Engineering researcher honoured with national award

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Aiping Yu, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, has been awarded the Rutherford Medal in Chemistry by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

Yu is one of 19 Canadian award recipients honoured by the RSC for their outstanding achievements in advancing knowledge and understanding of the past and present.

Professor Aiping Yu headshot
Yu, who joined Waterloo Engineering in 2009, is the director of the Carbon Nanomaterials Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Multi-functional Composites, and a researcher at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

Professor Aiping Yu is the 2022 recipient of the Royal Society of Canada's Rutherford Medal in Chemistry.

Her work is primarily focused on materials development for energy storage and conversion, photocatalysts and nanocomposites.

Yu's research goal is to develop lightweight, high-energy-density and long-cycle-life hybrid supercapacitors that combine the advantages of batteries and supercapacitors for automobile and electronic devices.

In 2020, Yu received a E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to help establish a world-leading carbon nanotechnology centre at the University of Waterloo.

“These individuals are outstanding scholars who have made exceptional contributions, both nationally and internationally, in their respective fields,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil in a media release.

Award winners will be acknowledged by the RSC in November during its Celebration of Excellence and Engagement in Ottawa.

Go to Two Waterloo researchers among the RSC medal & award winners for a story on both recipients at the University of Waterloo.