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Professor Mark MacLachlan honoured with National Award

Chemistry faculty member Mark MacLachlan has been awarded a 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) honour that recognizes some of the nation's most promising scientific talent.

According to NSERC, “few working in the field are more imaginative or innovative than the University of British Columbia’s Mark MacLachlan, whose research breakthroughs have produced truly novel materials”. Mark MacLachlan has made significant contributions to the field of supramolecular chemistry, which focuses on molecules whose shape and properties allow them to self-assemble into new materials.

Alongside some of Canada’s top researchers in science and engineering, MacLachlan received his award at a recent ceremony in Ottawa, hosted by the Governor General of Canada.

NSERC’s E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship honours the memory of Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada. Steacie Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research. Dr. MacLachlan will receive a grant of up to $250,000, allowing him to concentrate solely on his research for the next two years.

Photo Credit: NSERC, 2012

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