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Top row from left: Miriam Diamond; Arthur Chan; Jim Wallace; Cheol-Heon Jeong; Jeff Brook. Bottom from left: Robert Healy of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment; Greg Evans; Marianne Hatzopoulou; Scott Weichenthal of McGill University; Chung-Wai Chow

U of T researchers receive NSERC’s Brockhouse Prize

November 17, 2021

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Toronto has been awarded the Brockhouse Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for developing innovative tools and strategies for studying air pollution and its effects.

The prize recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who combine their knowledge and skills to produce excellent achievements in natural sciences and engineering.

“It is very gratifying to see how research ideas that were seeded almost two decades ago have grown into such a supportive and energising collaborative community,” said Professor Greg Evans of the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “The research we have done together has led to real benefits. There’s a lot to be proud of.”

Working out of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR), the team includes researchers from U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Arts & Science, as well as from McGill University and the Ontario government. The U of T members working with Evans are:

  • Jeff Brook, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Arthur Chan, department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Chung-Wai Chow, department of medicine, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, UHN
  • Miriam Diamond, department of earth sciences, Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Marianne Hatzopoulou, department of civil and mineral engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Jim Wallace, department of mechanical and industrial engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Cheol-Heon Jeong, senior research associate, department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
  • Jim Wallace, department of mechanical and industrial engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

“Those named on the award are just the tip of the iceberg,” says Evans. “There are many others at U of T, in government, in industry and in NGOs or communities across Canada, not to mention more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with such great people.”

Read the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering story