Michael Serpe, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Chemistry


Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
(780) 492-5778
W3-68A Chemistry Centre - West
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2

Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Chemistry



The Serpe Group primarily works with polymer-based materials to solve problems associated with health and the environment. To make progress in these areas, we conduct research that will better our understanding of the fundamental properties of our polymer-based materials, and polymeric materials in general.

The different projects in the group allow the researcher to develop and characterize polymeric materials, use them for a variety of applications, and design/build novel analytical tools for further characterization. Researchers in the lab will be exposed to a comprehensive suite of polymer, surface, and colloid characterization techniques such as (but not limited to): gel permeation chromatography, dynamic and static light scattering, quartz crystal microbalance, ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, optical and fluorescence microscopy, atomic force microscopy for imaging and force spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible light reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared reflectance spectroscopy, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy. All characterization tools are readily available to the researcher directly in the lab or on campus. 

Each project offers postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students alike plenty of room to make individual contributions leading to new research directions. The projects are also multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations within the department as well as in various departments across campus. These collaborations will give the researcher a variety of perspectives and expose them to other areas of science leading to a well-rounded knowledge and appreciation of a variety of disciplines. 

Please see the group webpage for more information on the individual projects. Also, please feel free to contact me for more information on any of the projects or to inquire about positions available in the lab.


    Optical Devices Constructed from Multiresponsive Microgels
    Author(s): Zhang, Q.M.; Xu, W.; Serpe, M.J.
    Publication: Angewandte Chemie International Edition
    Volume: 53
    Page Numbers: 4827-4831
    External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201402641/abstract
    Polymer-Based Muscle Expansion and Contraction
    Author(s): Islam, M.R.; Li, X.; Smyth, K.; Serpe, M.J.
    Publication: Angewandte Chemie International Edition
    Volume: 52
    Page Numbers: 10330-10333
    External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201303475/abstract
    Responsive Polymers for Analytical Applications: A Review
    Author(s): Islam, M.R.; Lu, Z.; Li, X.; Sarker, A.K.; Hu, L.; Choi, P.; Li, X.; Hakobyan, N.; Serpe, M.J.
    Publication: Analytica Chimica Acta
    Volume: 789
    Page Numbers: 17-32
    External Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003267013006582
    Poly (N-Isopropylacrylamide) Microgels for Organic Dye Removal from Water
    Author(s): Parasuraman, D.; Serpe, M.J.
    Publication: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
    Volume: 3
    Page Numbers: 2732-2737
    External Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/am201132x
    Color Tunable Poly (N-Isopropylacrylamide)-co- Acrylic Acid Microgel/Au Hybrid Assemblies
    Author(s): Sorrell, C.D.; Carter, M.C.D.; Serpe, M.J.
    Publication: Advanced Functional Materials
    Volume: 21
    Page Numbers: 425-433
    External Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201001714/abstract