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.




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Pelton is currently leading a major initiative in paper research named Sentinal. Click on the image below to learn more.

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