Ken Maly obtained his PhD in chemistry from Queen's University under the direction of Professor Bob Lemieux in 2002. Following an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellowship with Professor James Wuest at the Université de Montréal, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University as an assistant professor in 2006. His research is in the area of new organic materials. Specifically, his research focuses on the synthesis of novel aromatic compounds that self-assemble via specific interactions to form i) new liquid crystalline materials designed to exhibit charge transport properties, and ii) porous crystalline solids with potential applications in catalysis or gas storage.
Research in the Maly lab focuses on the synthesis of organic compounds that are designed to self-assemble in predictable ways to produce functional materials. Specifically, we are interested in developing methods for the synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are expected to exhibit columnar liquid crystal phases, as well as the synthesis of novel porous organic networks from small molecule building blocks. We make use of a number of experimental methods, from techniques in synthetic organic chemistry and spectroscopic characterization to materials characterization such as polarized optical microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry.
Please contact me about undergraduate and graduate research opportunities in the areas of organic synthesis and materials chemistry.
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