Rio Tinto Alcan Award

Sponsored by Rio Tinto Alcan, the Rio Tinto Alcan Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2017 winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Award is:


Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
University of Toronto at Scarborough

Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz studied chemistry at the Universities of Düsseldorf and the University of Kent in Canterbury and obtained his PhD in 1993 at the University of Calgary where he worked with Martin Boorman. After a PDF with Rinaldo Poli at the University of Maryland and as a Minerva PDF with David Milstein at the Weizmann Institute, he worked at the Steacie Institute before joining the University of Saskatchewan as an assistant professor in 1998 and quickly rose to full professor in 2006. In 2007 he moved to the University of Western Ontario, before accepting a position at the University of Toronto in 2011, where he is a full professor in chemistry and currently serves as vice-principal research at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He has served as director of the Nanofabrication Facility at Western and as chair of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at University of Toronto. Awards and recognitions include the Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials, the PetroCanada Young Innovator Award, the CSC Award in Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, and the Principal’s Research Award. Kraatz’s research interests are at the interface of inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry, focusing on the design of bioconjugates for sensing applications, surface-supported functional bioconjugates, and bio(nano)materials.

Past Winners

2016
Michael Wolf, FCIC
University of British Columbia

2015
Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University
Presented by Youla Tsantrizos, CSC President (right)

2014
Martin Stillman
University of Western Ontario

2013
Pierre Harvey
Université de Sherbrooke