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The John C. Polanyi Award is presented for excellence by a scientist carrying out research in Canada in physical, theoretical or computational chemistry or chemical physics.

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The 2019 winner of the John C. Polanyi Award is:

Wolfgang Jäger
University of Alberta

Wolfgang Jäger received his PhD in chemistry from the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, in 1989. He joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, in 1995 after spending time as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the University of British Columbia. He was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and to the rank of full professor in 2003.

Jäger’s research is multifaceted and includes fundamental studies of intermolecular interactions using spectroscopic investigations of weakly bound complexes and clusters, development of atmospheric trace gas sensing techniques that utilize solid state infrared diode lasers, photoreaction chamber studies of aerosol formation, and design and fabrication of external cavity lasers using MEMS technology. His work has resulted in more than 180 publications and numerous presentations at national and international meetings.

For his scientific achievements, Jäger was awarded the NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 2002, in 2004 he became a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Cluster Science which was renewed in 2011, and in 2008 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. From 2009–2010, he spent a sabbatical year at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany, which was funded by a Humboldt Fellowship.

Past Winners


Albert Stolow

University of Ottawa and National Research Council Canada
Society: CSC

Josef W. Zwanziger

Dalhousie University
Society: CSC

Federico Rosei

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Université du Québec
Society: CSC

Terrance McMahon

University of Waterloo
Society: CSC

Tucker Carrington, FCIC

Queen's University
Society: CSC

Ronald P. Steer, FCIC

University of Saskatchewan
Society: CSC