Derek Pratt, University of Ottawa

Presented by Louis Barriault, Treasurer, Organic Chemistry Division (right)

Derek Pratt attended Carleton University and graduated with a BSc in chemistry in 1999. He carried out his honours thesis research with Keith Ingold at the NRC; a life-changing experience that prompted him to pursue graduate studies. Pratt subsequently moved to Nashville, where he carried out his PhD under the supervision of Ned Porter at Vanderbilt University, where he was generously supported by NSERC post-graduate scholarships. Upon his graduation in 2003, Pratt moved on to post-doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was supervised by Wilfred van der Donk and supported by a Jane Coffin Childs Post-Doctoral Fellowship. In 2005, Pratt returned to Canada, beginning his independent career as an assistant professor and Canada Research Chair at Queen’s University. In 2010, he moved back to his hometown, where he is associate professor and Canada Research Chair of Free Radical Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. Pratt’s research focuses on the mechanisms of organic radical reactions relevant in biological and industrial processes, and the development of novel chemistries to control them.