Prof. K. Preuss’s group (University of Guelph, Canada)

Kathryn Preuss

Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph
    50 Stone Road East,
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada


Our team is collaborating with the group of Kathryn Preuss since 2006. Our collaboration has been reinforced in 2008 by Nigel Hearns a former PhD student of Kathryn who joined the M3 team for one year as a postdoc funded by a NSERC (PDF) award.

A few words about Preuss’s work: “Molecular materials” are crystalline, amorphous or liquid crystalline materials composed of arrays of molecules, as opposed to solid state materials in which no identifiable molecular components exist (e.g., ionic solids such as NaCl.) The bulk material properties arise from the molecular design, thus molecule-based materials are highly “tunable” using well-understood synthetic chemical methodology. Designing materials at a molecular level not only imparts a huge amount of control on a bulk property but also allows for the incorporation of multiple potentially desirable properties. Imagine, for example, a paint or coating that can store digital data. Molecular magnets, molecular conductors, single molecule magnets (SMMs), organic light emitting diodes (oLEDs) and molecular switches are examples of molecular materials.
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