Douglas W. Stephan

University of Toronto

Douglas Stephan, completed his PhD with Nicolas Payne at the University of Western Ontario in 1980. After NATO postdoctoral studies with R.H. Holm at Harvard in 1980-1982, he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Windsor, where he moved through the ranks, being appointed full professor in 1992 and university professor in 2002. In 2008, he took up a position as Canada Research Chair and professor at the University of Toronto. Author of over 350 scientific articles and 75 patents, Stephan’s research exploits fundamental studies to target innovative new technologies for the efficient production of desirable chemical products. While his group has and is developing new transition metal-based catalysts for hydrogenation, polymerization and metathesis in collaboration with industry, it is his more fundamental work on “Frustrated Lewis Pairs” (FLPs) that has garnered much attention. This advance has led to the development of unprecedented metal-free approach hydrogenation catalysis and new strategies for the activation of a variety of small molecules including olefins, alkynes and greenhouse gases.