Fourth CGCC Annual Meeting



The Fourth CGCC Annual Meeting took place on Thursday, May 10, 2012
At Université de Montréal, Jean Coutu Building
2940, chemin de Polytechnique
Auditorium Room S1-151 (basement level)



CGCC CONFERENCES (10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.)

    View detailed scientific program here
    View directions to get to Jean Coutu Building

Meet our Invited Speakers:

PHILIP JESSOP (Ph.D. 1998, Univ. British Columbia) is currently the Canada Research Chair of Green Chemistry and a full professor in the departments of Chemistry and Environmental Studies at Queen's University. He also contributed to the creation of GreenCentre Canada, a non-profit institute dedicated to helping green chemistry technologies make it from academia to the market, with which he remains involved as the Technical Director. Previously, he worked for the Research Development Corporation of Japan (1993-1996) under the guidance of Ryoji Noyori and was an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis (1996-2003). As one of the world's most recognized green chemistry researchers, he is mainly interested in developing chemical processes that are environmentally sustainable by reducing pollutants and toxic releases. Most notably, his discovery of switchable solvents was ranked as one of the 20 key chemical discoveries in Canada of the last 100 years and has earned him the prestigious NSERC John C. Polanyi Award in 2008. Other distinctions include the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (2004) and a Killam Fellowship (2010). Besides his research at Queen's, which has cumulated in over 100 publications to date (including two books), he is very active on the advisory boards of various journals, conference committees and institutes directed towards green chemistry. On May 10, 2012 at 10 a.m., Prof. Jessop will give a talk on "Controlling the Stability of Suspensions and Emulsions with Carbon Dioxide."

AMIR HOVEYDA (Ph.D. 1986, Yale) is currently the Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry at Boston College, where he also serves as chair of the Chemistry Department. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard (1986-1990) and a stint in the cancer group of Pfizer Central research (1987-1988), he started his independent career at Boston College, where he was promoted to the rank of Professor 4 years later. With a record of over 200 publications to date, he is widely recognized in the field of asymmetric catalysis and particularly for his work on conjugate additions and olefin metathesis. His research focuses on the development of new efficient and recyclable chiral catalysts that can be used to synthesize important enantiomerically pure compounds for the preparation of biologically and medicinally active agents. In recognition of his scientific contributions and teaching qualities, he has received numerous awards, including, just in recent years, the ACS Cope Scholar Award (1998), the Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the NIH Merit Award (2005), the Max Tishler Prize (2007) and the Yamada-Koga Prize (2010). In addition, he is scientific consultant for several companies and serves on the editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Communications (2003-). On May 10, 2012 at 11:05 a.m., Prof. Hoveyda will give a talk on "New Concepts, Catalysts, Reagents and Methods for Enantioselective Synthesis."

PETER LICENCE (Ph.D. 2000, Univ. of Wales) currently leads the Nottingham Ionic Liquid Laboratory and has been part the chemistry faculty of the University of Nottingham (UK) since 2005. Following a 5-year postdoctoral training with Martyn Poliakoff in the field of high-pressure chemistry and supercritical fluids at Nottingham, he was appointed lecturer in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering in 2006 and promoted to the role of Associate Professor and Reader at the end of 2008. The main focus of his research, now exceeding 80 publications, is the application of a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems related to the use and scale-up of ionic liquid based systems in ultra high vacuum. The implementation of green chemistry and sustainability are key concepts that run throughout both his program and teaching interests. As part of his extracurricular activities, he is committed to science communication and wider public engagement. For example, he has delivered lectures on the topic of green chemistry across Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania; he has co-presented a series of YouTube based science videos (Periodic Videos); and he sat on the advisory board of the Green Chemistry Network and the EPSRC Grand Challenge Network. On May 10, 2012 at 2 p.m., Prof. Licence will give a talk on "An Enigma - Can XPS Be Used to Decipher Inter-Ion Communication in Ionic Liquids?"

A native of Hungary, ISTVÁN HORVÁTH (Ph.D. 1979, Veszprém Univ.) is currently a Chair Professor of Chemistry and the Head of the Department of Biology and Chemistry at the City University of Hong Kong. He first acquired 11 years of industrial experience at Exxon Corporate Research (Annandale, NJ) before re-entering academia at the Institute of Chemistry in Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (1999-2009). While always maintaining a research focus on sustainable chemistry, he is highly involved and very influential in the now enormous field of fluorous solvents and technologies, having received the First Fluorous Technology Award in 2005. To date, he is the author of numerous books and publications (>150) covering such topics as homogeneous transition metal catalysis, conversion of biomass into platform chemicals and in situ spectroscopy. His expertise is also sought after on many different levels: he is heavily involved in editorial boards of journals (Chemical Reviews, Organometallic Synthesis, Dalton Transactions, ChemSusChem, Encyclopedia of Catalysis, Green Chemistry) as well as in organizing committees and review panels throughout the world. Since 2007, he is a member of the scientific advisory board of CatchBio, a research program aimed at boosting innovation in the Netherlands in the field of catalytic biomass conversion. On May 10, 2012 at 3 p.m., Prof. Horváth will give a talk on "Sustainable Conversion of Carbohydrates to Chemicals: Do we appreciate the Mechanistic Limitations?"

MILTON HEARN (Ph.D. 1970 and D.Sc. 1983, Univ. of Adelaide) is currently Professor of Chemistry at Monash University and Director of the Special Research Center for Green Chemistry initiated by the Australian Research Council to foster best practices in research, innovation and training. Over the past decades, he has pioneered a variety of methods for biochemical analysis and separation in biomedical research and biotechnology as well as the characterization of protein hormones and growth factors in normal and disease states. As senior author of over 550 scientific publications, several books and 32 patents, he has significantly contributed, through the novel application of the concepts of green chemistry, to the discovery of novel technologies now widely used by the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Throughout his distinguished international career, he holds the unique distinction of having received 5 prestigious awards from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute: the H. G. Smith Medal (1998), the Applied Research Medal (2003), the Analytical Chemistry Medal (2005), the R. K. Murphy Medal (2007) and the Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2010). He is also a recipient of the Centennial Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia (2003). In addition, he has actively interacted with industry and governments, may it be as a team leader in technology transfer projects or as a committee member of major funding programs, or again as a policy advisor and editorial member of nine scientific journals. On May 10, 2012 at 4:15 p.m., Prof. Hearn will give a talk on "Development and Application of Efficient New Catalysts for Oxidative and Acid-Catalyzed Reactions Based on Green Chemical Principles."

CGCC POSTER SESSION (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

    View final list of posters here
    View directions to get to Jean Coutu Building


  Posters can be attached to a 6"x4" wide panel; pins will be provided.
  Only CGCC students can present a poster during the event.
  Posters should be installed before noon on Thursday, May 10, 2012 and picked up at the end of the day
  Authors are requested to be available for questions and discussions during the poster session.

  If you would like to present a poster (even if submission is closed), please contact us immediately.


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