessault, Robert
Mauzeroll, Janine
Moores, Audrey
Perepichka, Dima
Reven, Linda
Ronis, David
Sleiman, Hanadi
van de Ven, Theo
Whitehead, M.A (Tony)
Christopher J. Barrett
Christopher J. Barrett

Associate Professor
Convenor of Graduate Materials Program

B.Sc. (Queen's University, 1992)
Ph.D. (Queen's University, 1997)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (MIT, 1998-1999)
JSPS Visiting Professor (Tokyo Tech., 2006-2007)

FQRNT Strategic Professor (2000-2005)
The McGill Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)

Member: Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures
   McGill Institute for Advanced Materials
   McGill Centre for the Physics of Materials
   Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering.

Office: 419
Phone: (514)398-6919
Email: Christopher.Barrett@McGill.CA
Web Page:

Lab: Pulp and Paper 308/311
Lab Phone: (514)398-6916

Research Themes:

Research Description:
The goal of this research is to design, prepare, and characterize polymers containing novel functional groups, with which one can fashion thin film micro-optical or bio-active devices. Relating the properties and performance of these structures and simple devices to the structure of the polymer can afford insight into the molecular origins of the optical and mechanical behaviour of polymer surfaces, interfaces, and thin films. By examining these structure/property relationships, one can also tailor the polymers to optimize the performance of a given device, with the eventual goal of rational design.

This research program employs classical methods of polymer synthesis, characterization, and thin film fabrication, as well as more specialized techniques of laser optics and surface analysis. The aim is for students to emerge with a solid background in polymer and physical chemistry, and to gain exposure to interdisciplinary problem solving techniques which lie at the interface between Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Engineering. In all projects, an emphasis is placed on developing the ability to communicate research results effectively, through the preparation of conference presentations and journal articles.

Currently Teaching:
CHEM-122W General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM-204F Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 1
CHEM-574 Introductory Polymer Chemistry
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