A cutting-edge researcher at Brandon University is collaborating with Japanese scientists to develop new materials that could revolutionize the electronics industry.
Chemistry Prof. Martin Lemaire spent much of August in Japan on a prestigious fellowship lecture tour sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
A BU alumnus, Lemaire — who is the Canada research chair in molecular spintronic materials and one of only a half- dozen scientists in Canada working in this emerging field — was selected by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
“The Japanese have significant expertise in molecular spintronic materials,” he said. “I will now be joining forces with two groups of Japanese experts, with the goal of joint research.
“In addition to incredible expertise, the Japanese have access to specialized equipment. Together, we can achieve a lot more than working independently.”
Lemaire is hoping to create new magnetic materials that could be used to make better computers, medical diagnostic equipment and other nano-technologies.
In Japan, he toured research facilities and lectured at five Japanese universities: Osaka University, Institute for Solid State Physics at the University of Tokyo, Osaka City University, Kyoto University and Kobe University.
“Martin’s work is not only ground-breaking, but border-breaking,” BU president Deborah Poff said. “Our university is proud to support his work. His successful research could change the world we know.”