Michael A. Brook

Mike Brook

Mike Brook is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University. He received a B.Sc. with Honours from the University of Toronto in 1978, and a Ph.D. from McGill University in 1983 where he worked in the group of Tak Hang (Bill) Chan, and then did a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich from 1984 to 1985 with Dieter Seebach.

Brook is an expert in silicon, silica and silicone chemistry. He wrote the solely authored book Silicon in Organic, Organometallic and Polymer Chemistry (Wiley) in 2000 and was Americas editor of Silicon Chemistry. His main interests revolve around the application of silicon chemistry to materials science, particularly in interfacial control for biomedical applications. Currently, his research has three main axes: incorporating natural products within silicones to make them more sustainable materials; exploiting catalyst free click chemistry reactions for silicone elastomers; and, using silicones to recycle used automobile rubbers so it can be repurposed. Green and sustainable chemistry is our current focus.

Brook has served on Expert Advisory Panels on Breast Implants for the Therapeutic Products Directorate of the Health Canada (the approximate equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration FDA in the United States) in 2002 and 2005. He was also an external expert reviewer for select screening level risk assessments for Environment Canada in 2010. Brook also consults extensively.

Honors and Awards

Prof. Brook has been recognized with honours and awards for both his research and teaching accomplishments.  Brook was made a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University in 2017, an honour given to no more that 2% of the faculty. He won the 2017 Macromolecular Engineering and Science Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada and was the Frederic Stanley Kipping Awardee for Organosilicon Chemistry, managed by the ACS, in 2016. He was nominated 7 times by the McMaster student union for a teaching award and won twice, and was winner of the President's Award for Instruction. He has been a visiting professor at Danish Technical University, Lyngby Denmark, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; Adelaide, Australia; Lyon, France; Bordeaux, France; Toulouse, France and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  He has been honoured to receive the following awards: the 2021 Ireland-Canada Beacon Fellowship with Colm O'Kane, CSIRO Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Melbourne Australia (2011); ETS Walton Visiting Research Professor (Science Foundation Ireland)(2007); Killam Fellowship (Canada Council of the Arts)(2003-2004); The Synergy Award, Conference Board of Canada, NSERC (with Mark R. McDermott and Connaught Laboratories, now Sanofi-aventis)(1996); Dutch National Science Foundation Foreign Researchers Award (NWO Bezoekersbeurs)(1992-93).

Brook's (Abridged) Curriculum Vitae

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Faculty

Email: mabrook at mcmaster.ca
Phone: +1 (905) 928-6361
Office: 459 Arthur Bourns Building (contact main office at room 156)

Mailing address:
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (ABB 156)
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton ON Canada L8S 4M1.