Queen's University

Chemistry professor awarded Killam Research Fellowship

 
2010-03-16

Queen's Chemistry professor Philip Jessop is one of eight outstanding Canadian scientists and scholars to be named a new Killam Research Fellow for 2010.

The fellowship, valued at $70,000 a year for two years, is among Canada's most distinguished research awards, and it will help fund Dr. Jessop’s research on “switchable chemistry.”

"I am delighted that Dr. Jessop has been recognized for his leading edge research in switchable materials through this prestigious award,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe. “Dr. Jessop has established an outstanding reputation for excellence in his field and his contribution to academic research continues to grow. This is a great honour for Dr. Jessop and Queen’s is proud of this achievement.”

Dr. Jessop’s project will examine the design of switchable materials (materials that change their properties on command) in order to reduce the environmental impact of human activities. The research will explore a number of areas including a method to remove contaminants from water, switchable solvents to extract vegetable oils from seeds instead of using the current energy-intensive distillation process, and switchable paints that would harden on the wall, not in the can.  

Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, Killam Research Fellowships allow Canada's best scientists and scholars to devote two years to full-time research. Recipients are chosen by the Killam Selection Committee, which comprises 15 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines.

For more information on the Killam Research Fellowships visit www.canadacouncil.ca.

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