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The John C. Polanyi Award is presented for excellence by a scientist carrying out research in Canada in physical, theoretical or computational chemistry or chemical physics.

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Zuo-Guang Ye

The 2021 winner of the John C. Polanyi Award is:


Zuo-Guang Ye, MCIC
Simon Fraser University

Zuo-Guang Ye received his Ph.D. degree from l’Université de Bordeaux, France, and did post-doc research at l’Université de Genève, Switzerland. He joined the faculty of Simon Fraser University in 1997, and has been a full professor with tenure since 2003. He was named a Distinguished SFU Professor in 2020. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 2009 to 2014 and was a Funding Director of the 4D LABS, an interdisciplinary materials research centre.

Ye conducts research work in the areas of materials chemistry and physics, with emphasis on solid state multi-functional materials of complex oxides. Ye has given 190+ plenary/keynotes/invited talks, and published 380+ peer-reviewed research papers, 10 review articles and book chapters, and one book, “Handbook of Advanced Dielectric, Piezoelectric and Ferroelectric Materials”.

Ye was the recipient of the 2014 Institute of Electric & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Ferroelectrics Recognition Award, and the American Ceramic Society’s 2015 Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE (2017) and received the 2019 IEEE Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award. In 2019, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ye was the General Chair for several national (CSC-2014) and international conferences, and led the international committee for the publication of the first “IEEE Standard for Relaxor-Based Single Crystals for Transducer and Actuator Applications” (Std. 1859TM-2017).

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Past Winners

2020

Edward R. Grant, MCIC

The University of British Columbia
Society: CSC
2019

Wolfgang Jäger

University of Alberta
Society: CSC
2018

Albert Stolow

University of Ottawa and National Research Council Canada
Society: CSC
2017

Josef W. Zwanziger

Dalhousie University
Society: CSC
2016

Federico Rosei

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Université du Québec
Society: CSC
2015

Terrance McMahon

University of Waterloo
Society: CSC
2014

Tucker Carrington, FCIC

Queen's University
Society: CSC
2013

Ronald P. Steer, FCIC

University of Saskatchewan
Society: CSC