McMaster Research

  • Dr. Hoare named Canada Research Chair in Engineered Smart Materials (February 2016) (link) (link)

  • Dr. Hoare named the inaugural winner of the Canadian Biomaterials Society Early Career Investigator Award (October 2015) (link)

  • Spencer Imbrogno wins the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition at the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Annual Meeting (October 2015) (link)

  • Dr. Hoare named among first class of McMaster University Scholars (April 2015) (link) (link with video interview)

  • Targeted cancer nanoparticle research highlighted in fundraising campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society (April 2014)

  • Yang, X.; Bakaic, E.; Hoare, T.; Cranston, E.D.  “Injectable Polysaccharide Hydrogels Reinforced with Cellulose Nanocrystals: Morphology, Rheology, Degradation, and Cytotoxicity”.  Biomacromolecules, 2013, 14, 4447-4455. >> Work highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News, 2014, 92, 9-12 (link)

  • Smeets, N.M.B.; Hoare, T.  “Designing Responsive Microgels for Drug Delivery Applications” http://enligneviag....  Journal of Polymer Science A, 2013, 51, 3027-3043. >> Featured on inside cover of journal (link)

  • Hoare, T.; Young, S.; Lawlor, M.W.; Kohane, D.S.  “Thermoresponsive Nanogels for Prolonged Duration Local Anesthesia”.  Acta Biomaterialia, 2012, 8, 3596-3605. >> Highlighted as an Editor’s Selection (free download), January 2013

  • Patenaude, M.; Hoare, T.  “Injectable, Mixed Natural-Synthetic Polymer Hydrogels with Modular Properties”.  Biomacromolecules, 2012, 13, 369-378. >> Highlighted as one of the top 10 most downloaded articles in Biomacromolecules (top 5 original research articles) in the first quarter of 2012

  • Dr. Hoare wins the 2011 Polanyi Prize in Chemistry >> Article from the Hamilton Spectator: McMaster Professor's Polanyi Prize Inspires Excellence

  • Lab research on injectable hydrogels highlighted in “Making it all gel”, Canadian Chemical News, February 2011, p. 16-18 (link)

  • Media Commentary: “Plant protein regulates diabetes treatment” Chemistry World, August, 2013 (link)

MIT Research

Educational Media


Please find below videos we are producing based on our research that highlight some of the fundamentals of smart materials.  This project is just beginning, please check back for more videos and demonstrations in the future.


Microgel Volume Phase Transitions

This video shows the deswelling of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgels assembled via microfluidics as a function of temperature, with data collected via the use of a hot stage microscope.  You can see the discontinuity of the phase transition, with the majority of deswelling occurring over a very narrow (~5 degree Celsius) temperature range.