2002 Catalysis Award of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry to Professor Michael Baird

CANADIAN CATALYSIS AWARD: The 2002 Catal­y­sis Award of the Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Chem­istry has been giv­en to Pro­fes­sor Michael Baird of Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty, Kingston Ontario. Spon­sored by the Cana­di­an Catal­y­sis Foun­da­tion, this prize is giv­en in even-num­bered years to a researcher who has con­tributed to the advance­ment of catal­y­sis in Cana­da. Michael Baird is an organometal­lic chemist who com­bines research in fun­da­men­tal organo tran­si­tion met­al chem­istry with appli­ca­tions to organ­ic syn­the­ses and catal­y­sis. Most recent­ly, Pro­fes­sor Baird has been explor­ing the uti­liza­tion of met­al­locene-like organometal­lic com­pounds as homo­ge­neous catalysts/initiators for olefin poly­mer­iza­tion, which show inter­est­ing sol­vent-specifc stere­o­chem­i­cal behav­ior, and a wide range of poly­mer­iza­tion path­ways for var­i­ous monomer sys­tems.