Rabin Bissessur

BSc, MSc, PhD
Chair, Professor
Phone: 
(902) 566-0510
Department: 
Chemistry
Office: 
Irving Chemistry Centre, 205
Education: 
BSc (Hons) (Manitoba)
MSc (Rochester)
PhD (Michigan State)

Dr. Bissessur’s research includes the development of nanocomposites for use in lithium rechargeable batteries like those found in cell phones. He also studies the use of specific types of nanocomposites to help remove sulfur from petroleum products which would lead to lower processing costs and reduce sulfur oxide emissions into the environment.

Research Interests

Nanocomposite Materials and Polymer Chemistry

Postdoctoral Positions 

1997-1998 Laval University
1994-1996 Northwestern University

Professional Awards

2012 Presidential Recognition Award of Merit for Teaching, Research, and Service
2011 Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement at UPEI
2011 UPEI Student Union Faculty of the Year Award in Recognition for Excellence in Teaching
2007 UPEI Hessian Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching
2003 UPEI Annual Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement
2003 IUPAC International Conference Travel Award

Refereed

Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers amd Materials, 2017, DOI 10.1007/s10904-017-0582-0. Nanocomposites derived from molybdenum disulfide and an organoiron dendrimer. M. J. Dunlop, C. Agatemor, A.S. Abd-El-Aziz and R. Bissessur. (Invited Contribution).

Macromolecular Bioscience, 2017, DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201700020. Quaternized and thiazole_functionalized free radical_generating organometallic dendrimers as antimicrobial platform against multidrug_resistant microorganisms. A.S. Abd_El_Aziz, C. Agatemor, N. Etkin, R. Bissessur, D. Overy, M. Lanteigne, K. McQuillan, R. G. Kerr.

Journal of Materials Chemistry C.  2017, 5, 2268-2281. Tunable room_temperature soft ferromagnetism in magnetoceramics of organometallic dendrimers.  A. S. Abd_El_Aziz, C. Agatemor, N. Etkin and R. Bissessur.

Intercalation of C60-fullerol into graphite oxide. R. Arsenault and R. Bissessur, In Functionalized Nanoparticles and Their Applications, M. A. Farrukh (Ed.). Publisher: InTech, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter).    

Intercalation of poly[bis-(methoxyethoxyethoxyphosphazene)] into vanadium pentoxide xerogel. E. Monyoncho, R. Bissessur, D.C Dahn, and V. Trenton, In Advances in Chemistry Research, Vol. 33,  J.C. Taylor (Ed.). Publisher: Nova Science, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter).

Intercalation of poly[bis-(methoxyethoxyethoxyphosphazene)] into lithium hectorite. I. Saada, R. Bissessur, D. C. Dahn, and M. Hughes, In Conductive Polymers, F. Yilmaz (Ed.). Publisher: InTech, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter).

Exfoliated Nanocomposites Based on Polyaniline and Tungsten Disulfide. B.C.S. Lane, R. Bissessur, A.S. Abd -El-Aziz, W. H. Alsaedi, D. C. Dahn, E. McDermott and A. Martin, In Conductive Polymers, F. Yilmaz (Ed.). Publisher: InTech, 2016. (Invited Book chapter).

Intercalation of poly[oligo(ethylene glycol)-oxalate] into Vanadium Pentoxide Xerogel: Preparation, Characterization and Conductivity Properties. E.A. Monyoncho, R. Bissessur, D. C. Dahn and V. Trenton, In Alkali Ion Batteries, D. Yang (Ed.). Publisher: InTech, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter).

Exfoliated Polypyrrole-MoS2 Nanocomposites: Preparation and Characterization. J. Hong, R. Bissessur, D. C. Dahn, In Molybdenum Disulfide: Synthesis, Properties and Industrial Applications, J. McBride (Ed.)  Publisher: Nova Science, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter)

Intercalation of poly[oligo(ethylene glycol)-oxalate] into Lithium Hectorite. I. Saada, R. Bissessur, D.C. Dahn, M. Hughes, V. Trenton, In Industrial Applications for Intelligent Polymers and Coatings. M. Hosseini and A.S.H Makhlouf (Eds.). Publisher: Springer, Cham, 2016. (Invited Book Chapter).

ChemistrySelect, 2016, 1, 5025-5033. Antimicrobial and antitumor screening of fluorescent 5,7-dihydroxy-4-propyl-2H-chromen-2-one derivatives with docking studies. A. Abd-El-Aziz, A. Alsaggaf, R. Okasha, H. Ahmad, R. Bissessur, A. Abdelghani and T. Afifi.

Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2015, 25, 447- 456. Intercalation of poly[oxymethylene-(oxyethylene)] into lithium hectorite. I. Saada , R. Bissessur, D. Dahn, M. Hughes and V. Trenton (Invited Contribution).

Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2015, 226, 369-379. Towards a new family of bifunctional organoiron dendrimers: Facile synthesis, redox and photophysical Fingerprints. A. S. Abd-El-Aziz, C. Agatemor, N. Etkin and R. Bissessur.

Polymer Preprints: American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry, 2014, 55(2). Exfoliated polyaniline-WS2 nanocomposites.  B.C.S. Lane, W. H. Alsaedi, I. Kucukkaya, D. C.  Dahn, R. Bissessur and A.S. Abd-El-Aziz.

Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers amd Materials, 2014, 24, 219-225. Nanomaterials based on polyanilines and MoSe2. H. Hao, R. Bissessur and D.C. Dahn (Invited Contribution).

Intercalation of solid polymer electrolytes into molybdenum diselenide. H. Xu, R. Bissessur, D.C. Dahn, In Molybdenum, Molybdenum compounds: Chemical and electrochemical properties, geological implications and industrial applications, V.S. Saji and S.I. Lopatin (Eds.). Publisher: Nova Science, 2014. (Invited Book Chapter).

Materials Research Bulletin, 2013, 48, 2678-2686. Unique properties of "-NaFeO2: De-intercalation of sodium via hydrolysis and the intercalation of guest molecules into the extract solution. E. Monyoncho and R. Bissessur.

Novel nanocomposites: Intercalation of ionically conductive polymers into molybdic acid. R. Bissessur,  B. Hopkins, and D. C. Dahn, In Encapsulation Nanotechnologies, V.  Mittal (Ed.) Publishers: Scrivener and Wiley, 2013. (Invited BooK Chapter).

Journal of Materials Science, 2012, 47, 5861-5866. Nanocomposite materials based on chitosan and molybdenum disulfide. I. Saada and R. Bissessur.

Solid State Ionics, 2012, 227, 1-9. A bilayer insertion of poly(oxymethylene_oxyethylene) into vanadium pentoxide xerogel: preparation, characterization and insertion mechanism. E. Monyoncho, R. Bissessur, V. Trenton and D. C. Dahn.

European Polymer Journal, 2012, 48, 1525-1537. Synthesis and characterization of poly(ethylene glycol amine) electrolytes and nanocomposites based on graphite. D. J. Cameron, R. Bissessur and D. C. Dahn.

New polymer-MoO3 nanocomposites. R. Bissessur and S. R. Molla, In Recent Research Developments in Materials Science, Vol. 9,  S. Pandalai (Ed.). Publisher: Research Signpost, 2012. (Invited Book Chapter).

Polymer Nanocomposite Materials Based on Carbon Nanotubes. A. J. Proud, R. Bissessur and D. C. Dahn, In Nanocomposites and Polymers with Analytical Methods, J. Cuppoletti (Ed.). Publisher: InTech, 2011. (Invited Book Chapter).

Inorganic-based nanocomposites of conductive polymers. R. Bissessur, In Nanostructured Conductive Polymers, A. Eftekhari (Ed.). Publisher: John Wiley, 2010. (Invited Book Chapter).

Solid State Ionics2010, 181, 933-938.  In situ polymerization/intercalation of substituted anilines into iron (III) oxychloride. S. F. Scully, R. Bissessur, D. C. Dahn and G. Xie

Applied Clay Science2010, 47, 444-447.  Encapsulation of polymer electrolytes into hectorite. S. F. Scully and R. Bissessur

Materials Chemistry and Physics2010, 122, 563-566. Inclusion of a cobalt tetraazamacrocycle into layered molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur, R. I. Haines, D. Gallant, R. Brüning.

A. Eftekhari (Ed.) Publisher: John Wiley, 2010. (Invited Book Chapter). Inorganic-based nanocomposites of conductive polymers, In Nanostructured Conductive Polymers, R. Bissessur.

Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2009, 117, 335-337.  Nanomaterials based on molybdenum diselenide. R. Bissessur and H. Xu.

Solid State Ionics2009, 180, 216-221.  Inclusion of poly[bis(methoxyethoxyethoxy)phosphazene] into layered graphite oxide. S. F. Scully and R. Bissessur, K. W. MacLean and D. C. Dahn.

Synthetic Metals2009, 159, 637-641.  An intercalated polyaniline-titanate nanomaterial. S. F. Scully and R. Bissessur.

Thermochimica Acta2009, 490, 32-36.  Decomposition kinetics of nylon-6/graphite and nylon-6/graphite oxide composites. K. Scully and R. Bissessur.

Composites Science and Technology, 2008, 68, 617-624. Synthesis and characterization of novel (amide-imide)-silica composites.  K. Babooram, B. Francis, R. Bissessur, and R. Narain.

Materials Letters, 2008, 62, 1638-1641. Exfoliation and reconstruction of SnS2 layers: A synthetic route for the preparation polymer-SnS2 nanomaterials. R. Bissessur and D. F. Schipper.

Polymer Preprints: American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry, 2007, 48(1),  296-297.   In-situ formation of (amide-imide)-silica composites by K. Babooram, B. Francis, R. Bissessur and R. Narain. the sol-gel process. 

Polymer Preprints: American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry, 2007,  48(1),  331-332.  B. Francis, K. Babooram, R. Bissessur, R. Subramanian and R. Narain.  Synthesis and characterization of random copolyimides.    

Solid State Ionics, 2007, 178, 877-882.  Intercalation of solid polymer electrolytes into graphite oxide.  R. Bissessur and S. F. Scully.

Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2007, 106, 256-259.  Synthesis and characterization of halo-substituted polyanilines/VOPO4nanocomposites.  R. Bissessur and J. MacDonald. 

Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 5364-5370.  Zinc coordination of carboxylate surfactomesogens to poly(4-vinylpyridine).  M. Benouazzane, E. Bravo-Grimaldo, R. Bissessur and C. G. Bazuin.

Synthetic Metals, 2006, 156, 1023-1027.  Intercalation of polypyrrole into graphite oxide.  
R. Bissessur, P. K. Y. Liu and S. F. Scully.

Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2006, 99, 214-219.  Novel alkyl substituted polyanilines/molybdenum disulfide nanocomposites.  R. Bissessur and W. White.

Solid State Sciences, 2006, 8, 531-536.  Novel alkyl substituted polyanilines/VOPO4 nanocomposites.  R. Bissessur and J. MacDonald. 

Langmuir, 2006, 22, 1729-1734.  Encapsulation of polyanilines into graphite oxide.  
R. Bissessur, P. K. Y. Liu, W. White and S. F. Scully.   

Solid State Ionics, 2006, 177, 191-196.  Direct insertion of polypyrrole into molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur and P. K.Y. Liu.

Materials Letters, 2006, 60, 248-251.  Electrical characterization of conductive polymers and their intercalated nanocomposites with molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur, W. White and D. C. Dahn.

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 2005, 847, EE9.34.1 - EE9.34.6.  The structure of a molybdenum disulfide intercalation compound.  R. Brüning, K. Bulmer, R. Bissessur, R. I. Haines, P. Varma and S. Emeneau

Journal of Materials Science, 2004, 39, 119 - 125.  Novel pyrene and 8-anilino-1-napthalenesulfonic acid-MoS2 intercalates.  R. Bissessur, B. D. Wagner and R. Brüning.

Solid State Ionics, 2003, 158, 205-209.  New poly[bis-(methoxyethoxyethoxy)phosphazene]-MoS2 nanocomposite.  R. Bissessur, D. Gallant and R. Brüning.

Journal of Materials Science Letters, 2003, 22, 429-431.  Novel intercalation compound of poly[oligo(ethylene glycol)-oxalate] in molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur, D. Gallant and R. Brüning.

Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2003, 13, 44-49.  Intercalation of tetraazamacrocycles into molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur, R. I. Haines and R. Brüning

Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2003, 82, 316-320.  Novel nanocomposite material consisting of poly[oxymethylene-(oxyethylene)] and molybdenum disulfide.  R. Bissessur, D. Gallant and R. Brüning.

Chemical Communications, 2001, 17, 1598-1599.  Intercalation of a pendant-arm tetraazamacrocycle into molybdenum disulfide. R. Bissessur, R. I. Haines, D. R. Hutchings and R. Brüning.

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1997, 457, 489-494. Enhancement of ion mobility in aluminosilicate-polyphosphazene nanocomposites.  J. C. Hutchison, R. Bissessur and D. F. Shriver.

Chemistry of Materials, 1996, 8, 318-320. Towards pillared layered metal sulfides. Intercalation of the chalcogenide clusters Co6Q8(PR3)6 [Q = S, Se, Te and R = alkyl] into MoS2. R. Bissessur, J. Heising, W. Hirpo and M. G. Kanatzidis.

American Chemical Society Symposium Series on "Nanotechnology - Molecularly Designed  Materials" 1996, 622, 262-272. New polyphosphazene-clay and cryptand-clay intercalates.  J.C. Hutchison, R. Bissessur and D. F. Shriver.

Chemistry of Materials, 1996, 8, 1597-1599. Conductivity anisotropy of polyphosphazene-montmorillonite composite electrolytes. J. C. Hutchison, R. Bissessur and D. F. Shriver.

Proceedings of Am. Chem. Soc. Div. Polym. Mater.: Science and Engineering, 1995, 75, 167-168. Synthesis, characterization, and A.C-impedance measurements on new polyphosphazene-clay and cryptand-clay intercalates. J. C. Hutchison, R. Bissessur and D. F. Shriver.

Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 1994, 245, 249-254. Nanoscale composites formed by encapsulation of polymers into MoS2. From conjugated polymers to plastics. Detection of metal to insulator transition. R. Bissessur, J. L. Schindler, C. R. Kannewurf and M.G.  Kanatzidis.

Journal of Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, 1993, 8, 687-689. Inclusion of poly(aniline) into MoO3. R. Bissessur, D. C. DeGroot, J. L. Schindler, C. R. Kannewurf and M. G. Kanatzidis.

Chemistry of Materials, 1993, 5, 595-596. New intercalation compounds of conjugated polymers. Encapsulation of polyaniline in MoS2. M. Kanatzidis, R. Bissessur, D. C. DeGroot, J. L. Schindler, and C. R. Kannewurf.

Journal of Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, 1993, 20 , 1582-1585. Encapsulation of polymers into MoS2 and metal to insulator transition in metastable MoS2. R. Bissessur, J. L. Schindler, C. R. Kannewurf and M.G. Kanatzidis.

Non-refereed

Bruker AXS, 2007 Excellence in X-ray Diffraction Papers, Intercalation Compounds of    Molybdenum Diselenide. Hao Xu and Rabin Bissessur.    

National Research Council Canada, Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, Annual Report 05-06, 97- 98.  The structure of a MoS2-Macrocycle Intercalation Compound. R. Brüning, R.  Bissessur, R. I. Haines and S. Emeneau.

Textbooks

R. Bissessur. (2015). Enriched Instructor's Manual to Accompany Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity, 2Ce and 2Ie. Toronto: Nelson Education.

R. Bissessur, J. Chik, A. Flynn. (2015). Study Guide to Accompany Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity, 2Ce and 2Ie. Toronto: Nelson Education.

W. Pell, J. Carran, V. Kitaev, R. Bissessur, J. Sorensen, R. Ventateswaran. (2013). Student Solutions Manual to accompany Chemistry, 2Ce. Mississauga: Wiley.

D. Finocchio, K. Sveinson and R. Bissessur. (2013). Study guide to accompany Chemistry, 2Ce. Mississauga: Wiley.

R. Bissessur, G. Loppnow, N. Mosey, J. Carran and J. Chik. (2011). Chemistry: Student Activity, Chemical Reactivity, Strategies, Skills, Activities for Student Success to accompany Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity, 1Ce. Toronto: Nelson Education.

R. Bissessur. (2011). Instructor’s Guide to Classroom Engagement to accompany Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity, 1Ce. Toronto: Nelson Education.

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