Sponsored by Rio Tinto


The Rio Tinto Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2019 winner of the Rio Tinto Award is:

George Shimizu
University of Calgary

George Shimizu is originally from Winnipeg and received his BSc from the University of Winnipeg in 1989 and completed a PhD from the University of Windsor in 1993. He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham and a research associate at the Steacie Institute of the National Research Council before joining the University of Calgary in 1998. He was promoted to associate professor in 2002 and professor in 2007; His research concerns the development of new porous solids with targets of gas storage/separation materials (particularly CO2 capture) and new proton conductors for fuel cells. His carbon capture research has been commercialized with licensed patent (engineering partner with field pilots) and a spinoff company with two PhD graduates, ZoraMat Solutions Inc.

Shimizu was elected as an inaugural member of the International Zeolite Association Committee on Metal Organic Frameworks. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of CHEM, Chemistry of Materials and CrystEngComm. He has served on the NSERC Chemistry Evaluation group and the NSERC Chemistry Scholarship Selection Committee. He was an alternate councillor for the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and was chair of the Calgary CIC Local Section for five years. Institutionally, Shimizu has been associate dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Graduate Director and associate head-research in the Department of Chemistry.

Past Winners


Jillian Buriak

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz

University of Toronto at Scarborough
Society: CSC

Michael Wolf, FCIC

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Steven Holdcroft

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC

Martin Stillman, FCIC

Western University
Society: CSC

Pierre Harvey, FCIC

Université de Sherbrooke
Society: CSC