Cathleen M. Crudden
Cathleen Crudden obtained her BSc and MSc from the University of Toronto with Dr Mark Lautens, and her PhD jointly with Dr Howard Alper at the University of Ottawa and Dr Shinji Murai at Osaka University, Japan. Following this, she took up an NSERC PDF with Prof. Scott Denmark at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She then became an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where she was awarded a Research and Innovation Award and a UNB Merit Award, and received the first university Research Professorship. In 2002, she took up the position of Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, where she was awarded a Premier’s Research and Excellence Award and a Chancellor’s Research Award. One of her publications was in the top 10 most cited papers of the year for all of science in Canada for the year 2006. In 2012 she was appointed Research Professor at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules in Nagoya, Japan. She has won numerous research awards, including the Clara Benson Award for the top female chemist in Canada and an NSERC Accelerator Award. Her diverse research program includes materials chemistry, organic chemistry, catalysis and chirality. She has been a Visiting Professor at the Research Center for Materials Science in Nagoya University, in the laboratories of Prof. Ryoji Noyori (joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2001). In 2008, she was awarded a Global Center of Excellence Professorship at Kyoto University. She was also awarded a Visiting Professorship by the Catalan Government in Tarragona, Spain, in 2007. Cathleen was President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) in 2012–13. Prior to becoming CSC President, she served on the Board of Directors for two terms representing the Catalysis Division. She also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for ACCN for 10 years. She has been a member of the organizing committee of Pacifichem for the past 7 years and served as area coordinator for materials and inorganic chemistry.