Alex Adronov


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NSERC green electronics network (GreEN)

2018/19-2019/20 • $1,933,750 • PI,CO
The field of Printable Electronics (PE) combines conventional printing methods with conducting,*semiconducting, and dielectric inks to economically produce electronic devices in a high throughput fashion. This unique synergy at the intersection between the printing and the electronics industries...

Nanostructured Macromolecules and Carbon-based Materials

2017/18-2019/20 • $270,000 • PI
This proposal aims to investigate the selective interactions between conjugated polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Currently, the enormous technological promise of SWNTs in numerous applications, ranging from flexible touch screens to sensors for traces of explosives or toxins,...

Nanostructured Macromolecules and Carbon-based Materials

2017/18-2019/20 • $120,000 • PI
This proposal aims to investigate the selective interactions between conjugated polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Currently, the enormous technological promise of SWNTs in numerous applications, ranging from flexible touch screens to sensors for traces of explosives or toxins,...

Rapid Delivery of Therapeutics Via Dissolution of Polymeric Films

2019/20 • $120,000 • PI,CO
Oral delivery of pharmaceuticals is the most common form of drug administration, and is dominated by the use of tablets and capsules of various forms. However, there are a number of problems associated with tablets that diminish the utility of this form of dose administration. For instance,...

Atomic Force Microscope

2018/19 • $150,000 • PI,CO
This application requests an atomic force microscope (AFM) that is capable of imaging nano-scale structures, such as polymer-functionalized carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, polymeric assemblies, and nano-structured surfaces. The requested instrument, a Bruker Multimode-8J equipped with a...

Thin-film Delivery of Oil-Based Therapeutics

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
This proposal aims to develop water-soluble polymer formulations that can be cast into thin polymer strips andcan contain pharmaceutical and nutraceutical agents in oil-form. This material will be developed into an oraldrug-delivery agent that can rapidly release the desired active ingredients...

Polymer Functionalization of Graphene-like Carbons

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
This project aims to expand the applicability of a new material, graphene-like Carbon (GLC), byfunctionalizing it with polymers. The GLC material was recently developed in the labs of 3M Canada, and is agenerally intert, yet conductive coating. 3M wishes to expand the scope of applicability of...

NSERC CREATE Integrated Design of Extracellular Matrices (IDEM)

2011/12-2016/17 • $1,285,000 • PI,CO
The NSERC CREATE program for Integrated Development of Extracellular Matrices (C-IDEM) is a new, multi-disciplinary training program focused on making cell-based therapies a reality. C-IDEM will develop a comprehensive research and training program to help graduate students and other researchers...

Selective dipersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes with conjugated polymers

2014/15-2016/17 • $364,362 • PI
Carbon nanotubes are a unique material composed entirely of carbon atoms bonded in a chicken-wire framework that is arranged in the shape of cylinders. In addition to their fascinating structural properties, they exhibit electrical conductivity properties that range from metallic to...

Well-defined Polymer Composites with Carbon-based Nanostructures

2012/13-2016/17 • $350,000 • PI
This project will build on the expertise of the Adronov Research Group in the polymer chemistry of carbon nanotubes to gain a fundamental understanding of polymer-nanotube interactions. Carbon nanotubes are the most widely investigated nano-scale materials in existence, and their market value is...

Thermogravimetric Analysis Instrument

2016/17 • $150,000 • PI,CO
This application requests a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) instrument that is capable of analyzing air sensitive samples, and can perform mass analysis on evolved gases to allow identification of decomposition products. The requested instrument, a TA Instruments Discovery TGA 550 with a...

NSERC CREATE Molecular Imaging Probes training program (CMIP)

2012/13-2015/16 • $1,200,000 • PI,CO
The impact that was felt by the recent shortage of medical isotopes highlighted the importance that molecular imaging and the associated probes has on the health of Canadians and on the economy of Canada. It also demonstrated that there is a need to train a new generation of scientists to...

Stretchable electronic devices fabricated using isobutylene-based materials

2013/14-2015/16 • $600,000 • PI,CO
Electronic devices of the future will be built on soft, polymeric materials, making them stretchable, twistable, and deformable. This stretchability enables applications impossible to achieve with current rigid materials, such as flexible lighting, displays, and solar cells; soft,...

qNano: High-Resolution Nanoparticle Size and Charge Characterization

2015/16 • $48,247 • PI,CO
<p>Nanotechnology has led to significant scientific and technological advancements, all driven by the unique properties of materials as their size is reduced to the nanoscale and their surface comprises a significantly higher fraction of the total mass of the material. In this context, having...

NSERC Photovoltaic innovation network

2010/11-2014/15 • $4,072,750 • PI,CO
The proposed NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network is comprised of 29 top scientists and engineers working in the field of advanced solar cell research, in 13 universities across Canada. The Network has strong support from partners in the private and public sector in Canada, who together aim to...

NSERC CREATE Training Program in Photovoltaics

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,350,000 • PI,CO
The NSERC CREATE Program in Photovoltaics will train Canada's next generation of engineers and scientists in the most advanced concepts for the conversion of sunlight to electricity. Working with renowned researchers at McMaster, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo students will...

Well-defined Polymer Composites with Carbon-based Nanostructures

2012/13-2014/15 • $120,000 • PI
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Amplifying fluorescent polymers for detection of narcotics

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
This project aims to develop a sensor based on amplifying fluorescent polymers (AFPs) for the detection of narcotics. Previously, AFPs have been investigated due to their extremely large response to fluorescence quenchers, which allows for sensors with very low limits of detection (LODs)....

Urgent photospectrometric infrastructure for the characterization of materials

2013/14 • $150,000 • PI,CO
The aim of this proposal is to acquire steady-state spectrophotometric and fluorescence spectrometers for the characterization of nanomaterials with capabilities in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared range. These two instruments will be used for materials characterization by researchers...

Energy Dispersive Spectrometer System for Ultrahigh Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope

2013/14 • $125,630 • PI,CO
We are requesting an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) detector system for our ultrahigh resolution scanning electron microscope (UHR-SEM) recently purchased by McMaster University. This analytical attachment is essential to enable the analysis of the chemical composition of samples...

633 nm Laser for Raman Instrument

2013/14 • $59,263 • PI,CO
Commercially produced carbon nanotubes are mixtures of multiple nanotube types, which range in conductivity properties from semiconducting to metallic. This mixture of nanotube types is detrimental to commercial applications, as devices require pure samples of either metallic or semiconducting...

Carbon nanotube dispersion in Setathane 1150

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
This project aims to investigate the necessary polymer properties that would allow for dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) within a castor-oil based polyol solvent, commercially sold as Setathane 1150. The use of this solvent is of interest to a customer of the company Inortech...

Interaction with Inortech Chemie Inc. to Develop Conductive Inks

2013/14 • $3,963 • PI
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Carbon Nanotube Functionalization

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
This project aims to investigate the properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) manufactured by Raymor Industries, Inc., in Boisbriand, Quebec. These SWNTs are produced by an induction thermal plasma process, which is different from what is used to produce most commercial SWNT types....

The CREATE Molecular Imaging Probes Program

2010/11-2011/12 • $450,000 • PI,CO
The impact that was felt by the recent shortage of medical isotopes highlighted the importance that molecular imaging and the associated probes has on the health of Canadians and on the economy of Canada. It also demonstrated that there is a need to train a new generation of scientists to...

Upgrade of energy-loss spectrometer for ultrahigh-resolution TEM

2011/12 • $150,000 • PI,CO
We are requesting an upgrade for the electron energy loss spectrometer installed on the ultrahigh-resolution transmission electron microscope at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy. This upgrade will make it possible to carry out key experiments that cannot be done at the present time:...

UV-Vis-NIR Absorption Spectrometer

2011/12 • $148,219 • PI,CO
Many nanoscale materials and macro-molecular assemblies, including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and conjugated polymers, exhibit photophysical properties that make them valuable for a variety of applications, such as in telecommunications, diagnostics, and sensors. The creation of substances...

Covalent and supramolecular polymer chemistry of carbon nanotubes

2010/11-2011/12 • $128,000 • PI
This project will involve the fundamental investigation of polymer chemistry on the surface of a new class of materials called carbon nanotubes. These new materials are entirely composed of carbon, exhibit extremely high mechanical strength (five times stronger than steel at a fraction of the...

Development of nanostructured photovoltaic devices

2010/11 • $141,850 • PI,CO
This proposal aims to develop a new class of photovoltaic devices (solar cells) that utilize advanced nano-scale materials for efficient charge generation and conduction. The main focus of the project is the preparation of carbon nanotube complexes with conjugated polymers that can be...

Nanowire photovoltaics

2010/11 • $78,856 • PI,CO
The Sun is the most abundant source of renewable energy, but the low efficiency and high cost of solar cells do not make them competitive with other energy technologies, particularly fossil fuels. This proposal will develop a disruptive technology, namely semiconductor nanowires, which are...

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