Robert Pelton (Ph.D. 1977, Bristol University UK, Colloid Chemistry) holds a Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies. His 200+
peer reviewed publications include often cited works with PNIPAM
(N-isopropylacrylamide) temperature sensitive microgels which Pelton
invented in 1978 (published in 1986, ref 19 in publication list).
Since then, the McMaster group has established itself as one of the
world's most prolific academic group involved in designing new polymers
which improve the strength and function of paper-based materials.
More recently, we are focusing on inducing bio-functionality into
paper-based materials. Many of our projects have been partially funded by international companies including BASF, Nalco, 3M, Specialty Minerals, Hercules, Nippon Paper,
Domtar, SCA, CVRD-INCO and Alcon Laboratories.Our current
research areas include microgels, colloids, adhesion science, assembly
at interfaces, polymer synthesis, and flocculation with increasing
emphasis on mixtures of synthetic polymers and biomacromolecules.