This national individual award, sponsored by The Canadian Society for Chemistry, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.

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The 2023 winner of the Canadian Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Award for Green Chemistry (Individual) is:

Michael A. Brook, MCIC
McMaster University
Mike Brook is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Faculty of Science Chair in Sustainable Silicone Polymers. Brook is an expert in silicon, silica and silicone chemistry. He wrote the solely authored book Silicon in Organic, Organometallic and Polymer Chemistry (Wiley) in 2000 and has published over 300 papers and has 6 patents granted. His main interests revolve around the strategies to improve the sustainability of polymers using silicon chemistry. Currently, his research has three main axes: using HSi-containing silicones in the degradation of elastomers, particularly used automobile rubber; incorporation of natural materials in silicones to convey new properties including facile breakdown at end of life; and developing synthetic strategies to create high molecular weight silicones with explicit structural control and very narrow ranges of properties, so less material is required for a given application.

Brook won the Macromolecular Science & Engineering Award from the CIC in 2017, the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award for Silicon Chemistry (ACS) in 2016, was a Canadian Killam Research Fellow and, with Mark McDermott (McMaster University), won the Synergy Prize for Industrial Collaboration.


Past Winners

Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual)


Abdelhamid Sayari, FCIC

University of Ottawa
Society: CGCEN

Audrey Moores, MCIC

McGill University
Society: CGCEN

Laurel L. Schafer, MCIC

The University of British Columbia
Society: CGCEN

Francesca Kerton

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Society: CGCEN

Michael Cunningham, FCIC

Queen's University
Society: CGCEN

Robert Morris, FCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CGCEN

Roger Gaudreault

TGWT Clean Technologies Inc.
Society: CGCEN

Andrew Dicks

University of Toronto
Society: CGCEN

Douglas W. Stephan, FCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CGCEN

Flora T. T. Ng, FCIC

University of Waterloo
Society: CGCEN