Warren Piers, FCIC, University of Calgary

2014

Warren Piers obtained his BSc at the University of British Cilumbia in 1984 and continued there as a NSERC Postgraduate Scholar under the tutelage of Michael Fryzuk, graduating with a PhD in 1988. He then spent two years at the California Institute of Technology as an NSERC and Killam Postdoctoral Fellow with John Bercaw. From 1990 to 1995, Piers was an assistant professor at the University of Guelph. He then moved back to western Canada to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary as an associate professor. In 2000, he was promoted and appointed to the S. Robert Blair Chair in Polymerization Catalysis, and in 2013, was named a Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Mechanisms of Homogeneous Catalysis. Piers’ research interests include the development of synthetic applications of perfluoroaryl boranes, mechanistic organometallic chemistry in catalysis, and the development of novel boron-based organometallic materials. His work is described in over 180 independent scholarly publications and 15 patents. In addition to recognition through several national awards in Canada, in 2009 Piers became a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.