Synthetic and natural macromolecules
Biopolymers have very interesting properties that researchers are trying to learn from. Moreover, by combining different types of monomers, it is possible to obtain very different mechanical, structural and electronic properties from the starting molecules. Coming from natural and synthetic sources, these macromolecules are of great interest and are the subject of exhaustive research at the Centre.
This research axis includes the group of Prof. Denis Rodrigue whose laboratory specializes in the field of polymers, whether in terms of synthesis, implementation or mechanical properties.
This axis also involves Professor Véronic Landry, whose research focuses on the production of coatings for wood and on the introduction of cellulose in various nanocomposites in order to give these materials a more durable and “green” character. We also find in this area the team of Prof. Tatjana Stevanovic Janezic, who is interested in the processes of extracting lignin from wood and its use to develop new innovative materials.
Professor Mario Leclerc’s group, meanwhile, is focusing its work on new ways of synthesizing electroactive and photoactive polymers, in particular direct heteroarylation. This work is supported by the laboratory of Prof. Paul Johnson, thanks to a modeling approach to optimize the synthesis work. Several applications in organic electronics can be imagined, particularly in field effect transistors and solar cells, making these technologies more affordable and less damaging to the environment.