Edmond Lam

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Research Officer and Team Lead, Advanced Biomaterials and Chemical Synthesis team in ACRD-Montreal.

Current research and/or projects

The Advanced Biomaterials and Chemical Synthesis (ABCS) team conducts client service work and fundamental research in marine/terrestrial biomass valorization, and the development & application of sustainable materials. My current research interests include catalysis, green chemistry and nanotechnology.

Research and/or project statements

Previously served as the Technical Service Lead for the Bio-based Specialty Chemicals Program (2016-2018).

  • Championed chemistry-based leads, built long-term client relationships, and oversaw the development and execution of technical services projects
  • Engaged international stakeholders in research activities and dialog that promote the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into high-value consumers and industrial products
  • Organized conference and trade-show events to promote NRC and BSC program activities


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2007

B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2001


Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry at McGill University


2021       NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards: NRC President’s Award – Protecting Canadians (Made in Canada COVID19 Test Supply Chain Initiative)

2020       NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards: Collaboration for Innovation Award

2018       NRC-ACRD Award of Recognition for Client Focus

2018       NRC-ACRD Award of Recognition Outstanding Team Player

Inventions and patents

"Mixture of Stereoisomers of a Sulfated Glycolipid" US Provisional Application 63/296,648, filed January 5, 2022.

"BIODEGRADABLE ELECTROCHEMICAL DEVICE" PCT/US2020/046932, filed August 19, 2020.

"Chitin Nanocrystals and Process for Preparation Thereof." U.S. Patent 10,214,596, issued February 26, 2019.

"Cellulose nanocrystals from renewable biomass." U.S. Patent 8,900,706, issued December 2, 2014.

Key publications

Tony Jin, Tracy Liu, Faezeh Hajiali, Madison Santos, Yali Liu, Davis Kurdyla, Sophie Régnier, Sabahudin Hrapovic, Edmond Lam and Audrey Moores. “High Humidity Shaker Aging to Access Chitin and Cellulose Nanocrystals” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202207206.

Zhenwei Ma, Claire Bourquard, Qiman Gao, Shuaibing Jiang, Tristan De Iure-Grimmel, Ran Huo, Xuan Li, Zixin He, Zhen Yang, Galen Yang, Yixiang Wang, Edmond Lam, Zu-Hua Gao, Outi Supponen, Jianyu Li. “Controlled Tough Bioadhesion Mediated by Ultrasound” Science 2022, 377, 751-755

Tony Jin, Tracy Liu, Shuaibing Jiang, Vladimir Michaelis, David Kurdyla, Brittney A. Klein, Edmond Lam, Jianyu Liu, and Audrey Moores. "Chitosan Nanocrystals Synthesis via Aging and Application Towards Alginate Hydrogels for Sustainable Drug Release." Green Chem., 2021, 23, 6527-6537.

Tony Jin, Davis Kurdyla, Sabahudin Hrapovic, Alfred CW Leung, Sophie Régnier, Yali Liu, Audrey Moores, Edmond Lam. “Carboxylated Chitosan Nanocrystals: A Synthetic Route and Application as Superior Support for Gold-Catalyzed Reactions.” Biomacromolecules 2020, 21, 2236-2245.

Edmond Lam

Edmond Lam

Senior Research Officer
Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
6100 Royalmount Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 514-283-3065

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Agriculture, Biomass, Bioproducts, Energy, Catalyst, Materials, Biopolymers, Nanomaterials, Sciences, Chemistry, Materials