Team of Canadian and Italian researchers breaking new ground in materials science

May 20, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

A team of researchers from Canada and Italy recently published a paper in Nature Materials journal that could usher in a revolutionary development in materials science, leading to big changes in the way companies create modern electronics.

The goal was to develop two-dimensional materials, which are a single atomic layer thick, with added functionality to extend the revolutionary developments in materials science that started with the discovery of graphene in 2004.

In total, 19 authors worked on this paper from INRS, McGill, Lakehead, and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the national research council in Italy.

“This work represents an exciting development in the realization of functional two-dimensional materials beyond graphene,” said Dr. Mark Gallagher, a Physics professor at Lakehead University.

“I found it particularly rewarding to participate in this collaboration, which allowed us to combine our expertise in organic chemistry, condensed matter physics, and materials science to achieve our goals.”

Dr. Dmytro Perepichka, a professor and chair of Chemistry at McGill University, said they have been working on this research for a long time.

“Structurally reconfigurable two-dimensional conjugated polymers can give a new breadth to applications of two-dimensional materials in electronics,” Dr. Perepichka said.

“We started dreaming of them more than 15 years ago. It’s only through this four-way collaboration, across the country and between the continents, that this dream has become the reality.”

Dr. Federico Rosei, a professor at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Varennes who holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Materials since 2016, said they are excited about the results of this collaboration.

“These results provide new insights into mechanisms of surface reactions at a fundamental level and simultaneously yield a novel material with outstanding properties, whose existence had only been predicted theoretically until now,” he said.

This work opens exciting new directions, both theoretical and experimental. The integration of this system into a device (e.g. transistors) may lead to outstanding performances. In addition, these results will foster more studies on a wide range of two-dimensional conjugated polymers with different lattice symmetries, thereby gaining further insights into the structure vs. properties of these systems.

The Italian/Canadian team demonstrated the synthesis of large-scale two-dimensional conjugated polymers, also thoroughly characterizing their electronic properties. They achieved success by combining the complementary expertise of organic chemists and surface scientists.

This research was partially supported by a project Grande Rilevanza Italy-Quebec of the Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (MAECI), Direzione Generale per la Promozione del Sistema Paese, individual NSERC Discovery Grants (M.G., D.F.P. and F.R.), an FRQNT Team Grant (D.F.P. and F.R.) and by the US Army Research Office Single Investigator Grant (D.F.P.). Dr. Rosei is also grateful to the Canada Research Chairs program for funding and partial salary support.

To read the article visit this page: www.nature.com/articles/s41563-020-0682-z.

 

 

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

For interviews with Dmytro Perepichka, please contact Justin Dupuis, Media Relations Office, McGill University, 514-298-8202, justin.dupuis@mcgill.ca.

For more information or interviews with Federico Rosei, please contact Audrey-Maude Vézina, Communications, INRS, 418-254-2156 (cell), audrey-maude.vezina@inrs.ca.

 

About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top ranked medical doctoral university. McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning two campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 40,000 students, including more than 10,200 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,800 international students making up 31% of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 19% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

About the INRS
The Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) is the only institution in Québec dedicated exclusively to graduate level university research and training. The impacts of its faculty and students are felt around the world. INRS proudly contributes to societal progress in partnership with industry and community stakeholders, both through its discoveries and by training new researchers and technicians to deliver scientific, social, and technological breakthroughs in the future.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University in Top 100 of Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

We're proud to be at the top of the Times Higher Education Impact Ranks. This image is a statement about that

April 24, 2020 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Lakehead University has placed 98th in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings of 766 universities from 85 countries around the world. The rankings are based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and more than 220 measurements.

Lakehead is the only primarily undergraduate university in Canada that participated in the 2020 Impact Rankings. The University joined a select group of universities from around the world in the top 100, ranking ahead of several top comprehensive and research-intensive Canadian universities.

Lakehead received an overall score of 83.6 out of 100. The University scored highly in many of the SDGs, including top 20 in SDG 2: Zero Hunger, top 30 in SDG 1: No Poverty, top 30 in SDG 14: Life Below Water, top 60 in SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, top 60 in SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and top 70 in SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals.

Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said she was both excited and proud that Lakehead was ranked so highly.

“Two of Lakehead University’s Strategic Plan’s five pillars are social responsibility and local and global partnerships,” Dr. McPherson explained. “To be ranked in the top 100, and top 50 on a number of goals out of 766 universities from around the world, recognizes the significant work our Lakehead community is doing to achieve our sustainability objectives. It also supports our commitment to Lakehead University’s Sustainability Action Plan.”

Dr. David Barnett, Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic), agreed.

“This ranking reminds us of Lakehead University’s longstanding commitment to Indigenous learners and communities, and to being a leader in sustainability and social justice,” Dr. Barnett said. “Our University community has really come together to make these SDGs a priority and this is an achievement that our students, staff, faculty and alumni should be proud of.”

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings capture each university’s impact on society based on efforts to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and align with commitments in Lakehead’s Strategic and Academic Plans.

A set of performance metrics was developed and published at the Times Higher Education Innovation and Impact Summit held at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea in 2019. These metrics were refined in 2020 and expanded to include all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The rankings explore the progress that a university can make specifically by examining themes of sustainability and complement the Times Higher Education World University Rankings announced annually in the fall.

In 2019 Lakehead University was included in the top half of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ranking Lakehead in the 601-800 category out of nearly 1,400 universities from 92 countries.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings judges research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer).

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. In 2019, Maclean’s 2020 University Rankings, once again, included Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, while Research Infosource named Lakehead 'Research University of the Year' in its category for the fifth consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Drop In (Virtually) to the Library's Spring / Summer Research Workshops!

Are you enrolled in spring / summer classes, and need an introduction, or a refresher, on how to find books, articles and other resources for your assignments?

If so, please join us on Thursday May 21, at 3:00 p.m. for a tour of the Lakehead Library website and an overview of the research tools available to you during your studies at Lakehead.

Look for announcements about subsequent workshops coming soon!

Register in advance for the May 21 workshop at https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMude6vpz8vGdFI2FP9uTXGrKk_m....

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Contact Chris Tomasini at ctomasin@lakeheadu.ca if you have any questions.

The Lakehead University Department of Health Sciences Presents the Covid-19 Conversation Series via Zoom

Join the Lakehead University Department of Health Sciences’ Covid-19 Conversations.

This summer conversation series will provide a forum to share our collective knowledge, experiences and reflections about research, teaching and practice surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Each conversation will begin with short presentations followed by an interactive discussion on responses, big picture thinking and social determinants of health related to a timely and relevant topic.

To participate, advance registration is required for each event separately by clicking on the link indicated below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Friday, May 29, 10:00-11:00 am -- COVID-19 Impacts on Students: Courses, Research and Practicums
Presenters: Lynn Martin, Helle Møller, Karen Throupe, Rebecca Schiff
Register in advance by clicking here: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvfu6vpj4qGd0KbSG4kdKPSqvRv...

Friday, June 19, 10:00-11:00 am -- COVID-19 Impacts on Vulnerable Populations
Presenters: Lynn Martin, Elaine Wiersma, Rebecca Schiff
Register in advance by clicking here: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdemppzwuHdz1d0O_nBFnstcnS...

Friday, July 24, 10:00-11:00 am -- COVID-19 Impacts on Social and Ecological Health
Presenters: Lindsay Galway, Charles Levkoe, Helle Møller
Register in advance by clicking here: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdO2oqT8rHteJ1VC2X7UHlCJDv...

Friday, August 21, 10:00-11:00 am -- COVID-19 Impacts on Work and Health Care Institutions
Presenters: Joshua Armstrong, Vicki Kristman, Anna Koné Péfoyo, Peter Brink
Register in advance by clicking here: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvc-iuqzwqGdRvp4Kbk8vQmgiIm...

Mitacs Research Training Awards - Summer 2020

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Lakehead is collaborating with Mitacs to offer a new program for research internships to take place this summer.

The purpose of the program is to give Lakehead students the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience and learn new skills under the supervision of a Lakehead faculty member. Students propose research projects of 12-16 weeks in length; projects can begin as soon as approval is received from Mitacs, but must begin no later than August 31, 2020.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate and graduate students (including international students) are eligible, as long as they are currently registered (previous winter semester for undergrads, and spring/summer for grad students) and intend to return in the fall. Recent graduates who are committed to beginning a graduate program at Lakehead in the fall are also eligible. Students need to find a Lakehead faculty member who is willing to supervise the project.

Details of eligibility, program requirements and application information are available at: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/research-and-innovation/research-services/fundi...

Faculty of Education May 2020 Newsletter Published

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The Faculty of Education's May 2020 Education Exchange newsletter is now published. This issue features stories about the Faculty's graduate conference, programs, new appointments, awards, and other news.

Click here to read the latest edition.

Students create cards for seniors

photo of Kaitlyn accepting cards at Glacier Ridge.

Kaitlyn Hynnes, Lifestyle and Programs Manager at Glacier Ridge, accepted the cards in April.

By Brandon Walker

Lakehead University International (LUI) collected more than 70 greeting cards from students, staff, and faculty for seniors at Glacier Ridge.

The cards were emailed to Lakehead International from the end of March until April 19. An LUI staff member brought them to Glacier Ridge on Wednesday, April 22.

“We understand that most of our seniors in these homes are unable to have family and friends visit during this time,” said Sara Melvin, International Student Services Coordinator.

“Having to isolate with minimal contact from anyone can be very lonely. They know they are vulnerable and that must be incredibly scary.”

International students created many of the cards, Melvin said.

The project was coordinated by a Lakehead student employee, International assistant Lahama Naeem.

“Our students have so much respect for elders and felt that by providing these caring cards they were able to extend small gestures of kindness to brighten their day and bring a smile to many seniors’ faces,” Melvin said.

Precautions were taken to make sure the cards were safe to be delivered to Glacier Ridge.

“This was a big consideration for us as we did not want to do a kind gesture that would put any seniors at risk,” Melvin said.

“So, I placed the cards in a folder, which sat for two days before delivery, and I also disinfected the folder before giving it to Kaitlyn at Glacier Ridge,” Melvin said.

“Additionally, Kaitlyn planned to let the folder sit for several days before handing them out. She confirmed this was a safe process and they had no concerns.”

Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor, also created a card for the seniors.

If any retirement homes would like to participate, please contact Melvin at sscoordinator.intl@lakeheadu.ca.

Press play to watch the video created by LUI and several international students.

Congratulations to Dr. Mushquash for being named a 2020 Champion of Mental Health

The Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health named Dr. Christopher Mushquash a Champion of Mental Health for the Innovation – Researcher or Clinician category.
 
Dr. Mushquash is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University and the Division of Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the Director of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Lakehead University.
 
He is a registered clinical psychologist providing assessment, intervention and consultation services for First Nations children, adolescents and adults at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.
 
Dr. Mushquash is Ojibway and a member of Pays Plat First Nation. He is a generous volunteer, frequently meeting with First Nations communities, organizations and students to discuss mental health and addiction.
 
Through his work, he champions culturally and contextually appropriate mental health and addiction services for First Nations peoples, and for individuals living in rural and northern communities.

May is Leave a Legacy Month in Canada

Approximately 50% of Canadians don't have a will. Preparing a will protects you, your assets and your family. A gift in your will to Lakehead University can turn a student into a teacher, an engineer, a nurse or wherever their dreams may lead them. Need more information? Contact Lee-Anne Camlin at 807-346-7792 or rlcamlin@lakeheadu.ca. All inquiries remain confidential with no obligation.  

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