Sponsored by Canadian Light Source Inc., CIC Materials Chemistry Division and Western University, Department of Chemistry.

The Canadian Light Source T. K. Sham Award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to materials chemistry both in terms of research and mentoring while working in Canada.

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The 2023 winner of the Canadian Light Source T. K. Sham Award in Materials Chemistry is:

Federico Rosei, MCIC
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
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Federico Rosei (MSc, 1996) and PhD (2001) from the University of Rome (“La Sapienza”) has worked at INRS since 2002 holding various roles, including Canada Research Chairs (Tier 2: 2003-2013; Tier 1: 2016-2023), UNESCO Chair (2013-) and Director (2011-2019). He has trained about 200 young scientists from 46 different countries; 30 former group members are professors in 14 countries.

He is Fellow of numerous prestigious national and international societies and academies, including: the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the European Academy of Science, the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Chinese Chemical Society (Honorary).

He has received several awards and honours, including: Bessel Award (Humboldt foundation 2011); Rutherford Medal in Chemistry (RSC 2011); Herzberg Medal (Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) 2013); Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry (CSC 2014); NSERC Steacie Fellowship (2014); Vasconcelos Award for Education (World Cultural Council 2014); Khwarizmi International Award (Iran); Recognition for Excellence in Mentorship (American Vacuum Society 2015); Polanyi Award (CSC 2016); APS John Wheatley Award (2019); Blaise Pascal Medal (European Academy of Science 2019); Prix du Quebec “Marie Victorin” (2021); Brockhouse Medal (CAP 2022) and the Canadian Light Source T. K. Sham Award in Materials Chemistry (CSC 2023).


Past Winners


Dmitrii F. Perepichka

McGill University
Society: CSC

James Wuest, MCIC

Université de Montréal
Society: CSC

Mary Anne White, O.C., FCIC

Dalhousie University
Society: CSC

J.C. (Tito) Scaiano, O.C., FCIC

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC