Kevin De France

Assistant Professor

Tel: 613-533-6000 x 74108
Fax: (613) 533-6637
Office: BioSciences Rm 1443


Our research program explores the design of sustainable bio-based materials and their application in fields spanning the biomedical, coatings & packaging, and environmental sectors. Specifically, we focus on cellulose- and protein-based nanomaterial ‘building blocks’ such as cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), cellulose nanofibers (CNFs), and protein amyloid fibers and their use in the fabrication of structures including hydrogels, aerogels, emulsions, and films. We aim to understand and leverage structure-function relationships within our nanomaterial building blocks to precisely tailor material performance for targeted applications. The work in our lab is interdisciplinary, spanning materials chemistry, engineering, and biotechnology, with the end goal of replacing petroleum-based products with high-performance renewable materials for a greener future.