Awards & Achievements
2003 Recipient - Keith Fagnou
Prof. Keith Fagnou, a member of the University of Ottawa Chemistry Department, will be one of the guests of honour at a reception today in Toronto marking his selection as a 2003 winner of the Polanyi Prize.
The prize, awarded to five young Ontario researchers, is worth $15,000.
Prof. Fagnou's research focuses on improving the efficiency in the preparation of complex molecules from simple precursors. These processes are integral in the production of everything from medicines to plastics; consequently, improvements in efficiency will have broad implications in resource management and in the establishment of practices that promote sustainable development. As such, Prof. Fagnou's work is part of the “green chemistry” or “environmentally benign” chemistry movement.
He is also interested in integrating knowledge from inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and other related fields to solve long-standing problems in the preparation of medicinally important molecules.
Earlier this year, Prof. Fagnou received $262,782 in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.