Sponsored by the CIC Physical, Theoretical and Computation Chemistry Division, this award recognizes outstanding early-career contributions to physical chemistry, for research carried out in Canada, by a scientist residing in Canada.
The 2019 winner of the Keith Laidler Award is:
University of Waterloo
Pavle Radovanovic received his BSc equivalent degree in chemistry from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and an MSc degree from Georgetown University. He subsequently obtained his PhD degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2004. Following his graduate studies, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He started his independent career at the University of Waterloo in 2006, rising to the rank of full professor in 2017. At the University of Waterloo he embarked on a new research program focusing on the design, physical and chemical properties, and possible applications of multifunctional low-dimensional inorganic and hybrid materials. His research combines a range of complex spectroscopic measurements, structural characterization, and theoretical simulations to formulate quantitative models of structure-function and function-function correlations. This research aims to elucidate fundamental principles governing the coexistence of and interactions between different degrees of freedom, leading to possible applications in lighting, photocatalysis, and quantum technologies. His work has been recognized by a number of honours and awards, including Canada Research Chair, Early Researcher Award (Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation), Mobility Award (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and CNC-IUPAC Award. He was a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley.