Designing new polymer nanomaterials that could be used in a number of fields.
This research will help develop new polymer nanomaterials for applications in the chemical, biomedical and composite materials industries.
Combining Polymers with Nanotechnology
Nanomaterials may be tiny, but they are making huge changes in how we live and interact with the world around us. The substances are engineered on the scale of a billionth of a metre, or less than one 10-thousandth the width of a human hair.
Dr. Zhibin Ye, Canada Research Chair in Polymer Nanomaterials, is aiming to use developing technology to produce new polymer nanomaterials by combining polymers with emerging nanotechnology for new applications in the catalysis and composite materials fields. Polymers are a large class of compounds with a wide variety of properties that include both natural and synthetic materials.
Ye is seeking to build light but strong polymer nanocomposite materials that can be used in the design of energy-saving vehicles. He is also working to develop polymer nanoparticles that encapsulate precious metal catalysts. Doing so would make it easier to conveniently separate and recycle catalysts for various applications in the chemical industry.
Ye’s research in the extremely tiny world of nanomaterials could lead to a number of new applications in several industries.