Sponsored by Strem Chemicals, Inc., the Strem Chemicals Award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to inorganic chemistry, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada.
The 2016 winner of the Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry is:
Curtis P. Berlinguette
University of British Columbia
Curtis P. Berlinguette is an associate professor of chemistry and chemical & biological engineering at the University of British Columbia. After graduating with a BSc in 2000 from the University of Alberta, Berlinguette headed to Texas A&M University to pursue a PhD in inorganic chemistry, under advisor K. R. Dunbar, before doing two years of postdoctoral studies at Harvard University, under advisor R. H. Holm. He started his independent career at the University of Calgary in 2006 before moving his program to the University of British Columbia in 2013. He currently leads a research program fully dedicated to solar energy conversion schemes, including the study of interfacial processes in dye-sensitized solar cells, and developing economically viable ways of storing solar electricity as high density fuels. Berlinguette holds several patents, has authored over 60 scientific articles, holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Solar Energy Conversion, and was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.