Three professors receive awards for outstanding contributions to chemistry

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Chemistry professor Sergey Krylov
Sergey Krylov

York University chemistry Professor Sergey Krylov, Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry, is the recipient of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Maxxam Award. Presented by Maxxam Analytics, a single award is given annually to an academic or industrial scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada.

“I am very honoured to be chosen for the 2014 Maxxam Award. It’s a great distinction for myself, my colleagues and collaborators,” said Krylov.

Krylov used his expertise in physical chemistry and applied mathematics to create the general theory of kinetic capillary electrophoresis. He also contributed to the field of analytical chemistry through training more than 80 students and postdoctoral fellows currently working in the Canadian industry and academia.

Chemistry professor Barry Lever
Barry Lever

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus A. B. P. (Barry) Lever is the recipient of the CSC’s 2014 E.W.R. Steacie Award, which is a career award presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada. The CSC also held a symposium in Calgary in 2012 to honour Lever’s achievements, and a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry will be published in his honour later this year.

Lever’s Inorganic Electronic Spectroscopy (1968, 1984) textbooks have played a crucial role for more than 40 years in training students, globally, in electronic spectroscopy. He is the founding and continuing editor of Coordination Chemistry Reviews and established the very successful “Inorganic Discussion Weekend” in Ontario, now in its 47th year. His research focuses on the electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of metal complexes accompanied by in-depth theoretical analysis.

“With most of my Canadian career, some 47 years spent at York University, this award attests to the high quality of the undergrads, grads and postdoctoral fellows who have worked with me over this long stretch of time,” said Lever.

Chemistry researcher Arturo Orellana
Arturo Orellana

York Chemistry Professor Arturo Orellana, recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Award for Organic Chemistry in 2012, has been selected as a recipient for the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award for 2014 – an award given annually to promising young professors at an early stage in their careers.

Krylov and Lever will be presented their respective awards at the CSC’s upcoming Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver.