Joy Gray-Munro

Joy Gray-Munro

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Science, Engineering and Architecture
F-321, Science Building Sudbury Campus


Dr. Gray-Munro graduated from Mount Allison University in 1994 with an Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and then went on to complete her Ph. D. in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her doctoral work involved the surface modification of biomedical polymers to give them antibacterial properties.  She completed postdoctoral positions at the National Research Council and the University of New Brunswick before becoming a faculty member at Laurentian University in 2003.


  • B.Sc. Chemistry,  Mount Allison University
  • Ph. D. Chemistry, University of Western Ontario

Academic Appointments


My main area of research is the characterization and modification of the surface of materials.  Some current projects include:

1)  Surface modification of biodegradable  metallic implant materials for improved biocompatibility

2)  Development of biomimetic superhydrophobic surfaces for corrosion control

3)  Characterization of crude oil/mineral interfaces


  • Teaching


    1.  Gray-Munro, J. E. (2015) Chapter 10: Biomimetic Surface Modification on Magnesium and Magnesium Alloys for Biomedical Application. “Surface Modification of magnesium and its alloys for biomedical applications” edited by Narayanan TS, Park IS and Lee, MH. ISBN:978-1-78242-078-1.

    2.  Yang, DY and Gray-Munro, JE., “Influence of coating bath chemistry on biomimetic calcium phosphate coatings”, Emerging Materials Research, 2 (2013) 263-273.

    3.  Gray-Munro, JE, Strong, M., “A study on the interfacial chemistry of magnesium hydroxide surface in aqueous solutions: Influence of Ca2+, Cl- and protein” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 393 (2013) 421-428.

    4.  Henda, R., Wilson, G., Gray-Munro, JE, Alshekhlia, O., McDonald, A., “Preparation of Polytetrafluoroethylene by Pulsed Electron Ablation: Deposition and Wettability Aspects” Thin Solid Films. 520 (2012) 1885-1889

    5. Scott AF, Gray-Munro JE, Shepherd JL, “Influence of coating bath chemistry on the deposition of 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane films deposited on magnesium alloy AZ91” J. Coll. Inter. Sci. 343 (2010) 474-483

    6. Scott A, Gray-Munro JE, “The surface chemistry of 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane films deposited on magnesium alloy AZ91” Thin Solid Films 517 (2009) 6809-6816

    7. Gray-Munro, J. E. and Strong, M., “The Mechanism of Deposition of Calcium Phosphate Coatings from Solution onto Magnesium Alloy AZ31” J. Biomed. Mater. Res. 90A (2009)339-350

    8.  Gray-Munro, J. E., Seguin, C., “ Influence of Surface Modification on the In-Vitro Corrosion Rate of Magnesium Alloys” J. Biomed. Mater. Res. 91A (2009) 221-23

    9.  Gray-Munro, J. E., Luan B, Huntington, L. “The Influence of Surface Microchemistry in Protective Film Formation on Multi-Phase Magnesium Alloys”, Appl. Surf. Sci. 254 (2008) 2871-2877

    10. Luan, B., Gray, J., Yang, L., Cheong W-J., Shoesmith, D., “Surface Modification of AZ91 Magnesium Alloy”, Materials Science Forum, 546-549 (2007) p. 513-518.

    11. Gray, J. E., Norton, P. R., Griffiths, K. G., “Mechanism of Adhesion of Electroless-deposited Silver on a Biomedical Poly(ether urethane)” Thin Solid Films, 2005, 484:196-207 B.

    12.  Luan and J. Gray, “Acousto-Immersion Coating and Process for Magnesium and its Alloys” US Patent No. 6,669,997. December 30, 2003

    13. Gray, J. E., Norton, P. R., Griffiths, K. G., “Surface Modification of a Biomedical Poly(ether)urethane by a Remote Air Plasma” Applied Surface Science, 2003, 217: 210-222

    14. Gray, J. E., Norton, P. R., Alnouno, R., Valvano, M., Griffiths, K. G., “Biological Efficacy of Electroless-deposited Silver on Plasma Activated Polyurethane” Biomaterials, 2003, 24(16): 2759-2765

    15. Gray, J. E., Luan, B. “Protective Coatings on Magnesium and its Alloys – A Critical Review” Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2002, 336, p. 88-113

    16. Gray, J., MacLean, S., and Reinsborough, V. C. “Limitations of the Phenolphthalein Competition Method for Estimating Cyclodextrin Binding Constants” Australian Journal of Chemistry, 1994, 48: 551-556