Sponsored by the CIC Physical, Theoretical and Computation Chemistry Division, the Keith Laidler Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of physical chemistry while working in Canada, recognizing early achievement in his/her independent research career.
The 2017 winner of the Keith Laidler Award is:
Viktor N. Staroverov
University of Western Ontario
Viktor Staroverov received his undergraduate education in Minsk, Belarus, an MSc degree from Brock University in 1997, and a PhD from Indiana University in 2001. Over the next few years, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University. In 2006, he joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of Western Ontario and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2012. Staroverov's research is in the area of quantum chemistry; he develops new methods of electronic structure calculations and has a particular interest in density-functional techniques. His recent contributions have significantly advanced the method of Kohn-Sham effective potentials in unanticipated directions. Staroverov is a recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal, the Felix Haurowitz Award, the Western Faculty Scholar Award, and the Florence Bucke Science Prize.