Plenary Lectures

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"Chemistry: The Next Wave" June 5-9 in Halifax, NS.

Omar Yaghi, University of California - Berkeley, USA

Omar Yaghi

Bio: Professor Yaghi is widely known for pioneering the development of several classes of new materials including metal-organic frameworks and the building block approach to their synthesis, which he termed ‘Reticular Chemistry’. These materials have the highest surface areas known to date, making them useful in clean energy storage and generation. His pioneering work has led to an explosive growth in the creation of new nanoporous materials having a diversity and multiplicity previously unknown in chemistry. He is listed among the top two most highly cited chemists worldwide in the past decade (2000-2010) and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Chemistry of Materials Award and the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

Abstract: Design of Sequences in Metal-organic Frameworks for Clean Energy

Robin Rogers, McGill University

Bio: Professor Rogers is currently a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals and is known for many ground-breaking developments in using Green Chemistry for sustainable technology. These include the development of ionic liquids for clean separations, advanced polymeric and composite materials from bio-renewables, novel strategies for purification of value added products from biomass, and technologies for the elimination of waste in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Among his many awards, he has been given the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the American Chemical Society Separations Science and Technology Award.

Abstract: Green Chemistry and Advanced Materials from Renewable Polymers: Education, Research, and Entrepreneurship to Motivate the Next Generation of Scientists

Axel Becke, Dalhousie University - CIC Medal Winner

Axel Becke, Dalhousie University

Bio: Axel D. Becke is the Killam Chair in computational science and Harry Shirreff Professor of chemical research at Dalhousie University. He has been a leader in the development of the density-functional theory (DFT) of electronic structure for over thirty years. Largely due to his efforts, DFT is the most popular tool in computational chemistry and physics today. Its popularity earned theoretical physicist Walter Kohn, who conceived the foundations of DFT in 1964–1965, a share (with John Pople) of the 1998 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Becke’s work has been cited 100,000 times so far. Two of his papers rank among the Top 100 most-cited papers of all time, one in the top 10 at #8, and another at #25 [Nature 514, 550 (2014)] Becke is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2000) and the Royal Society of London (2006), a medalist of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1991) and the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (2000), recipient of a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship (2005-2007), the CSC John Polanyi Award (2009), the Theoretical Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society (2014), and the 2015 NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering..

Abstract: Full Circle: A Career in Density-functional Theory