Travel award winners announced

CIC and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 travel awards competition. Established in 1982, the awards are jointly sponsored by CNC-IUPAC’s company associates and CIC’s Gendron Fund, a trust established in honour of prominent Canadian chemist Pierre Gendron and his contribution to the exceptionally successful 1981 IUPAC congress in Vancouver.

The awards enable early-career scientists at Canadian institutions to present their work at IUPAC-sponsored conferences outside of Canada. For more information, including how to apply for a 2021 award, please see

This year’s winners:

Zachary M. Hudson, University of British Columbia

Dr. Zachary M. Hudson is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He was born in Ottawa, and completed his B.Sc. at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he remained to pursue a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Suning Wang, focusing on the development of luminescent materials for organic electronics. During his Ph.D. Dr. Hudson also held graduate fellowships at Jilin University in China as well as Nagoya University in Japan. He then moved to the University of Bristol as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Ian Manners, followed by a second Postdoctoral Fellowship with Prof. Craig Hawker at the California Nanosystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research program develops optoelectronic materials for applications in display technology, two-photon fluorescence, and biological imaging, and has recently begun investigating compostable plastics for sustainable single-use packaging.

With the support of the 2020 CNC-IUPAC Travel Award Dr. Hudson will attend the 48th World Polymer Congress -IUPAC-MACRO2020 to be held this upcoming July 2020 in Jeju, Korea.

Olena Zenkina, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Olena Zenkina’s research expertise spans inorganic materials, organometallics and surface science. She studied chemical engineering at the National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute in Kharkiv, Ukraine. After graduation she joined the group of Dr. Milko van der Boom in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. There she was working on her Ph.D. in chemistry exploring d10 metals ring-walking over π-conjugated systems. Later she accepted a postdoctoral position in the group of Dr. Cathleen Crudden at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. In this role, Dr. Zenkina was working on several projects including the discovery of single-crystal to single-crystal transformations, development of novel oxygen sensors, and carbene self-assembled monolayers formation of gold surfaces. In 2014, Dr. Zenkina accepted a position at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada as an Assistant Professor and promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.

Her current research interests are focused on the creation of well-defined architectures on various surface supports for modern electronics, including bendable and wearable systems; design and fabrication of smart materials for energy storage, selective molecular sensors, and unique heavy–metal uptake systems. Dr. Zenkina develops methodologies of self-directed solution-based deposition of well-defined organic compounds and their ability to selectively coordinate metal ions that have led to the range of functional materials with a high degree of order and structural control at the molecular level. These materials find widespread applications in electro-optic modulators, display technology, solar cells, and sensors.

With the support of the CNC-IUPAC travel award, Dr. Zenkina will attend the 44th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry-ICCC 2020 that will be held in July 2020 in Rimini, Italy. Dr. Zenkina will present research of her group on coordination-based multicolor monolayer electrochromic materials with ultra-high durability and coloration efficiencies.