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New Frontiers Seminar Series (NFSS)

Location:  SW403


Please join us for the next New Frontiers Seminar Series talk which will be given by Dr. R. Bruce Lennox, Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Department of Chemistry, McGill University.

His talk is entitled “Molecular Self Assembly as an Entry to Functional Nanomaterials ”.

Dr. Lennox has been very active in the development of electrochemical biosensors, nanomaterials, and neurochemical measurements.  A common theme in his research is the use of fundamental studies in chemistry to broker applications and new tool development for use in biomedical applications.

Dr. Lennox is actively involved in teaching. He was awarded McGill’s Leo Yaffe Teaching Award and has created innovative courses in topics such as Advanced Materials and Nanoscience with colleagues in Physics.  He has also been active in academic administration, serving as Chair of the Dept. of Chemistry (2001-present), Director of the Quebec Centre for Self Assembled Chemical Structures (2005), and Director of the NSERC CREATE in Neuroengineering.  He has steered several multimillion grants to successful funding including ones in Green Chemistry ($20.8M; $2.85M) and Self Assembled Materials ($2.65M).  He recently oversaw the implementation of the renovation of McGill’s chemistry complex (ca. $39M).  He is  very actively involved in bringing Green Chemistry to the fore in Canadian academic circles, of bridging chemistry and neurosciences, and is keen on re-invigorating traditional academic-industrial links through his interests in nanoscience and Green Chemistry. He has served as Vice-President, President, and Past-President (2008-2011) for the Canadian Society for Chemistry and presently is Chair. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.).   

Abstract: Molecular self-assembly is widely used by Nature to produce informational and/or structural function via relatively simple building blocks. Nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins are obvious examples where the encoding of molecules is highly developed. We, and many other research groups, have looked at molecular self-assembly as a means of generating nanoscale structures such as thin films and wires using relatively simple chemical processes. This presentation will explore our use of lipid-like self-assembly to generate structures which either serve as functional nanomaterials or can serve as templates for the growth of nanomaterials.  Applications to biosensors and nerve repair will be presented.


Refreshments Provided.


The New Frontier Seminar Series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research and is hosted by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS). The series showcases cutting edge research from the University of Toronto Scarborough, while highlighting new discoveries from leading researchers in North America.

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