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Rabin Bissessur

My research work is focussed on the synthesis and characterization of novel nanocomposite materials achieved via the technique of intercalation chemistry. I am particularly interested in inserting solid polymer electrolytes such as poly(phosphazene) and poly(ethylene oxide) derivatives in layered structures such as graphite oxide, molybdenum disulfide and titanium disulfide. The resulting nanomaterials could potentially be used as solid electrolytes in lithium rechargeable batteries. These novel materials are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and conductivity measurements. The polymers that I am are currently working on, are not commercially available and have to be synthesized in our laboratory. Characterization of the polymers are performed by NMR (proton and phosphorous), FTIR spectroscopy and viscometry measurements.

Degrees: 
  • B.Sc. Hons., University of Manitoba, 1984
  • M.S., University of Rochester, 1989
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1994
Position: 
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Chemistry
Faculty: 
Science
Phone: 
(902) 566-0510
Research Interests: 
  • Synthesis of inorganic/organic nanocomposite materials
  • Conductive polymers
  • Polymer liquid crystalline materials
Current Collaborators (non-UPEI): 
  • Ralf Brüning, Physics Dept., Mount Allison University