CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC), the CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement and potential in research by a graduate student whose PhD thesis in chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12–month period preceding the nomination deadline.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2019 winner of the CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award is:


Soren K. Mellerup
Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (For research carried out at Queen's University under advisor Suning Wang)

Originally from Thunder Bay, Soren Mellerup obtained his HBSc from Lakehead University, where he conducted undergraduate research as an NSERC USRA on aqueous, hypercoordinated silicon-saccharide speciation with Stephen Kinrade and Robert Mawhinney. He then pursued graduate studies in the group of Suning Wang at Queen’s University as a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, focusing on the design, synthesis, and study of photochromic/photoresponsive organoboron systems as potential next-generation smart-materials. During this time, he published over 31 peer-reviewed journal articles and received many awards, including several “top talks” at provincial and national conferences. Mellerup also held international fellowships in Japan and Germany, collaborating with Shigehiro Yamaguchi at Nagoya University and Matthias Wagner at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt on various aspects of boron chemistry. He is currently a Banting and Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in the group of Holger Braunschweig at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron (ICB), where he is exploring the possibility of using low-valent main-group compounds as precursors to functional bulk materials.

Past Winners

2018
John Thompson
Gilead Sciences Inc. (For research carried out at Simon Fraser University under advisor Daniel Leznoff, FCIC

2017
Cristina Mottillo
McGill University

2016
Stephen Winter
Physikalisches Institut, Goethe-Universität (For research carried out at University of Waterloo under advisor Richard Oakley)

2014
Gabriel Ménard
Harvard University (For research carried out at University of Toronto under advisor Douglas Stephan)

2013
Zachary M. Hudson
University of Bristol (For research carried out at Queen’s University under advisor Suning Wang)