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The R.U. Lemieux Award is presented to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry and who is currently working in Canada.

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Andrew Bennet

The 2022 winner of the R. U. Lemieux Award is:

Andrew J. Bennet, FCIC
Simon Fraser University

Andrew Bennet was born in Hanwell, England, and grew up in South Ruislip in West London. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Bristol. Under the tutelage of Ph.D. advisor Michael Sinnott, he investigated the mechanism of glycoside hydrolysis in acidic solutions using kinetic isotope effects (KIEs). Subsequently, he commenced postdoctoral studies at the University of Kansas, working with Dick Schowen to decipher the mechanism of serine esterases. He expanded his reaction mechanisms expertise through a second postdoctoral position with Stan Brown at the University of Alberta, studying the mechanisms of amide hydrolyses in acid and base. In 1991, he joined Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry where he is now a Professor of Chemistry. His research accomplishments include the development of an NMR method for the measurement of competitive KIEs and the use of those measurements in conjunction with computed values to understand how glycoside hydrolases (GHs) accelerate the hydrolytic cleavage of carbohydrates. This mechanistic information is then used to design new classes of GH covalent inhibitors that have potential as therapeutic agents.

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Past Winners


Dennis G. Hall, FCIC

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Masad J. Damha, FCIC

McGill University
Society: CSC

Andrei K. Yudin

University of Toronto
Society: CSC

Hanadi Sleiman

McGill University
Society: CSC

Cathleen M. Crudden, FCIC

Queen's University
Society: CSC

Michael Organ

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC

Chao-Jun Li

McGill University
Society: CSC

Tomas Hudlicky

Brock University
Society: CSC

Marco Ciufolini

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC