Professor Françoise M. Winnik

Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada.
Editor-in-chief, Langmuir (a publication of the American Chemical Society)
Principal Investigator, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics National (MANA) Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
Finnish Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro), Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.


Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Medical Genetics (Prof. J. Carver),University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
PhD in Organic Synthesis and Photochemistry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (P. Yates).
M.Sc. in Organic Synthesis, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (P. Yates).
Diplôme d’Ingénieur Chimiste, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, Mulhouse, France.


Françoise Winnik was born and educated in France where she earned a Diplome d’Ingénieur chimiste of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse. She obtained her PhD in organic chemistry and photochemistry. After post-doctoral studies in medical genetics, she worked for 12 years as a research scientist in the Xerox Research Center of Canada. She joined McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) in 1993 as an Associate Professor in Chemistry and Physics. Since 2000, she holds a joint position as professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemistry of the Université de Montréal. Her expertise encompasses the chemistry of water soluble, amphiphilc, synthetic and natural polymers, their self-assembly in water and their applications in nanomedicine and as delivery vehicles. She was among the first to study the physico-chemical properties of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) “PNIPAM” in water. Her group has pioneered the applications of microcalorimetry, such as Pressure perturbation calorimetry (PPC) and fluorescence techniques to study aqueous polymer solutions. As a tribute to her contributions to Chemistry, she was awarded the 2006 Clara Benson award of the Canadian Institute of Canada. She is Executive Editor of Langmuir, the ACS journal of surface and colloid science.

Employment History

2011-… Principal Investigator, Satellite Laboratory in Montreal
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectronics, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
2000 -… Professor
Faculté de Pharmacie and Département de Chimie Université de Montréal
1993 – 2000 Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry McMaster University, Hamilton, ONT
1981 – 1993 Research Scientist
Xerox Research Centre of Canada Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Visiting scientist of the following institutions

2011 (Feb – Mar), Global CEO Visiting Professor
Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan.
2010 (Feb – Jul), Long-term Fellow
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Biomaterials Institue, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.
2010 Jan, Visiting Professor
Universite d’Evry, Evry, France.
2009 (Feb – Mar), Visiting Professor
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
2008 (Jan – Jul), Global CEO Visiting Professor
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagatsuta, Yokohama, Japan.
2007 (Feb – Mar), Visiting Professor
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
2006 (Feb – Mar), Visiting Professor
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
2004 (Jan – May), Visiting Professor
Tokyo Dental and Medicinal University, Tokyo, Japan.
2002 (Mar – Apr), Visiting Professor
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
2001, Visiting Professor
University of Tokyo, Hongo, Tokyo Japan.
1993 – 1994, Visiting Scientist
Frontier Research Program (Dr. W. Knoll), Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Saitama, Japan.
1991 (Jan – May), Visiting Scientist
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan.
1985 – 1986, Visiting Scientist
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagatsuda, Yokohama, Japan.