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Dr. Michael Serpe

Associate Scientific Director
Theme Lead for Integrated Water Management

Michael J. Serpe received his B.S. at the University of Central Florida in 2000. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, working in the group of Professor Andrew Lyon. There he developed novel polymeric materials for applications in drug delivery, microoptic arrays, and photonics.

After conducting research in industry, Dr. Serpe joined the group of Professor Stephen Craig at Duke University in 2006. There he used single-molecule force spectroscopy to investigate reversible polymer bridging between surfaces. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in 2009 and was awarded early tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.

The Serpe Group is studying various aspects of colloid, polymer and surface science, with special interests in developing novel photonic materials from responsive polymers, water remediation, controlled drug delivery and polymer mediated surface-surface interactions. Prof. Serpe has been named a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Star in Global Health, received the 2013 Petro Canada Young Innovator Award, and has been named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine for 2013-2014.