The aim of the research carried out at the Laboratory of Physical-Chemistry of Matter (LPCM) is to better grasp the link between the molecular and the macroscopic by combining simulation, experiment and theory. In particular, we are interested in the phase transitions within soft matter such as polymers, liquid crystals, or organic glasses. It is thanks to the consultation within this triumvirate at each temporo-spatial level that it is possible to account for the microscopic phenomena giving rise to a macroscopic property, and therefore to the appearance of the phase transition. The ultimate goal, when the molecular phenomena are better understood, is to propose new materials with improved properties.
Design new materials with improved structural, dynamical and functional properties.
Glass Transition of polymers and organic glasses, melting, smectic A – smectic C, spinodal, lower critical solution temperature (LCST).
Arborescent and Auxetic Polymers
New classes of polymer molecules with high potential for future generations.
Liquid Crystal Polymers
Pushing the boundaries to enhance high-quality displays and optics.
Boldly applying nanoscale theoretical models to further improve discoveries in biophysics.
LPCM in detail
In our laboratory, not only our students have access to one of the biggest supercomputer in North America, but also to a wide community of involved people all around.
The Mammoth supercomputer image by Alain Veilleux
LPCM offers a proven training ground for getting published in respectful journals while the students are working on their masters or PhD.
With a professor active on the teaching bench as well as on the international scientific talks scene, students are encouraged to learn and go beyond their limits.
Because we are not all work! Extra-curriculum activities be it playing a relaxed softball game, cheering our local Vert et Or football team or simply relaxing among colleagues, we bring fun to our reality.
Interesting content, based on recent findings and work done at LPCM.
Always keen to the needs of the audience, assiduous and respectful.
The 16th pacific polymer conference, Polymer Physics: Structure, Properties, and Processing, Singapore (Asia), December 8-12 (2019). Invited conference, symposium 2.
Molecular Simulation : A New Way to Probe Phase Transitions in Soft Matter. Séminaire SIMM, Paris (France), October 18 (2019). Invited conference.
Soldera. A Chemical Perspective of the Glass Transition thanks to MD. Congrès des Chimistes Théoriciens d’Expression Latine (CHITEL), Montreal (Quebec), August 25-30 (2019).
Soldera. Glass Transition in Polymers According to a Chemical Vision. Intern. Congress on Advanced Materials Sciences and Engineering, Theme: Redefining the Future of Advanced Materials, Osaka (Japan), July 22-24 (2019).
Soldera. A Chemist View of the Glass Transition in Polymers. 10th Intern. Conf. on Materials for Advanced Technologies, MRS-Singapore, Singapore (Singapore), June 23-28 (2019).
Soldera, A Chemist View of the Glass Transition in Polymers, 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference – Symposium in Honor of Robert Prud’homme, Québec (Canada), June 3-7 (2019).
Soldera. Multi-Scale Simulation: Emergence or Reductionism. CERMM, Concordia University, Montréal, March 15 (2019)
Multi-Scale Simulation: Emergence or Reductionism. Invitation by Center for Research in Molecular Modeling, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. 2019. Invited conference.
Soldera, In Silico Approach for the Design of Advanced Materials, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi (India), December 17th 2018.
Soldera, Glass transition in Polymers from A Molecular Dynamics Viewpoint, SPSI-Macro 2018, Pune (India), December 2018.
Soldera, Can We Design Auxetic Molecules?, Auxetics 2018, Sheffield (UK), September 2018.
Soldera, Can We Design Auxetic Materials?, Int. Conf. on Energy, Materials and Photonics (EMP18), Montreal, July 2018.
Soldera, N. Anousheh. Impact of Regioisomerism Defects in the Thermal Stability of Crystal Structure of PVDF, Fluoropolymer 2018, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, Denver (CO, USA), June 2018.
Soldera, Multi-scale approach for the design of polymers. 3rd Science and Engineering of Polymeric Materials, Sousse, Tunisie, 2018. Multi-scale approach for the design of polymers. 3rd Science and Engineering of Polymeric
Materials, Sousse, Tunisie. 2018. Invited conference.
I am very happy to have had the chance to work at Armand’s laboratory (LPCM). During my PhD, I learnt a lot from his patience, motivation and his immense knowledge. His advice helped me all along my research and, most importantly, taught me to become autonomous in scientific research.
As an undergraduate intern, working with Armand on carmine was my best time at the University. I learned a ton about computational chemistry and I also pushed my boundaries to further advance my knowledge in programming. Armand offers a distinguished guidance and motivates us for the challenges ahead.