Barrer Award 2011 Winner

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Geoffrey Ozin
University of Toronto

Awarded for his major contributions to fundamental scientific & technological advances in the field of nanoporous materials.

About the Winner

Professor Geoffrey A Ozin born in London England, educated at London, Oxford and Southampton Universities, now Canada Research Chair University of Toronto, is a founding architect of the rapidly emerging field of nanoporous materials, the driver of many of today's nanotechnologies, a field whose applications are beginning to benefit and impact humanity.

Global initiatives in nanomaterials that underwent explosive growth since 1990, the acclaimed engine of the 2010 nanotechnology economy, have been inspired, initiated, and enabled by his creative contributions to the field. 

He was one of the first to identify the importance of "materials filled with nanoscale holes" using a synthesis paradigm for making them with compositions that traverse the periodic table, display insulating and semiconducting properties, and provide pore sizes from sub-nanometer "zeolites" to nanometer "mesoporous materials" to sub-micrometer "photonic crystal" length scales. 

Professor Ozin predicted how nanoporous materials would enable the nanotechnology revolution well ahead of his peers in two visionary highly cited papers, 1989 Angew Chemie Int. Ed. "Advanced Zeolite Materials Science" and 1992 Advanced Materials "Nanochemistry - Synthesis in Diminishing Dimensions". These prescient papers, in which he laid conceptual foundations for advanced applications of nanoporous materials beyond the traditional uses in catalysis, ion-exchange and gas separation, inspired a global research initiative exploring new directions in nanoporous materials chemistry.  

More than two decades later, his work in this field continues to enrich and expand upon what is possible and his globally successful introductory undergraduate and advanced graduate textbooks on Nanochemistry serve to excite students around the world to get involved in the Nanotechnology revolution.