Dr. Emily Cranston Receives the 2023 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry

Portrait of Dr. Emily Cranston smiling.

Dr. Emily Cranston, Professor and President’s Excellence Chair in Forest Bioproducts, has been awarded the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry. The Rutherford Memorial Medals were established in 1980 in memory of Lord Rutherford of Nelson, a great scientist and leader in nuclear research. The medals are awarded to those who have carried out exceptional research in chemistry or physics in the formative stage of their career. 

This year, Dr. Cranston is among fifteen Canadian scientists, scholars, and researchers who have been recognized by the RSC for their achievements. She is receiving the award for expanding the use of nanocellulose, derived from sustainable bio-based resources like wood pulp, in technologies that offer environmentally-friendly alternatives to petrochemical-based materials and plastics.

Dr. Cranston will be honored during the RSC Awards Ceremony on November 17, 2023, as part of the 2023 RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement.

Congratulations Dr. Cranston!