Formerly the Maxxam Award

Sponsored by the University of Windsor

University of Windsor

The Ricardo Aroca Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2024 winner of the Ricardo Aroca Award is:

Aaron Wheeler, MCIC
University of Toronto

Aaron Wheeler completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry w at Stanford University in 2003. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, Wheeler was hired as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2005. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and Full Professor in 2013. In the recent past, he has received the Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prize (2021, with Andre and Myna Simpson and others), the SCIEX Microscale Separations Innovations Medal (2019), the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microfluidic Bioanalysis (2018), the Lab on a Chip Pioneer of Miniaturization Award (2017), and an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship (2015). He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the influential journal, Lab on a Chip, and will co-host the MicroTAS conference in Montreal in October 2024. He and his research group are known for developing microfluidic tools to analyze the chemistries of complex biological samples.


Past Winners


Aicheng Chen, FCIC

University of Guelph
Society: CSC

Parisa A. Ariya, MCIC

McGill University
Society: CSC

Daniel Figeys, MCIC

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC

Xing-Fang Li, FCIC

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

John Headley

Environment Canada
Society: CSC

Lars Konermann

Western University
Society: CSC

Diane Beauchemin

Queen's University
Society: CSC

Michael A. Quilliam, FCIC

National Research Council Canada
Society: CSC

David D. Y. Chen

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Sergey Krylov

York University
Society: CSC

Jim Luong

Dow Chemicals Canada ULC
Society: CSC