OTTAWA, June 7, 2012 — Two leaders in organic chemistry from the University of Ottawa were honoured by their peers during the 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, the largest and most important conference for chemical scientists in Canada.
University of Ottawa professor Louis Barriault of the Department of Chemistry was awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Research Excellence Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry, in recognition of his contributions to medicinally relevant organic chemistry. For more than a decade, Professor Barriault has been exploring new avenues in domino reactions and gold catalysis, with an eye towards their application in the synthesis of natural and medicinally important molecules
The conference also featured a symposium on homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, in honour of University of Ottawa professor Howard Alper. The symposium featured renowned scientists from Japan, the U.S., Spain, the U.K. and several other countries. One of the world’s foremost chemists, Howard Alper is a former vice-president, research at the University of Ottawa (1997-2006) and is currently Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). Professor Alper’s many discoveries have far-ranging practical applications in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. A champion of research, he was first recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering and he helped establish one of Canada’s top awards for young researchers, the Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize.
The Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition is Canada’s largest annual event devoted to the science and practice of chemistry. The event is an opportunity for chemical scientists from all sub-disciplines to exchange ideas, discover opportunities, make new contacts and broaden their knowledge.
The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and encourages an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world. It is an important stakeholder in the National Capital Region’s economic development.