2016 Maxxam Award
The 2016 Maxxam Award recipient is Dr. Michael Quilliam of the National Research Council of Canada.
Michael Quilliam graduated with a PhD in chemistry in 1977 from University of Manitoba after researching chemical derivatization, chromatography and mass spectrometry of nucleic acids. Post-doctoral research at Université de Montréal and a one-year position with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment gave him experience in mass spectrometry and environmental contaminants. From 1978 to 1987, he served as assistant and then associate professor of analytical chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at McMaster University. His research focused on the detection and identification of carcinogens and their metabolites and the development of analytical methods based on liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
Dr. Quilliam joined the NRC in 1987, where he is the principal research officer in the Biotoxin Metrology group. He is also an adjunct professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University. His research at NRC has focused on the analytical chemistry of toxic substances and the production of certified reference materials (CRMs). He has worked on environmental and food contaminants that include polycyclic aromatic compounds, veterinary drug residues, and marine and freshwater biotoxins. The methods and CRMs that he and his group have developed are in routine use in regulatory laboratories worldwide.
About the Maxxam Award:
The Maxxam Award is presented annually to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry.
The Maxxam Award is available to candidates from government, industry and academia.
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Nominations and selections are overseen by the Chemical Society of Canada (CSC).