Sponsored by the Materials Chemistry Division, the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to materials chemistry while working in Canada.
The 2016 winner of the Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry is:
University of British Columbia
Mark MacLachlan was born in Faro, Yukon, and grew up in Quesnel, BC. He obtained his BSc degree at UBC in 1995 and his PhD at the University of Toronto in 1999 working with Ian Manners and Geoffrey Ozin. Following a post-doctoral fellowship with Tim Swager at M.I.T., MacLachlan began his independent career at University of British Columbia in 2001. His research is in the field of supramolecular materials chemistry, where he broadly applies principles of supramolecular chemistry to assemble new materials with interesting structure and function. His team has investigated a wide range of new materials, including conjugated polymers, nanotubes assembled from metal-containing macrocycles, Prussian blue nanocomposites, porous metal-organic frameworks, and Pd/ceria nanocomposites for methane oxidation. Recently, he has been using the hierarchical structures of natural polymers (cellulose, chitin) to construct new materials. Employing chitin and cellulose nanocrystals as template, Mark’s team has created porous glasses, hydrogels, plastics, and solid-state materials with helical structures that give them photonic properties. MacLachlan holds the Canada Research Chair in Supramolecular Materials and is the director of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Nanomaterials Science & Technology (NanoMat) at UBC.