Today, Professor John Corrigan begins his four-year term as the new Chair of Chemistry. Corrigan joins Waterloo from Western University. He is the 15th president of the department.
“John is an exceptional scholar and leader. He is a perfect fit for the position of chair of the chair of chemistry and he knows UW well, having obtained his doctorate with Arthur Carty in 1994”, Bob Lemieux, dean of science. “I’m really looking forward to welcoming John to our science leadership team. .”
His research interests lie at the frontiers between coordination chemistry, materials chemistry and nanoscience: his team targets atomically precise (nano)clusters through the design of molecules that are incorporated into higher-order architectures.
His research program focuses on the design of new reagents for the assembly of molecular species containing metals, which include nanoscale semiconductor architectures with specialized properties (functionalization).
Functionality is incorporated into (or onto) frameworks via a molecular precursor approach in which small molecules are designed, prepared, and integrated into higher-order structures via controlled assembly. The preparation of such well-defined elements (size, shape, and composition) results in molecular architectures with size-dependent properties and potential applications in fields encompassing energy (e.g. photovoltaics), medicine (e.g. example, biomarkers) and catalysis. Research in his lab works on a continuum from molecule to cluster to nanomaterial.
Corrigan has held several leadership positions during his career. He was the first director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research (CAMBR), which brings together more than 50 research groups to address major materials challenges. He was Associate Chair of Undergraduate Chemistry and Mentor for new faculty. In addition, he has served on numerous departmental and university committees.
He completed his B.Sc. studies in chemistry at the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo under the direction of Professor Arthur J. Carty. After an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship in Germany at the Universität Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) with Dieter Fenske, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Western.
“The makeup of my alma mater’s campus has changed significantly since I graduated. What hasn’t changed is the Department’s tradition of innovation and excellence in teaching and research. of chemistry,” Corrigan said. “It is with humility and excitement that I return to Waterloo as chair of this great department and look forward to working with all of the students, staff and faculty who make this a great place.”
Please welcome John to the University of Waterloo!