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The W. A. E. McBryde Medal is presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

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The 2024 winner of the W. A. E. McBryde Medal is:

Michael Serpe, MCIC
University of Alberta
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Michael Serpe is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Central Florida in 2000 and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. After conducting postdoctoral research in industry, he joined the group of Steven Craig at Duke University as a postdoctoral researcher in 2006. Dr. Serpe joined the University of Alberta in 2009, achieving the rank of Full Professor in 2018; he is also an Associate Dean – Graduate in the Faculty of Science.

Dr. Serpe’s research involves the application of stimuli-responsive polymers to solve problems related to the environment and human health. The Serpe Group is best known in the analytical chemistry community for their work on stimuli-responsive polymer-based sensors and biosensors (etalons). Early work focused on building a fundamental understanding of the etalons, while later work has been focused on their adaptation to achieve point-of-care diagnostic devices. The group’s latest research efforts have focused on developing a portable orthophosphate (PO43– ) sensor by exploiting enzymatic reactions, and an off-the-shelf glucose test strip. Importantly, slight adaptations to this approach have allowed the quantitation of SARS-CoV-2 virus and antibody in both human saliva and serum, DNA, and small molecules utilizing DNA-based aptamers.


Past Winners


Philip Britz-McKibbin, MCIC

McMaster University
Society: CSC

W. Russ Algar, MCIC

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Kagan Kerman, MCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CSC

Alexandre G. Brolo, MCIC

University of Victoria
Society: CSC

Jean-François Masson

Université de Montréal
Society: CSC

Juewen Liu

University of Waterloo
Society: CSC

Zhifeng Ding

Western University
Society: CSC

Aicheng Chen

Lakehead University
Society: CSC

Hua-Zhong (Hogan) Yu

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC

Lars Konermann

Western University
Society: CSC

Aaron Wheeler

University of Toronto
Society: CSC