Joseph Bedard is tackling the issue of plastic production’s dependence on petrochemicals by developing polymers using nitrogen and phosphorus, abundant elements separate from fossil fuels. This innovative approach creates greener, functional materials, paving the way for a fossil fuel-free future in plastics manufacturing.
Joseph Bedard is a fourth-year PhD candidate in chemistry in the Chitnis Lab at Dalhousie University. His PhD research includes work on preparing stable, shape-retentive materials and plastics from nitrogen. He completed his MSc in Molecular Science at Toronto Metropolitan University, where his research included work on 3-D printed antimicrobial plastics. In his spare time, he likes hiking and camping in Atlantic Canada, and pretending he knows how to play chess.