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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
January 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Ken Maly

Dr. Ken Maly

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Associate Dean: Priorities & Planning

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2249

Office Location: Science Building, N3020B

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

B.Sc., Queen's University, 1997

Ph.D., Queen's University, 2002


Ken Maly obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from Queen's University under the direction of Professor Bob Lemieux in 2002.  Following an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Professor James Wuest at the Université de Montréal, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University as an Assistant Professor in 2006.  His research is in the area of new organic materials.  Specifically, his research focuses on the synthesis of molecules that self-assemble via specific interactions to form i) new liquid crystalline materials designed to exhibit charge transport properties, and ii) porous crystalline solids with potential applications in catalysis or gas storage. 

Selected Publications (for a complete list, see Research Page)

Katie M. Psutka, Joshua Williams, Joseph A. Paquette, Oliver Calderon, Kevin J. A. Bozek, Vance E. Williams, and Kenneth E. Maly, Synthesis of Substituted Dibenz[a,c]anthracenes and an Investigations of Their Liquid Crystalline Properties, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 1456-1463.

Katie M. Psutka, Kevin J. A. Bozek, and Kenneth E. Maly; Synthesis and Mesomorphic Properties of Novel Dibenz[a,c]anthracenedicarboximides, Org. Lett. 2014, 5442-5445. [Link]

Joseph A. Paquette, Colin J. Yardley, Katie M. Psutka, Melissa A. Cochran, Oliver Calderon, Vance E. Williams, and Kenneth E. Maly; Dibenz[a,c]anthracene Derivatives Exhibiting Columnar Mesophases over Broad Temperature Ranges, Chem. Commun., 2012, 8210-8212. [Link]

Kenneth E. Maly; Acenes vs N-Heteroacenes: The Effect of N-Substitution on the Structural Features of Crystals of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Cryst. Growth Des., 2011, 5628-5633. [Link]

Phillip A. Kerneghan, Shira D. Halperin, David L. Bryce and Kenneth E. Maly; Postsynthetic Modification of an Imine-Based Microporous Organic Network, Can. J. Chem., 2011, 577-582. [Link]

Kenneth E. Maly, Eric Gagnon and James D. Wuest; Engineering Crystals with Abnormally Weak Molecular Cohesion, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 5163-5165. [Link]

Andrew J. Frank, Jacob Rawski, Kenneth E. Maly and Vladimir Kitaev; Environmentally Benign Aqueous Oxidative Catalysis using AuPd/TiO2 Colloidal Nanoparticle System Stabilized in Absence of Organic Ligands, Green Chemistry, 2010, 1615-1622. [Link]

Andrew J. Frank, Nicole Cathcart, Kenneth E. Maly and Vladimir Kitaev; Synthesis of Silver Nanoprisms with Variable Size and Investigation of Their Optical Properties: A First-Year Undergraduate Experiment Exploring Plasmonic Nanoparticles, J. Chem. Educ., 2010, 1098-1101. [Link]

Eric Gagnon, Shira D. Halperin, Valerie Metivaud, Kenneth E. Maly, and James D. Wuest; Tampering with Molecular Cohesion in Crystals of Hexaphenylbenzenes,  J. Org. Chem., 2010, 399-406. [Link]

Eric Gagnon, Thierry Maris, Pierre-Marc Arsenault, Kenneth E. Maly, and James D. Wuest; Structural Features in Crystals of Derivatives of Benzene with Multiple Contiguous Phenyl Substituents,  Cryst. Growth & Design, 2010, 648-657. [Link]

Philip T. Lynett and Kenneth E. Maly; Synthesis of Substituted Trinaphthylenes via Aryne Cyclotrimerization, Org. Lett., 2009, 11, 3726-3729. [Link]

Kenneth E. Maly; Assembly of Nanoporous Organic Materials from Molecular Building Blocks, J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 1781-1787. [Link]

Kenneth E. Maly, Eric Gagnon, Thierry Maris, and James D. Wuest; Engineering Hydrogen-Bonded Molecular Crystals Built from Derivatives of Hexaphenylbenzene and Related Compounds, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 4306-4322. [Link]