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Dr. John Ripmeester
Principal Research Officer, Materials Structure and Function
Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
National Research Council of Canada
100 Sussex Drive, Rm 111
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A OR6
Phone: (613) 993-2011
Fax: (613) 998-7833
E-mail: John.Ripmeester@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Date and Place of Birth
February 11, 1944, Voorburg, The Netherlands


1961 - 1965  B.Sc. (Hons.) University of British Columbia

1965 - 1970  Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) University of British Columbia
Supervisor: B. A. Dunell

1970 - 1972  Research Associate, School of  Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Supervisor: H. S. Gutowsky

1972 -1974   Post-doctorate Fellow, Division of Chemistry, National Research Council of Canada, Supervisor: D. W. Davidson    

Career Progression

National Research Council of Canada
Chemistry Division - Colloid and Clathrate Chemistry Section

         1974 - 1978 Assistant Research Officer

         1978 - 1982 Associate Research Officer

         1982 - 1990 Senior Research Officer

         1986 - 1990 Head of Section

National Research Council of Canada
Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC-SIMS)

1990 – 1997, Senior Research Officer

         1998 – present, Principal Research Officer

1997 – 2005, Program Leader, Functional Materials Program

         2005 – 2007, Group Leader, Materials Structure and Function Group

Other Positions Held
         1982 – 1983 Visiting Scientist, Chemistry Department, University of          British Columbia, Vancouver, BC       

         1988 – present, Adjunct Research Professor, Ottawa-Carleton          Chemistry Institute, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

         2000 – present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, Queen’s          University, Kingston, ON

         2006 – present, Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical and          Biological Engineering, University of BC, Vancouver, BC.

Research Interests

  • Chemical applications of NMR spectroscopy. 
  • Design and structural characterization of solid materials, especially clathrates, inclusion compounds, zeolites and other supramolecular solids, nanoporous materials.
  • Gas hydrate science and engineering.
  • Gas storage for environmental and energy applications.
  • Applications of hyperpolarized noble gases to NMR and MRI
~470 in refereed journals (see publication page)
Patents: 6

Inivited talks:  ~ 150 (see Speaking Engagements page)

Awards and Honours

  • Barringer Research Award in Spectroscopy, 1998
  • Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, 2000
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2003
  • Albert Einstein Medal. Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, US Branch, 2008


1997-99 ... NSERC/NRC/Industry Partnership – Hyperpolarized Noble Gases - $530K/3 yrs

1999-2002 ... NSERC Collaborative Health Research – Functional magnetic Resonance Imaging of Lungs using Hyperpolarized Noble gases. $96K/year,

1998-2000 ... Syncrude Canada – Catalyst characterization and improvement $50K/yr

1998-2000 ... Japan Petroleum Exploration Co – Gas Hydrate Formation in porous media - $240K/3 yr,

1998-99 ... Geological Survey of Canada - Characterization of Gas Hydrate from the Mallik Drilling Site – $65K

1998-2003 ... Institute of Applied Energy (Japan) – Spectroscopic characterization of methane and carbon dioxide hydrates, $25K/yr,.

2000-03 ... NSERC/NRC/Industry Partnership – Gas hydrate inhibition by protein antifreezes, $176K/ yr

2000 ... Shell International – Nucleation and hydrate phases in condensates, $45K

2002 ... CFI and matching funding – A National Ultrahigh NMR Centre for Solids, $11.8M

2002-04 ... NRC Major Initiatives Committee – NRC NMR Centre, $3M

2001-03 ... NRC – NSC (Taiwan)  - Nanostructure and chemistry in confined spaces $50K/yr,

2003-04 ... NRC-CNRS (France) – Solid lipid nanoparticles, $40K/yr,

2003 ... NRCan T&I Program, NMR Console upgrade for microimaging, $150K

2003-04 ... Japan National Oil Co., Visualizing hydrate formation in sediment by NMR microimaging $50K/yr.

2004-09 ... NSERC Discovery – NMR studies of supramolecular materials - $28K/year

2004-05 ... NRC Fuel Cells Program – H2 storage in Gas hydrates, $90K/yr

2004-08 ... NRCan Climate Change (CCTII) Program, Establishing a laboratory-based protocol for the analysis of natural hydrate samples, $250K (total)

2004-07 ... Japan Oil Gas Metals Energy National Company, Hydrate formation in porous media, $74K - $100K/year

2005-08 ... NRCan Climate Change (CCTII) Program, Upscaling laboratory hydrate decomposition to reservoirs, $120K/yr

2006-08 ... NRCan Climate Change Initiative (CCTII) Program, Gas hydrate technology for CO2 sequestration, $123K (2006) $63K (2007)

2007-09 ... Technova, Inc.  Hydrogen Storage in low density p-t-butylcalix[4]arene, $23, 960 (2007), $28,150 (2008)

2007-2010 ... NSERC Strategic,Green inhibitors" for gas hydrates, V. Walker, PI, 2 co-applicants, $120, 324/yr

2008 ... JOGMEC Investigation of gas hydrate formation in natural environments, $16,000. 

2008-13 ... NSERC Major Resources Support Program, National Ultrahigh field NMR Facility for Solids., D. Bryce, PI, 10 co-applicants, $88,600/yr

2008-13 ... NSERC Network – The Hydrogen Canada (H2CAN) Network.  R. Chahine, PI, 18 co-applicants., $1M/yr.  

2007-08 ... Shell Global Solutions, Investigations on “Green” Inhibitors, V. Walker, P. Englezos, J. Ripmeester, US$50,000. 

Professional and Scholarly Activities

i) Graduate supervisions:  

Masters, 7 plus 1 in progress; Doctors, 5 plus 1 in progress

ii) Editorial Activities

1988-90 ... Guest editor, Special Issue of Journal of Inclusion Phenomena

1988-2000 ... Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena

1991-present ... Member, Editorial Board, Supramolecular Chemistry

1992-96 ... Co-editor, Physical Methods, Volume 8 of Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry

1994-95 ... Guest editor, Special Issue of "Supramolecular Chemistry"

1997-98 ... Associate Editor, Proceedings of the 11th International Clay Conference

1999-2000 ... Co-Editor, Proceedings of the 3rd Int’l Gas Hydrate Conference

2001-present ... Member, Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry

2001-present ... Member, Editorial Board, J. Supramolecular Chemistry

2002-present ... Member, Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science

2002-03 ... Guest Editor, Special Issue of Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry

iii) Organizing Committees

1992-94 ... Chairman, Organizing Committee – 8th International Symposium on Molecular Recognition and Inclusion (held in 1994 )

1993-94 ... Co-organizer, Gas Research Institute Workshop on Natural Gas Hydrates, Ottawa

1993-97 ... Member, Organizing Committee - 11th International Clay Conference, Ottawa

1994-96 ... Member, International Advisory Committee, 9th International Symposium on Molecular Recognition and Inclusion ( held in 1996, Lyon, France )

1995-96 ... Member, International Advisory Committee - 5th International Summerschool on Supramolecular Chemistry (held in 1996, Poland )

1996-97 ... Coordinator, Canada - Japan Joint Science and Technology Workshop on Natural Gas Hydrates (March, 1997, Tsukuba, Japan)

1996-98 ... Member, International Advisory Committee, 10th International Symposium on   Molecular Recognition and Inclusion (held in Warsaw, June 1998)

1998-99 ... Member, Organizing Committee, 3d International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Salt Lake City

1999-2000 ... Member, Scientific Committee – Access to Nanoporous Materials 2, May   25 – 28, 2000, Banff

1999-2000 ... Member, International Advisory Committee, 11th International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Fukuoka, Japan, Aug. 2000,

1998-2000 ... Symposium Organizer, NMR symposium at PACRIM 2000, Honolulu

2000-02 ... Member, International Scientific Committee, 4th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Yokohama, May, 2002.

2000-02 ... Member, International Scientific Committee, 12th International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Eilath, 2002

2001-02 ... Member, Organizing Committee, Access to Nanoporous Materials 3,   Ottawa (2002)

2001-03 ... NMR Symposium Organizer, IUPAC – CSC joint meeting, 2003

2003-2004 ... Member International  Committee, 13th International Symposiium on Supramolecular Chemistry, South Bend, 2004

2005 ... International Committee, 5th International Conference on Gas Hydrates,  Trondheim

2005 ... Member, International Committee, Access to Nanoporous Materials IV, Niagara falls

2006 ... Member, International and local Committees, 14th International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry, Victoria

2005-08 ... Co-chair, 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Vancouver, 2008

2006-08 ... Member, Expert Panel on Gas Hydrates, Council of Canadian Academies, 2008

2008-09 ... Member, International Committee, International Seminar on Inclusion Compounds, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2009

2009-11 ... International Committee, 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Edinborough, 2011

iv) Granting Bodies

1995 ... Member, NSERC Collaborative Grants Panel    

1993-98 ... Member, NATO Special Programme Panel on Supramolecular Chem.

  • Member, US Department of Energy Panel on Carbon Sequestration

2003-08 ... Member, Expert Group, NRCan Climate Change Initiative, Unconventional Gas Supply

  •  Member NIH study group, medical imaging

v) Other

2001-08 ... Member, CODATA Task Group on “Data on Natural Gas Hydrates”

2001-05 ... Member, CSC Medal Committee

2002-03 ... Member J. C. Polanyi Medal committee

2002-present ... Steering Committee, National Ultrahigh-field NMR Facility for Solids

2004-06 ...  International Consultant, The Guangzhou Center for Gas Hydrate, The Chinese Academy of Science. 

vi) International Lectureships and Fellowships

1991-95 ... Lecturer, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th International Summer School on Supramolecular Chemistry                

1995-96 ... Lecturer, NATO Advanced Study Institutes on Supramolecular Crystallography (Italy, 1995) and Crystal Engineering (Digby, NS. 1996)

1995-97 ... Lecturer, NATO Advanced Research Workshops on Crystals as Supermolecules (1995, Italy), Large Supramolecular Assemblies (1997, Greece)

2000 ... Albright and Wilson Visiting Fellow, University of Warwick, Coventry

2001 ... Visiting Scientist, Hokkaido National Industrial Research Institute

vii) Academic consultations

Thesis External Examinations: University of Guelph, University of B.C. (4)., Dalhousie University, Queens University, University of Ottawa, MacMaster University, University of Illinois (Chicago), Simon Fraser University, University of Delft, University of Alberta

Expert consultant for promotion cases: University of Minnesota; University of Innsbruck; Austria; Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.; University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (2); Queens University, Kingston.; Purdue University, Lamont-Doherty Lab, Columbia University, University of Windsor, University of Cape Town

viii) Refereeing and reviewing

Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem, Chem. Eur. J., J. Phys. Chem., Chem. Commun., Chem. Mater., J. Chem. Phys., Langmuir, Inorg. Chem., Canad. J. Chem., Cryst. Growth Des., Chem. Phys. Lett., CHEMPHYSCHEM, Phys. Rev.,  J. Incl. Phenom., Supramol. Chem., Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., Carbon, J. Magn. Reson., AIChE J., Can. J. Chem. Eng., Ind. Eng. Chem., J. Phys. Chem. Solids, J. Chem. Soc. Perkin. , Geophys. Lett., Geoderma, Env. Sci. Techn, Physica, J. Mol. Str., Chem. Eng. Sci.  

Granting Agencies
NSERC, NSF(US), DOE(US), ESPRC(UK), NATO, granting councils in Australia and Hong Kong, Swiss National Science Foundation, Research Corporation of America, Petroleum Research Fund

ix) Citations

American Men and Women of Science; Who’s Who in Canada