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Environmental chemist wins fellowship to the Royal Society of Chemistry

Andre Simpson

The accolades continue to roll in for associate professor of environmental chemistry André Simpson. Dr. Simpson, who was recently awarded the 2010 Principal’s Research Award at UTSC, has just learned he has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), headquartered in London, England. This is a very prestigious honour given to researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of chemical science.

As director of the Environmental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Centre at UTSC, Simpson has earned an international reputation as a pioneer in NMR techniques for use in environmental science. These new procedures allow researchers to explore the molecular mechanisms that underpin such large-scale issues as environmental contamination, global warming and agricultural practices.

"We are absolutely ecstatic to see Professor Simpson receiving an honour like this,” says Malcolm Campbell, UTSC Vice-Principal, Research. “It is a wonderful recognition of André's contribution to the discipline, both as a top-tier researcher and as a spectacular educator – an accolade that places him in a distinctive class of chemists worldwide. His election also underlines the incredible strength in chemistry research and education at the University of Toronto, and at UTSC in particular."

The Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences. Although officially formed in 1980, the RSC traces its beginnings back to the middle of the nineteenth century in London, England. The Fellowship election process is highly competitive, with just 30-40 candidates being selected each year from a total membership of over 46,000 scientists. Today, less than 7,000 researchers around the world are permitted to use the esteemed designation “FRSC” behind their names.

To read more about André Simpson’s groundbreaking work, read our feature article on him here.

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