2014 Award Winners
Congratulations to the four winners of the 2014 CNC-IUPAC Travel Awards:
Belinda Heyne, University of Calgary
Kagan Kerman, University of Toronto
Kagan Kerman obtained his PhD from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2005 working with Prof. Eiichi Tamiya. His dissertation examined the development of nanomaterial-based electrochemical DNA biosensors. He then pursued postdoctoral studies with Prof. Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Western Ontario studying electrochemical characterization of ferrocene-conjugated peptides. In 2008, he joined the faculty at University of Toronto Scarborough where his bioanalytical chemistry research program focuses on the development of novel electrochemical bioassays that would facilitate drug discovery. His group is currently studying the electrochemistry of peptides and enzymes related to Alzheimer’s disease. The CNC-IUPAC Travel Award will fund Dr. Kerman’s participation in the International Conference on Modern Physical Chemistry for Advanced Materials (MPC’14) in Kharkiv, Ukraine in June 2014.
Jason Masuda, Saint Mary's University
Jason Masuda obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Lethbridge working with Prof. René Boeré on low-coordinate, phosphorus-based ligands. In 2005 he graduated with a PhD from the University of Windsor working with Prof. Doug Stephan on organometallic and main group chemistry. Jason then worked as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Riverside with Prof. Guy Bertrand on carbene chemistry, followed by a short stint at Los Alamos National Laboratory working with organometallic lanthanide compounds with Dr. Jacqueline Kiplinger. In 2008 he joined Saint Mary's University and is now an associate professor. His research is currently focused on main group organometallic chemistry as well as the preparation of stable main group compounds and radicals featuring novel bonding patterns and reactivity. With the support of the CNC-IUPAC Travel Award, Dr. Masuda will attend the 26th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry in Sapporo, Japan in July 2014.
Pavle Radovanovic, University of Waterloo