Infrared Microscopy Characterization Tools for Soft Matter Materials

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Type de subvention: Outils et instruments de recherche - catégorie 1 (<150 000$)
  • Année: 2011/12
  • Financement total: $150,000
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Fundamental understanding of the molecular architecture for new advanced soft matter materials, such as biomaterials, cellulosic materials or synthetic polymers requires microscale characterization techniques. Without this knowledge the often elusive relationship between material structure, manufacturing operations, and end properties cannot hope to be determined. These materials are important building components of current and future technological advancements (such as drugs with higher medicinal activity and lower cost drugs, contact lens with prolonged usage or medical therapy benefits, indicating paper which can detect biological contamination of water or food, etc.) in Canada, and for McMaster they represent a core of its strategic research plan. The researchers included in this request are noted experts in their respective fields, exploring new ophthalmic materials, controlled release and enteric drugs, nanostructured polymer coatings, polymer membranes, biologically active paper, and new bioplastic resins, which are but a few exciting advancements taking place in their groups. The equipment requested is an infrared spectroscopic suite with spectrometer and microscope that offers basic level microstructural details of our material but also provides state-of-the-art mapping capability allowing new information on spatial dispersion of chemical groups to be gained, which is used for discoveries related to mixing and surface modification. There is no existing equipment on campus that provides the mapping capabilities desperately sought by the co-applicants on this application. Access to this important analysis tool will help train HQP in appropriate characterization methods, aid their identification of new materials, and provide them with the skills to use this tool for their future careers in Canada's biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing sectors. Delays in acquiring this tool will hurt the relevance of our research compared to international groups, many of whom already have such resources at their disposal.