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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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Dennis Hall

The 2021 winner of the R. U. Lemieux Award is:

Dennis G. Hall, FCIC
University of Alberta
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Dennis Hall obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in 1995 working with Prof. Pierre Deslongchamps at Université de Sherbrooke. Between 1995-1997 he was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Peter G. Schultz at the University of California, Berkeley. He began his independent career in 1997 at the University of Alberta where he is currently University Professor of Chemistry and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Organoboron Chemistry for Catalysis and Drug Discovery. The unifying theme of his broad and interdisciplinary research program is the development of new synthetic and biological applications of organoboron derivatives, with topics including stereocontrol, catalysis, boron heterocycles, bioconjugation, biomaterials, and medicinal chemistry. He has mentored 22 postdoctoral associates and more than 50 graduate students with whom he co-authored over 150 publications and a dozen book chapters. Research awards and honors include the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences, a Humboldt Fellowship, the RSC Rutherford Memorial Medal, the 2012 Journal of Organic Chemistry Outstanding Author of the Year Award, and the CSC Alfred Bader Award. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017, and was recently awarded a Killam Research Fellowship (2019-2021, Canada Council for the Arts).

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Past Winners


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