Paul Hayes

October 5, 2016

Dr. Paul Hayes has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is among the highest honours bestowed to chemists and a first for the University of Lethbridge. “It’s a humbling group to be a member of,” says Hayes. “I was surprised and honoured. The Royal Society of Chemistry is based in the United Kingdom and it has a very prestigious history that goes back 175 years.”

Fellowship in the Royal Society of Chemistry acknowledges significant achievement by professional chemists and outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry. Hayes was nominated from within the administration of the Society. 

“Paul is the first member of our department ever to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is a prestigious honour from one of the oldest professional associations in the world and we were very pleased to get this news. Paul has done excellent science at this institution and it is reflected in this recognition,” says Chair Peter Dibble.

Hayes is s synthetic organometallic chemist, and his work, he says, essentially boils down to designing and making new molecules. He works with compounds that contain both carbon and a metal to try to develop new chemical reactions or new types of molecules for a range of purposes, such as making a new material or developing a new pharmaceutical.

By Caroline Zentner, public affairs advisor
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