Sponsored by the CSC Organic Chemistry Division
The Alfred Bader award is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for excellence in research in organic chemistry by a scientist who is currently working in Canada.
The 2021 winner of the Alfred Bader Award is:
Bruce Arndtsen obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Carleton College in 1988, followed by a Ph.D. in 1993 from Stanford University in the group of Prof. Lisa McElwee-White. He went on to do postdoctoral research from 1993-1995 at the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Robert Bergman. In 1995, he began his independent career at McGill University, where he moved through the ranks to full professor. He is currently a James McGill Professor of Chemistry, the university equivalent to a Tier I CRC. Research in his group explores the use of metal catalysis in synthesis, and encompasses the discovery of novel reactions, their applications, and mechanism. These include most notably developmental work on multicomponent reactions, chiral anions in asymmetric catalysis, new classes of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions, the carbonylative formation of potent electrophiles, and exploiting alternative energy sources in metal catalyzed synthesis.