Laurel Schafer, University of British Columbia

Presented by Neil Burford, CCUCC Chair (right)

Laurel L. Schafer completed her BSc at the University of Guelph before graduate studies at the University of Victoria. She then went on to a 2-year NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California – Berkeley. She began her independent career at UBC in 2001 and has risen through the ranks to the position of professor as of July, 2012. Laurel is a leader in the field of catalyst discovery, where she has pioneered the development of a new class of easily prepared and modular N,O chelating ligands, that are ideally suited for the complexation of early transition metals to realize easily prepared and tunable catalyst systems. Her program targets the design of new catalysts for the development of sustainable synthetic methods of relevance to the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, fine chemical and petrochemical industries.  Her work has led to more than 60 publications and numerous invitations to speak at conferences and universities around the world. She has received numerous awards during her research career: including the Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Synthesis (2004), an A. P. Sloan Fellowship (2007), and a Humboldt Research Award (2010). She is presently a Canada Research Chair in catalyst development, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an associate editor for the ACS journal, Organometallics.