Mark MacLachlan received his honours BSc. degree in chemistry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1995. His PhD work was carried out at the University of Toronto (1995-1999) with Ian Manners and Geoff Ozin. After a 2-year NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Prof. Tim Swager at M.I.T., Mark returned to UBC to begin his independent career as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Professor in 2011. His research interests span supramolecular chemistry, macrocycles, solid-state nanomaterials, coordination chemistry, cellulose chemistry, and chitin. Mark has explored the use of carbohydrates to organize macrocycles and metal complexes. His main discovery has involved the application of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as templates to construct hierarchical materials with chirality and photonic properties. Mark’s recognitions include the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, the Strem Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry (Canadian Society of Chemistry), the Rutherford Memorial Fellowship from the Royal Society of Canada, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitational Fellowship, and the Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences. Mark is a Humboldt Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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