Presentation: Competitive self-assembly of block copolymers to form patchy core-crystalline micelles and block comicelles
Mitch Winnik is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, specializing in fundamental and applied aspects of polymer science. His research group provided new scientific knowledge that helped the coatings industry develop the environmentally friendly paints that are now sold commercially. In parallel, he collaborated with Ian Manners to pioneer the study of crystallization-driven self-assembly of block copolymer micelles in solution. This work has led to more than 150 co-authored papers focusing on the formation of one- and two dimensional nanostructures by block copolymers driven by the crystallization of the core-forming block. In 2005, he joined a team of scientists who were developing mass cytometry for rapid multiparameter cell-by-cell analysis of biomarker expression. He and his students created polymer reagents for this technique.
He is an ISI “Most cited author” in chemistry, with 730+ publications and 20,000+ citations. His contributions have been recognized by an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (Germany), the 2013 national award in Applied Polymer Science of the American Chemical Society, the 2004 CIC Medal, and the 2011 LeSueur Memorial Award, Society of the Chemical Industry, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1998 he was named University Professor, the University of Toronto’s highest recognition for scholarly achievement.