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Appointment of Professor Kraatz from University of Toronto as Visiting Professor of CSU

From CSU News Center

Updated: 2017-05-04 09:31:22.0

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On the morning of April 21, the appointment ceremony of Bernie Kraatz, renowned chemist and Vice President of University of Toronto was held in the meeting hall of International Exchange and Cooperation Office.

The ceremony was followed by a discussion, during which Professor Bernie Kraatz and directors from International Exchange and Cooperation Office, Undergraduate School, Graduate School, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and School of Material and Engineering had a friendly talk on further cooperation between the two sides. On April 22, a lecture on Electrochemical Studies of Nucleic Acids on Surfaces: Towards the Identification of Species was delivered by Professor Kraatz in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Born in Germany, Professor Kraatz once studied in University of Dusseldorf in Germany and University of Kent in the U.K. In 1993, he got his PhD in University of Calgary in Canada, after which he began his post-doctoral program on Organometallic Chemistry in University of Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions, located in America and Israel respectively. Later, he worked as an assistant researcher in the National Research Council of Canada. In 1998, he entered the Chemistry Department of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and was appointed as a professor in 2006. In 2007, he transferred to University of Western Ontario and to the Chemistry Department of University of Toronto in 2011. Later, he acted as the director of Environmental Science and Physics Department in University of Toronto at Scarborough. In 2015, he rose to vice president of University of Toronto, in charge of scientific researches in the university. His own achievements in scientific researches, in the form of over 250 essays, were published in Nature, Science AAAS and other influential journals worldwide. Over nearly three decades of scholarship and teaching in the past, Professor Kraatz has won many awards, including the Best research award of University of Toronto in 2015 and the Rio Tinto Alcan Award in 2017. In addition, he was elected as Canada Research Chair of 2002. He also has many Chinese scholars and students in his team. Driven by his love for China, he acted actively to promote academic exchanges between the two countries. By now, he has visited CSU for several times and was once appointed as visiting professor in 2006.