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Theo van de Ven


Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Chemistry,
Chair of FIBRE, Forest Innovation by Research and Education
Scientific Director, NSERC Green Fibre Network,
Director, FQRNT Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS),
NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair,

Contact Information

Office: Pulp & Paper 111
Phone: (514)398-6177
Email: Theo.Vandeven [at] McGill.CA
Lab: Pulp & Paper 005
Lab Phone: (514)398-2872
Web Page:

Research Themes

  • Materials Chemistry 
  • Synthesis/Catalysis

Research Description

Fundamentals of colloid and interface science and their relations to papermaking chemistry. Examples are: hydrodynamic and colloidal interactions in dispersions and emulsions, optical properties of suspensions, adsorption of polymers and polyelectrolytes on colloidal particles and pulp fibres, particle deposition and removal from solid surfaces, fines and filler retention in papermaking, wetting of solids by liquids, and stability of foams. Of special interest are nanotubes made of alternating copolymers and nanorods made from such nanotubes. Further interests are in biological systems with applications to biotechnology. Examples are cell adhesion and coagulation, liposome suspensions and the flow of blood. Presently we are involved in setting up a research network on Bioactive Paper, in which paper-pathogen interactions will be studied.

Currently Teaching

CHEM 233 Topics in Physical Chemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 585 Colloid Chemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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