Michael Organ

University of Ottawa
2016

Michael Organ received his PhD from the University of Guelph under the tutelage of Gordon L. Lange in 1992. He then was an NSERC Postdoctoral Scholar with Barry M. Trost at Stanford. After many years at York University, he is now the director of the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation at the University of Ottawa. His group’s effort in catalysis has led to the creation of a broadening series of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-based catalysts (coined PEPPSI) that have been commercialized and are used widely at the discovery and manufacturing scales. Showing breadth, his group also pioneered the concept of microwave-assisted, continuous flow organic synthesis. He started and has run two spin-out companies successfully since 1998. Organ is a Xerox Foundation Fellow, a Merck-Frosst Fellow, a JSPS Fellow (Japan), an Agilent Laboratories Fellow, was profiled in Angewandte Chemie, was appointed to the editorial board of Chemistry, A European Journal, and was awarded an NSERC Accelerator Supplement. His research on the structure of alkyl- and aryl organozincs as it relates to the mechanism of Negishi Reaction was deemed one of the most notable discoveries in synthetic chemsitry in 2014 by Chemical and Engineering News.