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The Catalysis Award is presented to an individual who, while resident in Canada, has made a distinguished contribution to the field of catalysis. This award is presented every two years.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2018 winner of the Catalysis Award is:

Cathleen Crudden, FCIC
Queen’s University

Cathleen Crudden is full professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at Queen’s University. She also holds a cross appointment as a research professor at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) in Nagoya Japan. She is one of only four international faculty at ITbM, where she runs a satellite lab funded by the Japanese government. She has won numerous research awards including the 2018 Canadian Catalysis Society Award, the 2017 R. U. Lemieux award and the 2011 Clara Benson award. She is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was a Killam Research Fellow from 2015–2016. Crudden has been a visiting professor in the labs of Ryoji Noyori, was awarded a Global Center of Excellence Professorship at Kyoto University and a Visiting Professorship in Tarragona, Spain. 

Crudden was one of the first grantees of the CREATE program ($1.6M, 2010–2016) and is PI on a successful 2014 CFI grant for $8.8M in the area of surface science. She is also one of two Canadians that are part of a Japan–Germany–Canada trilateral research partnership.

Cruddent was president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2012/2013 and served on the Board of Directors for two terms representing the catalysis division. She also served on the editorial advisory board for ACCN for ten years, and has been one of two Canadian members of the organizing committee of Pacifichem for the past 10 years. She is chair of the NSERC–Chemistry Liaison Panel.

Crudden is associate editor for ACS Catalysis and sits on the editorial advisory boards of Chemical Record (Japan), Synthesis, Organometallics, ACSOmega and Chemical and Engineering News. Her work in catalysis and materials has received significant acclaim, with recent work identifying a new class of carbon-based SAMs being called “game changing” and “the new gold standard” by international experts in the area.

Past Winners


Mark Lautens, FCIC

University of Toronto
Society: CIC

Warren Piers, FCIC

University of Calgary
Society: CIC