Michael Serpe, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
Associate Dean, Graduate, Faculty of Science - Deans Office


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

Associate Dean, Graduate, Faculty of Science - Deans Office



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.


    CHEM 300 - Introduction to Industrial Chemistry

    A credit/no-credit course that introduces students to the practices, environment, concepts, and other issues associated with the industrial workplace. Course includes lectures by professionals from the local chemical industry, industrial tours, and professional skills development such as resume writing and interviewing. Normally taken after completion of a minimum of 60 but not more than 90 units of course weight in a program in the Department of Chemistry. The course is offered for Chemistry Honors and Specialization students, and for General Science students with consent. Prerequisite: GPA of 2.3 or higher and consent of Department.

    CHEM 623 - Special Topics in Advanced Analytical Chemistry

    Course may be repeated for credit, provided there is no duplication of specific topic.

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    Featured Publications

    Zhang, Q.M.; Xu, W.; Serpe, M.J.

    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 53

    Islam, M.R.; Li, X.; Smyth, K.; Serpe, M.J.

    Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 52

    Islam, M.R.; Lu, Z.; Li, X.; Sarker, A.K.; Hu, L.; Choi, P.; Li, X.; Hakobyan, N.; Serpe, M.J.

    Analytica Chimica Acta. 789

    Parasuraman, D.; Serpe, M.J.

    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 3

    Sorrell, C.D.; Carter, M.C.D.; Serpe, M.J.

    Advanced Functional Materials. 21