Kim Baines received her BSc in 1982 from St. Mary’s University in Halifax in 1982 and her PhD under the tutelage of the late Adrian Brook from the University of Toronto in 1987. She then spent one year as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dortmund, Germany with the late Wilhelm Neumann. She joined the faculty at the University of Western Ontario in 1988 where she is now professor of chemistry. Her research focuses on the synthesis and reactivity studies of fundamentally interesting, low valent main group molecules with new and interesting bonding paradigms with the goal of providing materials for future innovations. She was awarded the inaugural J.C. Polanyi Prize for Chemistry from the Government of Ontario in 1988, the Clara Benson Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry in 2002, the Florence Bucke Prize for Science from Western in 2004 and a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in 2015. She was recently appointed as chair professor at Soochow University in Suzhou, China, and has been named to the University Students Council Teaching Honor Roll at Western several times. She also won 1st Prize with Melanie Lui in the inaugural CSC Inorganic Mixer Dance Competition (2015). She served as chair of the Department of Chemistry (2005-2014), chair of the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (2005-2007), on Grant Selection Committee 24 (2002-05) at NSERC, as group chair for the NSERC Chemistry Evaluation Group (2008-2011) and on the Canadian Society of Chemistry Board of Directors (2005-2008) where she was director of conferences. She also served as the scientific program chair for the 87th CSC Conference and Exhibition in London, Ont. in 2004.
Kim M. Baines, FCIC