The Stairs Lecture in Chemistry

The Stairs Lecture in Chemistry, the first endowed lecture series in Chemistry at Trent University, was created by Trent Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Stairs and his wife, Sibyl.

The biennial lecture series enables Trent to invite a distinguished scientist to speak on their research and to showcase the field of Chemistry.

Dr Gillian Goward

Chair of Department of Chemistry at McMaster University

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street


Dr Gillian Goward

Trent University welcomes Dr. Gillian Goward, Chair of Chemistry at McMacster University, for The Stairs Lecture for the year 2020.

About Dr. Goward

Professor Gillian Goward is an internationally renowned Canadian scientist who studies advanced energy materials using a combination of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging. Her particular focus is on characterizing the dynamics of ionic carriers of 1H ions in hydrogen fuel cells and of 6,7Li in Li-ion batteries, through advanced NMR methods including in situ and spatially resolved studies. She participates actively in the Canadian and international NMR and Materials Chemistry communities, and she is also a senior editor for the American Chemical Society publication, the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Prof. Goward completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in 2000 under the supervision of Profs. Linda F. Nazar and W.P. Power. She then joined the laboratory of Prof. Hans W. Spiess at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow. She began her independent career at McMaster University in July 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in 2007, and to full professor in 2014. She was the recipient of an NSERC University Faculty Award in 2002 and an Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2003, the latter supported by the Government of Ontario and General Motors Canada.

Dr. Goward has established herself internationally as a creative solid-state NMR spectroscopist, with special expertise in the characterization of the structures and dynamics of advanced energy materials. Since 2011, Prof. Goward has led a major Automotive Partnerships Canada project on the in situ characterization of lithium ion cells, bringing together researchers at General Motors with an interdisciplinary team of academic researchers at four Canadian universities. This project involves a suite of state-of-the-art characterization strategies, being developed for specialty air-sensitive studies of electrolyte-electrode interface chemistry, ion dynamics in solid and solution phases.

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