Doug Stephan, born in 1953 in Hamilton Ontario, attended McMaster University and earned a PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 1980. He held a NATO postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University under R.H. Holm. In 1982 he joined the faculty at University of Windsor, where he was subsequently promoted through the ranks, ultimately being named University Professor in 2002. In January 2008, he took up a position as Professor of Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Catalysis and New Materials at the University of Toronto. Author of over 240 scientific articles, his research interest focuses on the synthesis and applications of transition metal and main group compounds, including early-late heterobimetallics, Ti-S, Zr-P and Zr=PR chemistry, catalysts for dehydrocoupling of phosphines to polyphosphines as well as new catalysts for the polymerization of ethylene. This latter work resulted in numerous patents and is currently in commercial practice. More recently Stephan's group has uncovered the concept of "frustrated Lewis pairs", the first metal-free systems to activate H2 among numerous other small molecules. Stephan's awards include the 2001 Alcan Award (Canadian Society for Chemistry) the 2003 NSERC of Canada Synergy Award and a 2003 Humboldt Research Award (Germany). In 2004 he became the first Canadian to receive the Ciapetta Lectureship (2004, North American Catalysis Society) and in 2005 Stephan was awarded the LeSueur Memorial Award from the Society for Chemical Industry. Most recently he was awarded a prestigious Killam Research Fellowship for 2009-2011.
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