Federico Rosei, professor and director of the INRS's Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications Centre, has just received yet another major honour--the 2011 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry. Granted by the Royal Society of Canada, the award recognizes Dr. Rosei's outstanding contributions to major breakthroughs in the fields of molecular self-assembly and organic nanoelectonics since he arrived in Canada.
Dr. Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. His brilliant work in nanomaterials and organic electronics has been recognized with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's prestigious 2010 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, which annually honours 25 leading young researchers from all over the world. He was made a fellow of the United Kingdom's Institute of Physics and Institute of Nanotechnology in 2010 and is professor-at-large with the University of Western Australia for 2010.
The Rutherford medals were established in memory of Lord Rutherford of Nelson, a great pioneer in nuclear physics, to recognize outstanding research in any branch of physics and chemistry. Each award is accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize, and preference is given to candidates under age forty in the year of the award.
Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) is a graduate and postgraduate research and training university. One of Canada's leading research universities in terms of grants per professor, INRS brings together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and postdoctoral fellows in its centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. INRS research teams conduct fundamental research essential to the advancement of science in Quebec as well as internationally and play a critical role in developing concrete solutions to problems facing our society.