Jillian Buriak


Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta
Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy
AITF Chair Industry Chair of Sun-Powered Generation of Fuels and Power
Editor-in-Chief, Chemistry of MaterialsCM_title_logo


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Jillian Buriak received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1990, and a Ph.D. from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, in 1995. After an NSERC postdoctoral appointment at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, Buriak started her independent faculty career at Purdue University in 1997, being promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 2001. In 2003 she joined the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology as a full professor, Canada Research Chair, and Senior Research Officer.  Buriak’s research has resulted in over 9000 citations, and her interests range from materials for energy applications (solar energy conversion, water splitting), self-assembly on technologically relevant semiconductor surfaces, and mechanistic surface chemistry and functionalization on surfaces such as silicon and other semiconductors. She was on the Board of Reviewing Editors (BoRE) at Science from 2003 to 2008, was an Associate Editor at ACS Nano from 2009 to 2013, and in 2014, became the Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Chemistry of Materials. Awards include the Burghausen Chemistry Award, the Arthur Doolittle Award from the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society (2015), a Killam Annual Professorship, and Fellowship in the AAAS and the Royal Society of Canada, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). When she’s not in the office you can find her road racing or climbing mountains.


12/2017 Rio Tinto Alcan Award (Canadian Society for Chemistry)
05/2017 E. W. R. Steacie Award (Canadian Society for Chemistry)
04/2016 Burghausen Chemistry Award from the City of Burghausen (Germany)
10/2015-09/2022 Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Nanomaterials for Energy
06/2015 Arthur K. Doolittle Award
01/2015 Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
10/2014 Killam Annual Professorship
04/2014-03/2019 Alberta Innovates Industrial Chair of Sun-Powered Generation of Fuels and Power
05/2013 Clara Benson Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry
12/2009 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
09/2009 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
10/2008 Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Nanomaterials
03/2007-03/2009 E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship (NSERC)
03/2006 Faculty of Science Research Prize
11/2005 Martha Cook Piper Research Prize
07/2005 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC-UK)
05/2005 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry (RSC)
02/2005 WISET (Women in Science Engineering and Technology) Fellow
01/2005 Young Global Leader – World Economic Forum
05/2005 Canada Research Chair (Tier II) of Inorganic and Nanoscale Materials
04/2004 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (Globe & Mail)
03/2003 ACS Pure Chemistry Award
05/2002-05/2004 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
09/2001 Fresenius Award (Phi Lambda Upsilon)
04/2000-04/2002 Cottrell Teacher-Scholar (fellowship from Research Corporation)
10/2000-10/2001 3M Untenured Faculty Award
04/2000 School of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Purdue University)
04/2000-04/2002 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
04/1999-03/2003 National Science Foundation Career Award (4 year NSF grant)
8/1997-8/2002 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award (5 year grant)
6/1995-6/1997 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship
9/1991-5/1995 French Government Scholar (Boursière du Gouvernement Français – Ministère des Affaires Etrangères)
2/1994-5/1995 CIES Fellowship (Centre International des Étudiants et Stagiaires)
5/1994 The International Precious Metals Institute Award
9/1990-2/1991 Catherine Innes Ireland Fellowship (Harvard-Radcliffe)
6/1990-8/1990 ICI International Fellow (ICI Americas)
6/1990 Danforth Teaching Award (Harvard University)