Michael Cunningham is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Chemistry.
He obtained his PhD at the University of Waterloo, and then spent six years in the Corporate Research Group at Xerox before accepting a faculty position at Queen’s. His research program focusses on the development of novel polymer nanoparticles, CO 2 -switchable materials, and sustainably-sourced polymeric materials including hybrids of synthetic and renewable polymers. He is Chair of the International Polymer Colloids Group and recipient of several research awards including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada Brockhouse Prize, Canadian Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award, Syncrude Canada Innovation Award, and the Professional Engineer’s Ontario Research and Development Medal. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada, and is the President of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering.