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The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have held their first professional appointment as an independent researcher in academia, government, or industry for seven years or less at the time of nomination submission.

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Benoit H. Lessard

The 2022 winner of the The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is:

Benoit H. Lessard, MCIC
University of Ottawa
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Prof. Benoit H. Lessard is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at University of Ottawa since 2015. In 2019 he was promoted to Associate Professor where his research has focused on the design and engineering of carbon based electronics from solar cells to transistors and sensors. Since 2008, Prof. Lessard has published 122 peer reviewed journal articles and 15 patent applications. His research focuses on the development of thin film electronics from flexible electronics to highly selective sensors. His group brings together chemistry and electronics with focus on material development, thin film processing and prototype validation. Prof. Lessard is co-founder of Ekidna Sensing Inc., which is a spinoff company based on his work with cannabinoid sensors. Prior to joining uOttawa, Prof. Lessard completed an NSERC Banting Fellowship at the University of Toronto studying crystal engineering and optoelectronic device fabrication and obtained his PhD (2012) from McGill University in Polymer reaction engineering.  

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Past Winners


Nashaat N. Nassar, MCIC

University of Calgary
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Gisele Azimi, MCIC

University of Toronto
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Arun Ramachandran

University of Toronto
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Thomas A. Adams II

McMaster University
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Alison McGuigan

University of Toronto
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Hongbo Zeng

University of Alberta
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