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Lee Wilson B.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Chemistry

Thorvaldson 156

Research Area(s)

  • Developing new highly porous materials for a variety of applications including the selective adsorption of contaminants from water
  • Investigation of the formation of sugar-like materials widely used in food and pharmaceuticals and their relations to other materials


Selected Publications

R. Guo, L. D. Wilson*  “Invited Review - Cyclodextrin-Based Microcapsule Materials - Preparation and Physiochemical Properties”  Current Organic Chemistry  2012, in press.

R. Guo, L. D. Wilson*  “Synthetically Engineered Chitosan-Based Materials and their Sorption Properties with Methylene Blue in Aqueous Solution”  J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.08.010, in press.

L. D. Wilson*;  R. Guo  “Preparation and Sorption Studies of Polyester Copolymers Containing β-Cyclodextrin”  J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.07.092,  in press.

C. Xue; L. D. Wilson*  Macromolecular Sorbent Materials for Urea Capture  J. Appl. Polym. Sci.  2012, DOI: 10.1002/app.38247, pp. 1-9.

M. H. Mohamed; L. D. Wilson*  Review Article - Porous Copolymer Resins: Tuning Pore Structure and Surface Area with Non Reactive Porogens  Nanomaterials 2012, 2(2), 163-186; doi:10.3390/nano2020163

L. Poon, L. D. Wilson, J. V. Headley  Preparation and Sorption Properties of Tunable Polyester Copolymers Containing ß-Cyclodextrin  J. Appl. Polym. Sci.  2012, DOI: 10.1002/app.38103, pp. 1-10.

R. Guo; L. D. Wilson *   Preparation and Sorption Studies of Microsphere Copolymers Containing β -Cyclodextrin and Poly(acrylic acid), J. Appl. Polym. Sci.  2012, 125, 1841–1854.

M. H. Mohamed; L. D. Wilson*; D. Y. Pratt; R. Guo; C. Wu;  J. V. Headley  Evaluation of the Accessible Inclusion Sites in Copolymer Materials containing β-Cyclodextrin,  Carbohydrate Polymers  2012,  87, 1241-1248.

L. D. Wilson*, M. H. Mohamed, C. Berhaut, “Sorption of Aromatic Compounds with Copolymer Sorbent Materials”  Materials Open Access Journal (MDPI.com) (Special Issue: Carbohydrate Polymers)  2011, 4, 1528-1542; doi:10.3390/ma4091528.

L. D. Wilson, M. H. Mohamed, J. V. Headley “Surface Area and Pore Structure Properties of -Cyclodextrin-Urethane Copolymer Materials” J. Colloid Interface Sci.  2011, 357, 215-222.

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson, J. V. Headley  " Design and Characterization of Novel -Cyclodextrin Based Copolymer Materials” Carbohydrate Research   2011, 346, 219-229..

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson, J. V. Headley  "Sorption of Phenolic Dyes and Naphthenates with -Cyclodextrin-based Polyurethanes” J. Colloid Interface Sci.   2010, 356,  217.

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson, J. V. Headley, K. M. Peru  "Sequestration of Naphthenic Acids from Aqueous Solution using β-Cyclodextrin-based Polyurethanes" Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2010, 12, 1-11.

J. H. Kwon, L. D. Wilson “Activated carbon surface-modified with β-cyclodextrin – Part I .  Synthesis and Characterization” J. Env. Sci. & Health Part A: 2010, 45(13), 1775-1792;  “Activated carbon surface-modified with β-cyclodextrin –  Part II.  Sorption properties” 2010, 45(13), 1793-1803.

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson, J. V. Headley  “Estimation of the Surface Accessible Inclusion Sites of β-Cyclodextrin Copolymer Materials Carbohydrate Polymers”  Carbohydrate Polymers. 2010, 80, 186-196.

D. Y. Pratt, L. D. Wilson, A. Morhart, J. A. Kozinski  2010 “Preparation and Sorption Studies of Carbohydrate Polymers”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 116, 2892-2989.

L. D. Wilson*; M. H. Mohamed; R. U. Guo; D. Y. Pratt; J. H. Kwon; and S. T. Mahmud   “Sorption of Agrochemical Model Compounds by Sorbent Materials Containing -Cyclodextrin” Journal of Agromedicine - practice, policy.  2010,15(2), 105-116. 

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson*, J. V. Headley, K. M. Peru “A Spectral Displacement Study of Cyclodextrin/Naphthenic Acids Inclusion Complexes”, Can. J. Chem. 2009, 10, 1747-1756.

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson*, J. V. Headley, K. M. Peru   “An Electrospray Mass Spectrometry Study of Cyclodextrin-Carboxylate Ions in Aqueous Solutions”  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry  2009, 23, 3703-3712.

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson*, J. V. Headley, K. M. Peru   “Novel Materials for Environmental Remediation of Tailing Pond Waters Containing Naphthenic Acids” IChemE:  Process Safety and Environmental Protection  2008, 86, 237-243. 

M. H. Mohamed, L. D. Wilson*, J. V. Headley, K. M. Peru  “Screening of oil sands naphthenic acids by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence emission spectroscopy for characterization of sorption isotherms to carbonaceous materials”,  Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A:  2008, 43, 1700-1705. 

V. Senanayake, B. H. Juurlink, C. Zhang, E. Zhan, L. D.  Wilson, J. H. Kwon, J. Yang, J. L. Lim, S. M. K. Brunet, G. Schatte, J. M. Maley, R. E. Hoffmeyer, R. Sammynaiken  “Do surface defects and modification determine the observed toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes?”  Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology. 2008, 4,  515-523.


Biomaterials Carbohydrates Chemical Separations Colloids & Surfactants Hydration Phenomena Hydrophobic Effect Macromolecules Materials & Environmental Science Materials, Surfaces and Nanostructures Membranes Molecular Recognition Physical Chemistry Polymers Porous Materials Self-Assembly Solution Chemistry Sorption Phenomena Water


Physical Chemistry, Water, Solution Chemistry, Hydration Phenomena, Macromolecules, Polymers, Biomaterials, Membranes, Porous Materials, Sorption Phenomena, Hydrophobic Effect, Carbohydrates, Self-Assembly, Colloids & Surfactants, Molecular Recognition, Materials & Environmental Science, and Chemical Separations.

Education & Training

BSc - University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, MB.)

PhD - University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK.)

NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Functional Materials Program)