EOAS, Chemistry researchers recognized by Canadian royal society

Douglas Oldenburg, a world-renowned geophysicist, and Mark MacLachlan, a leading Canadian supramolecular materials chemist, have been recognized with honours from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Oldenburg, elected a fellow of the RSC, is cited by the Society as "the world’s leading developer of geophysical inversion methods and software for quantitative interpretation of geophysical data acquired by the mineral industry." Software developed by Oldenburg is used by hundreds of scientists in industry and academia, and his work has set the standard by which similar developments are judged.

MacLachlan, recipient of the RSC's 2013 Rutherford Memorial Media in Chemistry, designs new substances that organize into complex, functional structures. His lab has developed molecular capsules, nanotubes and 3-D materials for hydrogen storage. Most recently, his team created porous glass films with helical holes that cause them to reflect light. These glasses, with tunable reflective colours, may be used in coatings, sensors or membranes.

Seven UBC researchers were elected to the RSC in 2013, the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences in Canada.

"Members of the RSC are proud to welcome into their ranks the 84 newly elected Fellows whose outstanding work has attracted the attention of their peers in a highly competitive environment," said Yolande Grisé, President of the RSC. "It's also a great pleasure to extend our warmest congratulations to the award winners who have distinguished themselves in 2013 by winning the highly coveted awards offered by the three academies of the RSC."

This year's new fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC during a ceremony on November 16, 2013 at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Banff, Alberta.


Chris Balma
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