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CNC-IUPAC Travel Awards

CNC-IUPAC established a program of travel awards in 1982 to enable young scientists who are currently working at a Canadian institution to present their research at IUPAC-sponsored conferences outside of Canada. Applicants should be within 10 years of having obtained their PhD. The awards are sponsored jointly by CNC-IUPAC’s company associates and the Gendron Fund, which was established in memory of a noted Canadian chemist who organized a highly successful IUPAC congress in Vancouver, BC in 1981. Although many IUPAC member countries have national committees that handle liaison with IUPAC, to the best of our knowledge, the Canadian National Committee is the only one that operates a travel awards program.


CNC-IUPAC Travel Awards for 2019

The Canadian National Committee for IUPAC (CNC/IUPAC) established a program of Travel Awards for young Canadian scientists in 1982. These Awards are financed jointly by the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Gendron Fund and by CNC/IUPAC’s Company Associates (

Criteria: The criteria used in making these Awards include evidence of an independent research program, a publication record of high quality and the ability to attract research funding (internal and external).

Purpose of the Awards: The purpose of these Awards is to help young Canadian scientists and engineers within 10 years of having gained their Ph.D. who are currently working at a Canadian institution, present a paper at an IUPAC-sponsored conference outside of Canada.

Number of Awards: Since the funds available for these Awards depend on prevailing interest rates, the number made each year varies but is usually about four. The CNC-IUAC Travel Award may be received only once.

Amount of the Award: Up to $2,500, paid in arrears after travel-expense receipts and a 150-word report on the conference have been received by the Secretary.

How to Apply: There is no application form. Applications should include: 1) a short Curriculum Vitae, 2) two Letters of Reference, including one from someone not at the applicant’s university, research institution or company. 3) a cover letter outlining the name and location of the conference, a copy or link to the conference circular and the reasons why this particular conference fits your research goals.

It is up to the applicant to ensure that his or her request is supported by adequate documentation.

Applications should be submitted as one pdf file to the Chair of the Awards Committee: Professor Mark Workentin at Letters of reference should be sent directly to Dr. Workentin by e-mail. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail; if acknowledgement is not received within a few days, contact Dr. Workentin (by e-mail or phone 519-661-2111 Ext. 86319).

Eligible Conferences: A list of IUPAC-sponsored conferences for 2019 can be found on the IUPAC web-site ( and also in Chemistry International, the IUPAC magazine. Awards are made to attend the conference identified in the application, and no changes are allowed without written permission from the Chair.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: 19 October 2018. Winners will be announced after the December meeting of CNC/IUPAC, and thereafter all enquiries should be directed to the Secretary.

Secretary and Member of CNC-IUPACDr. Shan Zou, Measurement Science and Standards, National Research Council Canada, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6 Tel: 613-949-9675 National Research Council, Ottawa, ON,  K1A 0R6.   Email:


2018 Award Winners

Four Emerging Canadian Chemists have received awards to participate in 2018 IUPAC sponsored international conferences as part of the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) travel awards program.

Congratulations to the four winners of the 2018 CNC-IUPAC Travel Awards:

Prof. Jeffrey J. Warren, Simon Fraser University (27th IUPAC International Symposium on Photochemistry in Dublin, Ireland. July 8-14, 2018)

Jeff Warren earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Washington State University before undertaking Ph.D. research at the University of Washington with James M. Mayer. Following completion of his Ph.D. in 2010, he moved to the California Institute of Technology to carry out postdoctoral research with Harry B. Gray. From 2010 to 2013, Jeff was a U.S. National Institutes of Health Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2013, he began his independent career at Simon Fraser University. The Warren group is investigating the redox chemistry of small molecules for applications in renewable energy and artificial protein models for reactions of redox active amino acids. Jeff is delighted to be a CNC-IUPAC Travel Awardee and he will use this award to attend the 27th IUPAC International Symposium on Photochemistry in Dublin, Ireland.

Prof. Michael J. Katz, Memorial University (43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Sendai, Japan. July 30-August 4, 2018)

The research program of Dr. Katz is centered around porous material. Presently, the focus within the research team is on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). MOFs are porous materials formed via the reaction of an inorganic clusters/cations and an organic bridging ligand. The scaffolding formed from this reaction leaves unused space inside the material. The overarching goal of the research team is to form MOFs that will be featured in separation science. To achieve this goal, the team examines the synthesis of MOFs, the properties of MOFs, and the interaction of MOFs with guest molecules. A recent example of our work examines how a new class of photo-switching MOFs exhibits a change in retention time depending on the state of the photo isomer. With the 2018 CNC/IUPAC Travel Award, Dr. Katz will travel to the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Sendai Japan.

Prof. Sophie Rousseaux, University of Toronto - St. George Campus (XXII International Conference on Organic Synthesis in Florence, Italy. September 16-21, 2018)

Dr. Sophie Rousseaux obtained her PhD in 2012 from the University of Ottawa working in the area of palladium catalysis under the guidance of Prof. Keith Fagnou and Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald (MIT). In 2012, she moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof. Harry L. Anderson on the self-assembly of porphyrin nanorings as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow and Glasstone Research Fellow. During her time at Oxford, Sophie was also a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College. In July 2015, Sophie joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor where she is also a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair since 2016. Her group’s research interests include the development of nickel-catalyzed reactions and the use of homoenolates as reactive intermediates in organic synthesis. With the support of the CNC/IUPAC travel award, Sophie will attend the 22nd International Conference on Organic Synthesis in Florence, Italy from 16-21 September 2018.

Prof. Yuri Bolshan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (XXII International Conference on Organic Synthesis in Florence, Italy. September 16-21, 2018)

Dr. Yuri Bolshan received his BSc Honours Co-op at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He then investigated transition metal-catalyzed transformations in Prof. Robert Batey’s group at the University of Toronto. After completing his PhD, Dr. Bolshan joined the laboratory of Prof. Tohru Fukuyama at the University of Tokyo as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow. In Japan Dr. Bolshan worked on the total synthesis of oxycodone. Subsequently, he joined the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) where he was involved in the design of chemical probes for epigenetic proteins. After a brief term at Dalton Pharma Services Dr. Bolshan started his independent academic career at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2012. His current research is focused on the development of novel Brønsted acid-catalyzed reactions of organoboranes. Yuro will attend the 22nd International Conference on Organic Synthesis in Florence, Italy from 16-21 September 2018 with the support of CNC-IUPAC.

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