Chen, named a fellow of RSC, is a global leader in advanced materials for next-generation battery and fuel cell technologies. His work has received over 20,000 citations and has led to the establishment of deep collaborative partnerships and several technology companies in Canada and around the world.
Chen is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a 2016 recipient of the NSERC Steacie Memorial Fellowship.
Basu became a member of the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is internationally recognized for seminal contributions to ecohydrology and water sustainability in human-impacted environments.
Her groundbreaking work on the long-term effects of fertilizer and intensive livestock production on water quality has led to a new understanding of the role nutrient legacies play in preventing the achievement of water quality goals and has helped to identify management approaches to improve water quality in lakes and coastal zones.
Chen and Basu were among eight University of Waterloo researchers who were either named fellows of the RSC or members of the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Across the country, there were 93 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement and 46 new members of the College.
The 2019 fellows and members will be welcomed into the RSC in November during the society's Celebration of Excellence and Engagement to be held in Ottawa.