My first contact with the laboratory was during an internship in 2013. At this time, I began to work in simulating amorphous polymer systems. When I was seeking for a graduate pathway, after getting my BSc in chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke, LPCM’s atmosphere and philosophy were important factors in my choice. My master’s thesis is about “Dynamics of water states in perfluorinated polymers”. My constant hard work during my first and second cycle studies allowed me to be earned the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship. My current research interest are in the simulation of amorphous polymers, biologic and nanometric systems.
In co-direction with Patrick Ayotte, professor in the chemistry department, my research project concerns the conversion of nuclear spin isomers of water when it is confined to rare gas matrices. This type of system is of interest to the community astrophysics since it reproduces the conditions of temperature and concentrations found in the interstellar medium. The project is split into two main parts. The first is the study, by atomistic simulation, of the effects of confinement on the dynamics of molecule. The second part concerns a quantum chemistry model, previously validated using simulations, to better understand the possible mechanisms ofconversion of spin isomers of water.
Anupam Glorious Lobo
I was introduced to Material Science during my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, following which I specialized in Polymer Science and Engineering. I pursued my Masters’s Thesis at the Universite de Bretagne Sud (UBS) France followed by an internship at LPCM, Universite de Sherbrooke (UdeS). At present I am in a co-guided thesis with UBS and LPCM, studying the glass transition behavior of polymeric thin films using experiments and simulations. My research interests include Polymer Synthesis and Characterization, Finite Element Analysis, Nanotechnology, Polymer thin films, Molecular Docking, Computational Material Science: Molecular dynamics of polymers at bulk and confined interfaces.
Etienne Beaumont is a master’s student at the LPCM. His research topics include, among others, the study of the glass transition of polymers at the molecular level by atomic simulation. Holder of a University of Sherbrooke bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the cooperative regime, during his academic career, he completed several internships which led him to work on various projects, ranging from the study of the kinetics of drying porous media to improve electroplating processes for microfabrication.
Holder of a double engineer / master’s degree (Higher Institute of Mechanics and Advanced Materials of Le Mans / UdeS nanomaterials mastery). I worked on the effect of confinement on the glass transition temperature during a practical internship at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). I also went through 3IT.nano to work on the nanoporosification of Germanium. I then went to research in a subject whose theoretical aspect had fascinated me during my works in Poland.
Dr. Sadollah Ebrahimi
Sadollah Ebrahimi is a visiting researcher in the LPCM. He has a PhD from Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences in computational physics, specifically nano-matrials science. His research focuses on the mechanical properties of nano-materials, bio-materials adsorption, desalination across the 2D nano-membranes, tribological behaviour of interfaces, and thermophysical properties of ionic fluids, by using atomistic, and multi-scale simulations. He is particularly interested in understanding the atomic, and molecular interactions of novel materials to improve their mechanical properties. Recently his work is focused on the liquid crystalline polymers (LCP) in molecular level to investigate the auxeticity potential of these materials.
René Alaverez Donado
My current research interests are in computational soft condensed matter physics. Particularly, I am interested in topics such phase transitions, kinetic properties of glasses, molecular dynamics, energy landscapes, free energy calculation, organic glasses, entropy contributions in bulk metallic alloys. During my master’s and PhD (which is still in progress), I had the opportunity to work with more than one of these topics. Currently, I am working simultaneously on two projects, one on how to relate the configurational entropy with the glass forming ability and the other on the extension of the chemical interpretation of the glass transition in inorganic glasses.
Currently in engineering school in Chemistry-Process Engineering at CPE Lyon, I was able to study different aspects of chemistry that fascinate me. I want to specialize in particular in green chemistry and/or physical chemistry. I was able to create my experiences through several internships and projects including a study project of computational DFT and disturbance effects carried out at the Institute of Analytical Sciences of Lyon as well as an internship in treatment and study of macroalgae washed up on the Normandy coast in France in a start-up. I am currently on an internship at the Laboratory of Molecular Physico-Chemistry of the University of Sherbrooke. In this laboratory, my work is oriented towards the study and atomistic simulation of new polymers of auxetic nature.
Currently an undergraduate student in chemistry, I had the chance to develop during my studies a taste for statistical mechanics and computer science. My work focuses on the mésoscopique study of the isotropic to smectic A transition for the cooling of a liquid crystal polymer parametrized by a gay-berne/lennard-jones hybrid force-field.