Sponsored by Rio Tinto


The Rio Tinto Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.

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The 2022 winner of the Rio Tinto Award is:

Gregory Jerkiewicz, MCIC
Queen’s University


Gregory Jerkiewicz is a Professor of Chemistry at Queen’s University. He did his undergraduate studies at the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, and his Ph.D. studies at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of the late Professor Brian E. Conway. 

An overarching objective of his research is a genuine quest for understanding and directing electrochemical phenomena at the atomic level. He is recognized for groundbreaking and landmark contributions to (i) electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of hydrogen, platinum, and nickel, (ii) interfacial electrochemical thermodynamics, (iii) electrochemical quartz crystal nanobalance, (iv) degradation of platinum-based nanomaterials used in fuel cells, (v) temperature-dependent electrochemical studies, and (vi) development of a new method for preparing monocrystalline electrodes.

Gregory Jerkiewicz has served on the CSC Executive Committee as Director of Awards. He received the Electrochemistry Award of La Société Française de Chimie, the W. A. E. McBryde Medal of the CSC, the R. C. Jacobsen Award of the ECS, Canadian Section, and the Eminent Visitor Award by the Catalysis Society of South Africa. The President of Poland conferred on him a Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (equivalent to the Order of Canada) and the title of Professor of Chemical Sciences.

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Past Winners


Mark Stradiotto, MCIC

Dalhousie University
Society: CSC

Deryn Fogg, FCIC

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC

George Shimizu

University of Calgary
Society: CSC

Jillian Buriak

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz

University of Toronto at Scarborough
Society: CSC

Michael Wolf, FCIC

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Steven Holdcroft

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC

Martin Stillman, FCIC

Western University
Society: CSC

Pierre Harvey, FCIC

Université de Sherbrooke
Society: CSC