Plenary Lectures

Teri Odom, Northwestern University

Alán Aspuru-GuzikBio: Teri W. Odom is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. She is an expert in designing structured nanoscale materials that exhibit extraordinary size and shape-dependent optical properties. Odom has pioneered a suite of multi-scale nanofabrication tools that have resulted in plasmon-based nanoscale lasers that exhibit tunable color, flat optics that can manipulate light at the nanoscale and beat the diffraction limit, and hierarchical substrates that show controlled wetting and super-hydrophobicity. She has also invented a class of biological nanoconstructs that are facilitating unique insight into nanoparticle-cell interactions and that show superior imaging and therapeutic properties because of their gold nanostar shape.  

Odom is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and is an OSA Senior Member. She has received numerous other honors and awards, including the ACS National Award in Surface Science; a Research Corporation TREE Award; a U.S. Department of Defense Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship; the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll; the Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metals Institute; a Blavatnik Young Scientist Finalist in Chemistry and Physical Sciences and Engineering; a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University; the ACS Akron Section Award; an National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Pioneer Award; the MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award; the National Fresenius Award from Phi Lambda Upsilon and the ACS; the Rohm and Haas New Faculty Award; an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; a DuPont Young Investigator Grant; a NSF CAREER Award; the ExxonMobil Solid State Chemistry Faculty Fellowship; and a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Odom was founding Chair of the Noble Metal Nanoparticles Gordon Research Conference (2010) and founding Vice-Chair of Lasers in Micro, Nano, Bio Systems (2018). She is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Nano, Materials Horizons, ChemNanoMat, and Bioconjugate Chemistry. She was founding Associate Editor for Chemical Science (2009-2013), founding Executive Editor of ACS Photonics (2013 - 2019), and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters. Odom’s Personal Story of Discovery was featured by ACS Publications.

Abstract: Abstract to come.

Jonathan AbbattUniversity of Toronto
CIC Medal Winner

Jonathan AbbattBio: Jon Abbatt is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.  He is an atmospheric chemist, working at the interface of chemistry and atmospheric science in both the laboratory and the field. His focus is on studies of the fundamental chemistry underlying environmental phenomena, including atmospheric ozone, urban haze, and the roles of aerosol particles in cloud formation and climate.  In the past few years, his attention has been largely on the chemistry of Arctic aerosol, wildfire emissions, and the indoor environment.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Geophysical Union.

Abstract: Atmospheric Multiphase Chemistry:  From Stratospheric Ozone to Climate Impacts to Skin Oil Oxidation 

The majority of molecules in the atmosphere are gases with only relatively few present in the condensed phase, in aerosol particles or cloud droplets.  And yet, aerosols and clouds play a disproportionate role in important environmental phenomena, such as stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and urban air pollution.  The chemistry that occurs between the gaseous atmosphere and its condensed-phase components is referred to as atmospheric multiphase chemistry.  The goal of this talk is to demonstrate the importance of understanding this chemistry at a fundamental level, using examples taken from the atmospheric aging of wildfire emissions, urban air pollution, and the processes that control the chemical exposure we experience in the indoor environment. This field offers rich research opportunities for exploring the coupling of chemistry to various aspects of the earth system. 

Alán Aspuru-GuzikUniversity of Toronto

Alán Aspuru-GuzikBio: Alán Aspuru-Guzik’s research lies at the interface of chemistry with computer science and physics. He works in the integration of robotics, machine learning and high-throughput quantum chemistry for the development of materials acceleration platforms. These “self-driving laboratories” promise to accelerate the rate of scientific discovery, with applications to clean energy and optoelectronic materials. Alán also develops quantum computer algorithms for quantum machine learning and has pioneered quantum algorithms for the simulation of matter. He is jointly appointed as a Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is a faculty member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a CIFAR Lebovic Fellow. Previously, he was a full professor at Harvard University. Alán is also a co-founder of Zapata Computing and Kebotix, two early-stage ventures in quantum computing and self-driving laboratories respectively.

Abstract: The Materials for Tomorrow, Today 

Abstract to come.

Bruce LennoxMcGill University
Montreal Medal Winner

Alán Aspuru-GuzikBio: R.B. Lennox is the Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry) at McGill University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and the CIC. He served as President of the CSC and as Chair of the CIC, and currently serves as the Program Chair of the 2021 CCCE/IUPAC Conference. 

He is an award-winning teacher and has had a career---long interest in teaching and learning innovations in Organic Chemistry, Advanced Materials, and Nanoscience. His research, focuses on the design and synthesis of nanomaterials. He has also championed Green Chemistry and sustainability sciences both at McGill and across Canada.

Prior to his current position of Dean of Science, Lennox served as the Chair of the Dept. of Chemistry, lead of McGill’s Transformative Research and Innovation white paper, and co-Chair of the Principal’s Task Force on Respect and Inclusion in Campus Life. He currently serves as the Academic Lead of the $700M transformation of Montreal’s former Royal Victoria Hospital into an international centre for Sustainability Sciences and Public Policy. External to McGill, he has served as Chair of the NSERC Chemistry Evaluation Group as well as a member of grant panels for the National Research Council of Canada and Science Foundation Ireland. 

Abstract: Still (Self) Assembling After All These Years

Molecular self assembly produces a vast array of nanoscale to macroscale structures.  A number of the self assembled  systems explored in our research, based on surfactants,  lipids, polymers, and nanomaterials  will be described.  The resulting structures, including monolayer liposomes, 2D block copolymer micelles, bicelles,  self assembled monolayers, and supported bilayer membranes will be discussed in the context of solutions to complex problems in enzymology, electrochemical biosensors, nanocomposite materials, and neuronal repair. The range and impact of these applications is however unforeseeable if only the structure of the building blocks and not their  eventual self assembled structures are considered.  But  the metaphor of self assembly is not limited to molecules and nanomaterials. Indeed,  assembling people into purposeful structures including organizations, societies, research centres, and institutes enables entirely new solutions to the many challenges encountered at the intersection of technology and society.  Examples of some of these organizations and their ability to make impact will be described.