Adhesion improvement of external coating on borosilicate glass - ON-152

Preferred Disciplines: Inorganic Chemistry (Masters; PhD or Post-Doc)
Company: Anonymous
Project Length: 8-12 months (2 units)
Desired start date: September 10th, 2018
Location: Toronto (Downtown), ON
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Toronto academic preferred

About the Company: 

Our company minimize temperature variance of heat-sensitive medication during pharmaceutical cold chain transportation and storage. Our sophisticated and innovative ways to do that include an insulation film applied externally onto glassware such as bottles and vials.

Project Description:

The company uses insulation film coatings to protect sensitive substrates such as glassware. The company is currently seeking new ways to improve the packing uniformity and adhesion of an existing coating, which includes work in molecular and analytical chemistry. The Mitacs Candidate will be tasked to improve the coating either through fine-tuning the chemical composition or making adjustments to the existing method of raw material preparation/ coating production. The overall objectives of the project are to:

  1. Improve the adhesion and thus long-term stability of the coating, and quantify the improvement using analytical methods;
  2. Improve the packing uniformity of coating, which can be quantified through methods like DSC and SEM.

Research Objectives:

Improvement of packing uniformity of the coating overall (especially throughout the width/ thickness of it), and enhancement of adhesion between components of the coating.


After an initial understanding of the current coating contruct, method of production, and working principles, the interns should start by conducting literary and fundamental research. Enhancement of packing uniformity and adhesion between components of the coating should be done either (1) through the addition of linking agents or (2) modifications to the exisiting method of production. Therefore familiarity with techniques in synthetic chemistry is critical. Understanding of polymer chemistry or surface chemistry is an asset. Analytical methods such as NMR, MS, IR, DSC, and SEM may be used in the duration of the project.

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • MSc/ PhD/ PDF in inorganic chemistry or material science
    • Mastery of synthetic chemistry techniques in wet-lab setting
    • Understanding of polymer chemistry or surface chemistry, on practical or theoretical basis
    • Thorough understanding and familiarity with analytical methods such as NMR, MS, and DSC
    • Familiarity with analytical methods such as IR, HPLC, and SEM on at least the theoretical basis
    • Meticulous in accurate record keeping and data analyses
    • Experience writing academic manuscript an asset
    • Quick learner, able to self-start on tasks with minimal guidance
    • Responsible, able to actively contribute in biweekly or monthly research meetings with value
    • Team player, able to communicate in a succinct and clear fashion

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

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    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform.