Chemists descend on Ottawa for Annual Chemistry Conference

OTTAWA, June 12, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), will host the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition from June 13-17th at the downtown Shaw Centre. The conference brings together over 2300 chemists from academia, industry and government from Canada and internationally. This year's conference theme, Chemistry in a Sustainable World, builds on chemistry as a foundation pillar of scientific achievements and a key driver of socioeconomic benefits, including major advancements in new materials (e.g., everything from solar panels to biofuels), as well as industrial/consumer chemicals (e.g., petrochemicals, polymers, synthetic fabrics, coatings, paints, pigments, crop protection agents, etc.) and health care products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, prosthetic/artificial limbs, polymers for selective drug delivery etc.).

In addition to the technical session speakers, the plenary speakers include: Omar Yaghi of the University of California, Berkeley (winner of the 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Science),, Robin Rogers of McGill University (Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals), and Axel Becke of Dalhousie University (winner of the 2015 NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering).

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and CSC awards programs recognize outstanding contributions by Canadian chemists and chemical engineers to their fields. For the 2015 year, the CIC and CSC have granted Canadian researchers across both industry and academia with a total of twenty-two awards and three fellowships. This year's most prestigious award, the CIC medal, has been bestowed upon Axel D. Becke as a mark of distinction and recognition for his outstanding contribution to computational chemistry.

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Omar Yaghi
University of California, Berkeley

Professor Yaghi is widely known for pioneering the development of several classes of new materials including metal-organic frameworks and the building block approach to their synthesis, which he termed 'Reticular Chemistry'. These materials have the highest surface areas known to date, making them useful in clean energy storage and generation. His pioneering work has led to an explosive growth in the creation of new nanoporous materials having a diversity and multiplicity previously unknown in chemistry. He is listed among the top two most highly cited chemists worldwide in the past decade (2000-2010) and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

Robin Rogers
McGill University

Professor Rogers is currently a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals and is known for many ground-breaking developments in using Green Chemistry for sustainable technology. These include the development of ionic liquids for clean separations, advanced polymeric and composite materials from bio-renewables, novel strategies for purification of value added products from biomass, and technologies for the elimination of waste in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Among his many awards, he has been given the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the American Chemical Society Separations Science and Technology Award.

Axel D. Becke
Dalhousie University

Axel D. Becke has been a leader in the development of the density-functional theory (DFT) of electronic structure for over thirty years. His works have been cited over 100,000 times and two of his papers are positioned among Top 25 most-cited papers of all time. Largely due to his efforts, DFT is the most popular tool in computational chemistry and physics today. Axel D. Becke is currently the Killam Chair in Computational Science and Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research at Dalhousie University. Additional accolades include a vast array of awards and fellowships, with his most recent honor being the 2015 NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.


SOURCE Chemical Institute of Canada

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