Sponsored by Strem Chemicals, Inc.
The Strem Chemicals Award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to inorganic chemistry, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada.
The 2021 winner of the Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry is:
Laura Turculet obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998) and a Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry, 2003) from U. C. Berkeley, where she worked in the group of Professor T. Don Tilley. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington in St. Louis, in 2005 Laura joined the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) as an Assistant Professor and University Faculty Award recipient, and was subsequently promoted to full Professor in 2020. Research in the Turculet group spans the areas of synthetic organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and materials. These efforts emphasize a ligand design approach for the preparation of transition metal complexes that exhibit new reactivity properties by virtue of their unique construction, with the goal of utilizing such complexes as catalysts for chemical transformations. Current work in the Turculet group includes the study of PSiP bis(phosphino)silyl pincer ligation, as well as mono-anionic, bidentate P,N ligation, especially in the context of first row transition metal catalysis. Laura currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Organometallics and Dalton Trans., and is the Vice-Chair of the CSC Inorganic Division.