Professor Cathleen Crudden of Queen’s University, Nagoya University-ITbM, Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis, is the recipient of the 2018 IPMI Carol Tyler Award. The International Precious Metal Institute’s Carol Tyler Award recognizes the achievements of women researching precious metals. Crudden is known for her leading work on palladium-catalyzed cross coupling with enantioenriched organoboranes, as well as research on the formation of monolayers on a gold surface with N-heterocyclic carbenes. Crudden is the first researcher from a Canadian university to receive this award, which recognizes achievement by a woman in the field of precious metals in industry or academia.
Crudden received her B.S. and Masters degrees at the University of Toronto with Professor Mark Lautens. Ottawa was the next stop where Crudden completed her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Howard Alper. During this time, she took the opportunity for an extended stay doing research in Japan with Professors Shinji Murai and Naoto Chatani at Osaka University. Crudden is now a professor at Queen’s University in the Department of Chemistry and manages a satellite research group at Nagoya University’s Institute for Transformative Bio-Molecules. She was named an Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis in October 2016.
Past recipients of the IPMI Carol Tyler Award include Professor Catherine Murphy of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Professor Teri Odom of Northwestern, Professor Karen Goldberg of University of Washington, Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (Tufts University) and Professor Yu Huang of UCLA.