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January 01, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario


Dr. Danial Wayner, Acting Director General of the National Research Council's National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada as a Fellow.

This honour comes only months after the 44 year-old chemist was chosen to lead what is one of the most exciting, large-scale national science project in decades - the $120 million NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology.

Prior to his new position at NINT, Dr. Wayner's research at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (NRC-SIMS) in Ottawa was distinguished by seminal contributions to the electrochemistry of organic free radicals and innovative studies on the kinetics and thermochemistry of neutral free radicals and radical ions.

"The work of Dr. Wayner and his NRC colleagues is a key contribution to making Canada one of the most innovative countries in the world."
- The Honourable Allan Rock, Minister of Industry

"Dan Wayner is one of Canada's rising young stars. His election to the Royal Society is clear recognition of his contributions to Canadian science, technology and innovation, and of his work in the fields of nanotechnology and nanosciences."
- Dr. Arthur Carty, NRC President.

Dr. Wayner's electrochemical work and studies on laser-induced photoacoustic calorimetry have dramatically increased the world's store of reliable bond dissociation energies and provided the first comprehensive compilation of standard potentials of radicals. He has made important advances in human understanding of the fundamentals of electron transfer and the design of chemical probes for both radical ion and alkoxyl radical intermediates. These probes are now widely used by physical organic and inorganic chemists in every corner of the earth as the essential test for these intermediates.

Dr. Wayner has even applied his physical organic knowledge and expertise to the organic modification of semiconductor surfaces, a research area that promises to underpin future molecular electronic, sensor and biochip technologies.

The Royal Society of Canada, The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars

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National Research Council of Canada

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