Western Chemistry professor Kim Baines has been awarded the 2015 Humboldt Research Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation recently announced.
The award is granted to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories and/or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.
“I am honoured and very pleased to have received this international recognition of my research achievements in the fundamental chemistry of low valent main group compounds,” Baines said.
In addition to €60,000 ($91,800 CAD), award winners are also invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
“Main Group chemistry is well represented in Germany,” Baines continued. “I am excited to go there and have ongoing interactions with other leading scientists in my area. I have wanted to do this for years. However, I never felt I could get away for extended periods of time. I am happy – and excited – to have the opportunity to do so now.”
Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 27,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 52 Nobel Laureates. The foundation grants up to 100 Humboldt Research Awards annually.