Bruce Lennox

Bruce LennoxProfessor
Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry

B.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1979)
M.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1981)
Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 1985)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Imperial College, 1985-87)
Director, NSERC CREATE in Neuroengineering (2011-17)
President, McGill Association of University Teachers (2014-15)
Chair, Chemical Institute of Canada (2014-15)
President, Canadian Society for Chemistry (2009-10)
Fellow, Chemical Institute of Canada (2013)
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2012)
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) (2010)
Leo Yaffe  Award for Excellence in Teaching, McGill (1996)
Member, FQRNT Centre for Self Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS)
Member, McGill Center of Physics of Materials/RQMP

Contact Information

Office: Pulp & Paper 103
Phone: (514)398-8034
Email: Bruce.Lennox [at]
Lab: Pulp & Paper 201-215
Lab Phone: (514)398-6187 or (514)398-4460

Research Themes

  • Materials Chemistry 
  • Synthesis/Catalysis

Research Description

Research in this laboratory is oriented around structure/property relationships of classes of molecules which form interfaces and nanomaterials. This takes us into molecular design and synthesis (of novel surfactants and lipids), kinetics studies (enzymology), surface chemical techniques (Langmuir films, electrochemistry, scanning probe microscopy), spectroscopy (NMR, IR) and polymer chemistry. In addition to the research that is performed directly in our labs, we also work with researchers in Physiology, Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Neurosciences on collaborative projects. Some examples of ongoing projects in this laboratory include:

  • The synthesis of stabilized gold nanoparticles
  • The application of these nanoparticles in drug delivery, biorecognition schemes, and as tracers in materials diffusion problems
  • The synthesis and assessment (using electron microscopy and 2H NMR) of novel two-headed lipids
  • The preparation and application of novel lipids and polymers as two-dimensional lithography masks
  • The development of ion channel-based electrochemical biosensors
  • The development of cantilever-based sensors
  • The use of surfaces, and surface features, as templates for chemical reactions

Students undertaking any of these projects will gain experience in physical organic principles, spectroscopic methods, electron microscopy, electrochemical techniques, and surface chemistry. Recent graduates and PDFs are currently in academic positions (U. de Montréal, Guelph, Saskatchewan, Concordia, Rutgers, Waterloo, Laurentian, Dalhousie), government research labs (NRC), and industry (Charles River, StemCell), and postdoctoral research positions.

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