Adrian Schwan, University of Guelph

Presented by Yining Huang, senior editor of Canadian Journal of Chemistry (right)

For his paper: “Unexpected Reactions of Grignard Reagents with Selected β-Carboalkoxy Substituted Sulfinate Esters”.Robert J. Faragher, Mohanad Gh. Shkoor, Kylie L. Luska, Adrian L. Schwan; Can. J. Chem., 2015, 93(1): 37-43, 10.1139/cjc-2014-0268

Adrian Schwan was born and educated in Canada receiving his BSc from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 his PhD from McMaster University in 1988 under the supervision of John Warkentin. He was employed as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Eric Block at the State University of New York at Albany from 1988-1989 and was hired in 1989 at the University of Guelph as an assistant professor.

Since beginning his academic career at Guelph, Schwan has risen to the rank of professor and has served as director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2003-2006 and chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2007-2012. His current research interests are organosulfur chemistry, unsaturated sulfur acids, heterocycle syntheses and transformations, synthetic methods, lipid synthesis, organophosphorus chemistry, heteroatom chemistry, asymmetric induction and preparation of isotopically labeled compounds.

Schwan has more than 95 articles published, 63 conference presentations and 1 patent. In 2004, he was named the inaugural editor of the Journal of Sulfur Chemistry and held the position through 2010. Schwan was named a Fellow of the CIC in 2009.