Eric Rivard was born in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada in 1978. In 1999 he received his B.Sc. (Hon.) in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick where he conducted research in the area of fluorine chemistry and main group radicals with Prof. Jack Passmore. Soon after Eric began his Ph.D. studies at the University of Toronto with Prof. Ian Manners, where he explored the chemistry of phosphorus containing rings, chains and polymers.
Upon graduating in 2004, Eric moved to the California Institute of Technology as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Prof. Jonas Peters in the domain of late transition metal chemistry. He then continued his postdoctoral work with Prof. Philip P. Power at the University of California, Davis, where he studied the chemistry of reactive main group hydrides and inorganic multiple bonds. In 2008, he conducted a brief research stint with Prof. Cameron Jones at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alberta in Aug. 2008. His research program is centered on fundamental synthetic inorganic chemistry with focus on the stabilization of reactive intermediates/new bonding environments across the period table, and the generation of new polymeric materials for solar cell devices and active components for the electronics industry.