Research in the Gilroy Group

Gilroy Group Research

Research in the Gilroy group focuses on the design and synthesis of inorganic and polymeric materials with interesting charge transport, magnetic, redox, and photovoltaic properties.  We wish to exploit the properties and self-organization behavior of the materials we synthesize in a variety of applications including those based on nano-, bio-, and alternative energy technologies. Members of the Gilroy group will work in a highly multidisciplinary environment.  The ability to synthesize (and characterize) a wide range of molecular and macromolecular materials, including air- and moisture-sensitive examples, will be complemented by exposure to high-tech materials characterization techniques.  Examples of such methodologies include: electrochemistry, magnetochemistry, electron and atomic force microscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and X-ray scattering techniques.  For more details concerning ongoing projects, please see below or contact Dr. Gilroy.
2)  The coordination chemistry (main group and transition metal) of p-conjugated ligands including formazanates. This project is focused on the synthesis of a wide range of structurally diverse ligands and complexes with tunable electronic, optical, and redox properties and the incorporation of the resulting coordination complexes into novel functional polymer architectures.
1)  Main-chain and side-chain metal-containing polymers based on transition metal coordination complexes, and the exploitation of their redox, optical, and ceramic-forming properties in a variety of materials applications (e.g., as nanoparticle precursors and self-assembled materials).

Current Projects

3)  Synthesis and charactertization of stable radical polymers based on verdazyl and nitronyl nitroxide radicals and their applications (e.g., as semiconducting materials, electrode materials, etc.).

Collaborative Research

The Gilroy group thrives in interdisciplinary research environments and is actively engaged in several collaborative projects ranging from the development of highly metallized phosphonium polyelectrolytes to the fabrication of inverted bulk heterojunction solar cells and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Please contact Dr. Gilroy if you are interested in establishing a new collaboration. Current collaborators include:
- ARLANXEO Canada (London, ON)
- 3M Canada (London, ON)
- Firestone Textiles Company (Woodstock, ON)
- Prof. Adam Dyker (Department of Chemistry, New Brunswick)
- Prof. Giovanni Fanchini (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western) 
- Prof. Silvia Mittler (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Western)        
- Prof. Paul Ragogna (Department of Chemistry, Western)
- Prof. Viktor Staroverov (Department of Chemistry, Western)
- Prof. Mark Workentin (Department of Chemistry, Western)
- Prof. Zhifeng Ding (Department of Chemistry, Western)
- Porf. Len Luyt (Department of Chemistry, Western)