Research & Innovation

Margaret Carter


Teacher of Adults Certificate, Lambton College
M.E.Sc. Materials Engineering, University of Western Ontario
B.Sc. Chemistry Honours Co-operative, University of Waterloo

Research Expertise

  • Microscopy

Bio & Academic Background

Margaret Curtin Carter has been a professor since 1999 having taught in areas including physics, math and general and analytical chemistry. She is the past Coordinator of the Chemical Production and Power Engineering Technology program and now teaches within the Chemical Lab Technology program. Margaret is also a Senior Scientist with the research group.

Prior to working at the College, Margaret worked in a variety of industries - always in research - from aircraft and tank engine gaskets to laundry products and asphalt hydrocracking. While working for Fiberglas Canada (later Owens-Corning Canada) she was a principle investigator for a Canadian Space Agency contract where she performed experiments during zero gravity while in parabolic flight at NASA to elucidate bubble formation mechanisms. Other areas of activity included performance of insulation, material weathering and aging, interfacial mechanisms in fiberglass reinforced plastics, performance of asphalt based building products and foam formation.

Margaret was the analytical lab supervisor at Owens-Corning and has extensive experience with a broad array of analytical equipment and plastics formulation and analysis. Her projects tend to involve complex separations and identification of chemical components or engineering improvements to plastics through formulation.

While working in research at the College, Margaret has worked on a number of varied projects such as; recycled plastic sign formulations, pedal powered laundry machine performance evaluation, isolation of DNA Ministring through large scale chromatography, continuous flow water purification systems evaluation and others. Her current projects include brewery quality control and testing, fire rated plastics formulations, colour patch indicators that warn of sun exposure, and biomaterial extractions (building to cannabis when the lab is licensed) of terpene and other active ingredient.

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