Jean-François Masson


Roles and responsibilities

Senior Research Officer

Durability and chemistry of construction materials

Current research and/or projects

Guidelines to evaluate innovative products for performance and durability;

Forensic analysis of material failure: installation vs material characteristics;

Accelerated aging to assess the durability of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs);

NMR spectroscopy to profile and map moisture in building envelope materials;

Adhesion phenomena in coatings and membranes applied to wood or concrete.

Research and/or project statements

For more close to 30 years, I have applied chemistry to address challenges in civil engineering. The focus of my work is on the performance of polymer-based materials and composites. This includes the analysis of failure and the development of accelerated aging methods to help predict future performance. 


Ph.D., Polymer Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1991

B.Sc., Industrial Chemistry, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 1986

Professional activities/interests

Mentor for young professional scientists and students

Referee papers for scholarly journals and granting agencies


2018           Construction Research Centre Value for Canada Award.

2017           Going the Extra Mile Award

2016           General Manager Innovation Award

2014           NRC-Construction Partnership Award

2008           Outstanding Achievement Award, National Research Council

2007           External Partnership Award, Institute for Research in Construction

2003           Lorn-Gold Award for best publication at NRC-Construction

1999           Paper of the year, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

1998       Outstanding Achievement Award, NRC-Construction

Key publications

J-F. Masson et al., KEE-PVC roofing membranes: highlights of a new ASTM specification to help validate composition.  IIBEC Interface, April 2019, pp.

J-F. Masson et al., SIPs for Housing Construction: Development of Guidelines to Assess Composite durability for a 50-year Service in the Canadian Climate. Service-Life Prediction of Polymeric Materials: Reaching New Heights, Conference Proceedings, March 18-23, 2018, Boulder, CO.

J-F. Masson et al., Measurement of thermal conductivity of building insulation by modulated differential scanning calorimetry-critical review and observations, International Review of Applied Sciences and Engineering, 3 (2012), 157-162.

J-F. Masson et al., Natural weathering of styrene-butadiene modified bitumen, Chapter 10 in Polymer Modified Bitumen, Woodhead Publishing, 2010.

J-F. Masson et al., Chemistry and effects of polyphosphoric acid on the microstructure, molecular mass, glass transition temperatures and performance grades of asphalts, Association of Asphalt Paving Technology Proceedings 78, (2009) 455-484.

Previous work experience

Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (1986-1990): Research assistant, cellulosic materials.

Bio-Mega, Inc. (1984-1986): Research assistant, organic chemistry and peptide synthesis.

International experience and/or work

More than 80 confidential R&D reports for industry

Jean-François Masson

Jean-François Masson

Senior Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: French
Other(s): English, French, Spanish
Telephone: 613-993-2144

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Materials, Materials for Energy Technologies, Chemistry, Composites, Insulation, Microscopy, Polymers, Surface analysis