Sponsored by the CIC Physical, Theoretical and Computation Chemistry Division, the Keith Laidler Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of physical chemistry while working in Canada, recognizing early achievement in his/her independent research career.
The 2016 winner of the Keith Laidler Award is:
University of Calgary
Venkataraman Thangadurai is a full professor of chemistry and associate director of CAESR-Tech (Calgary Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion Research Technologies) at the University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received his BSc from Sacred Heart College in Tirupattur, India in 1989 and his MSc from Muthurangam Government Arts College in Vellore, India in 1991. He received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1999 and did his PDF at the University of Kiel, Germany. He received a prestigious PDF fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany. In 2004, he received his Habilitation degree from the University of Kiel before starting his independent career in Calgary in 2005. His research activities include developing novel solid electrolytes and electrodes for advanced solid oxide fuel cells, all-solid-state Li batteries, and gas sensors. His work has resulted in the development of a wide range of ceramic electrolytes, with high voltage stability of 6 V/Li that are able to conduct lithium ions for advanced robust and safe all-solid state lithium ion batteries. Using innovative solid-state reactions, he has developed novel ceramic proton conductors and oxide ion electrolytes, and electrodes that display high conductivities at low temperatures and are able to work with impure fuels.