Plenary Lectures

Zhenan Bao, Stanford University, USA

Zhenan BaoBio: Zhenan Bao is a K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, and by courtesy, a Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Material Science and Engineering and a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. founded the Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR) and serves as the faculty director. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, Bao was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies from 1995-2004. Bao has over 400 refereed publications and over 60 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >120. She pioneered a number of design concepts for organic electronic materials. Her work has enabled flexible electronic circuits and displays. In her recent work, Bao has developed skin-inspired organic electronic materials, which resulted in unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.

Abstract: Skin-Inspired Organic Electronic Materials and Devices

Skin is the body’s largest organ, and is responsible for the transduction of a vast amount of information. This conformable, stretchable and biodegradable material simultaneously collects signals from external stimuli that translate into information such as pressure, pain, and temperature. The development of electronic materials, inspired by the complexity of this organ is a tremendous, unrealized materials challenge. However, the advent of organic-based electronic materials may offer a potential solution to this longstanding problem. In this talk, I will describe the design of organic electronic materials to mimic skin functions. These new materials enabled unprecedented performance or functions in medical devices, energy storage and environmental applications.

Raychelle Burks, St. Edward's University, USA

Raychelle BurksBio: After a few years working in a crime lab, Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. An analytical chemist, Burks enjoys the challenge of developing detection methods for a wide-variety of analytes including regulated drugs and explosives. Burks' research efforts are focused on the design, fabrication, and analysis of colorimetry sensors that are field portable. To maximize portability, Burks works on utilizing smart phones as scientitic analytical devices. A chemistry enthusiast, Burks hopes to ignite her students' appreciation of chemistry through innovative projects, multi-media education tools, and probably far too many pop culture references. Burks helped create and organize SciPop Talks!, a popular talk series blending science and pop culture. Burks is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science, ACS Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, and at genre conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon. This, and more information about Burks is available here.

Burks will giver her Plenary Lecture to start the "Making Canadian Chemistry Stronger Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" special session, by highlighting aspects of her career as a researcher, science communicator and advocate.

Abstract: Interdisciplinary & Intersectional: A Chemist's Journey
Forensic chemist. Black feminist. Along my path to becoming a professional scientist, I was expected to choose, putting science first and then the other. This othering is a false choice and antithetical to the interdisciplinary scientist that I am as a forensic chemist, while also not aligning to my values as a black feminist with an intersectional eye. To be interdisciplinary is to integrate the totality of multiple disciplines to answer questions beyond the border of a single discipline – questions and their answers residing in a shared space. Intersectionality is framework for analyzing how oppressions associated with identity are overlapping, sometimes uniquely so, requiring consideration from shared space. My life, scholarship, teaching, and service resides in shared spaces. In this talk, I will discuss how shared spaces shaped me, my professional practice, and how putting shared spaces first makes me better at science.

Linda Nazar, O.C., University of Waterloo
CIC Medal Winner

Bio: Linda Nazar received her BSc in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1986, and was an Exxon postdoctoral fellow at the Exxon Research Labs in Annandale, N.J. She then joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo where she is a chemistry professor, Senior Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials and Distinguished Research Professor. Nazar is known for her research on electrochemical energy storage with topics that span Li-ion batteries and “beyond Li-ion”, solid state ionics, and the role that nanotechnology plays in materials science. She has co-authored over 230 publications garnering over 30,000 citations on the WoS. She is on the Web of Science’s 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Highly Cited Research Lists, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Nazar is currently a member of the Joint Centre for Energy Storage Research (USA), and the BASF Academic Electrochemistry and Battery Network (Germany). She has spent sabbaticals at UCLA; the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials and the CNRS in France; and she was a Moore Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous international awards including the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society, the August-Wilhem von Hofman Lectureship, the International Battery Association Award and the International Automotive Lithium Battery Award.

Abstract: Electrochemical Energy Storage For A Sustainable Energy Future
The widespread integration of renewable, intermittent energy sources such as wind or solar is dependent upon the development of efficient large-scale energy storage systems for load-levelling the electric grid. Similarly, the acceptance of electric vehicles hinges on the availability of intermediate scale, safe, low-cost energy storage batteries that can provide long driving ranges. In this context, it is widely acknowledged that traditional Li-ion batteries are starting to approach their limits. This talk will present a perspective on the challenges, and opportunities for future strategies for electrochemical energy storage.  The topics will encompass promising new developments in Li metal batteries, solid state batteries, holistic approaches towards electrolytes for Li-sulfur cells, and advances in Li-oxygen batteries that double the cell capacity and provide close-to-theoretical reversible electron transfer. Such step-changes require tailor-designed materials for the electrodes, and new electrolyte strategies. These topics will be the subject of the presentation along with our unfolding new understanding of the underlying chemistries.

Cathleen Crudden, FCIC, Queen's University
Montreal Medal Winner

Bio: Cathleen Crudden, FCIC, obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and PhD at the University of Ottawa, part of which was carried out at Osaka University in Japan. Crudden began as an assistant professor at University of New Brunswick in 1996 and was granted tenure in 2000. She took up the position of Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University.  In her first year at Queen’s, Crudden was awarded a Premier’s Research and Excellence Award and a Chancellor’s Research Award. She was awarded one of only 8 NSERC Accelerator Awards given in all areas of Chemistry in Canada, a Catalysis Society Lecture Award and is P.I. on a $1.6 million CREATE grant. She has been awarded visiting research professorships in Spain and Japan at Nagoya and Kyoto Universities, respectively.  She is a Fellow of the CIC.

Crudden served on the CSC Board of Directors as the director for the Catalysis, Surface Science and Protective Coatings Divisions and in 2012 as CSC president. She has also served on the Editorial Board for ACCN. She served as a member of the Editorial Board for the Canadian Journal of Chemistry; and;Chemical Record, a journal of the Japan Chemical Journal Forum. Crudden was one of four Canadian representatives on the organizing committee for the 2010 and 2015 Pacifichem congress.

Abstract: Learn, listen, lead: The importance of being involved in your community

In this presentation, I will discuss my vision for becoming involved in society. I will include the challenges that taking a leadership role brings, counterbalanced with the advantages that accrue.