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Gianluigi Botton named the Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Fellowship in the RSC represents one of the highest academic honours in Canada. Fellows are nominated by their peers for membership in one of three bilingual academies in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Science. Including Botton, there are currently 72 McMaster-affiliated RSC Fellows.

“Professor Botton joins a distinguished cohort of colleagues from across the country who have been recognized with Canada’s highest academic honours for their significant contributions within their fields,” says McMaster President Patrick Deane. “I congratulate him on this prestigious recognition of his accomplishments.”

“I am humbled by the appreciation that has been shown for the research work done in my group and the impact that hard work has had for the research community in Canada,” says Botton. “The fellowship is a recognition of the support I have had from colleagues, past and present members of my research group over the years and those who contributed to establishing the microscopy centre which is now internationally regarded.”

Botton, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair who has been at McMaster since 2001, is a leading international scholar in electron energy loss spectroscopy. His work contributes to the understanding of the structure of different materials at the atomic level and has been applied in collaborative projects in many different areas, including fuel cell technology, battery materials and nuclear plant construction. His work has been cited more than 12,000 times and has appeared in high-impact journals such as Nature, Nature Communications,Acta Materialiaand Physical Review Letters.

"Gianlugi Botton is a highly accomplished researcher whose contributions to the field of microscopy have had major global impact," said Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster's Dean of Engineering. "We are proud to have Gianluigi in our Faculty and are continually inspired by the achievements of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy under his leadership."

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, with 450 distinct users annually, hosts researchers from 37 universities from Canada and around the world. The internationally recognized facility was named a Major Science Initiative by the Canada Foundation for Innovation in 2017.

Professor emeritus Gary Purdy says that Botton was a natural choice for a fellowship nomination.

“Dr. Botton is an absolutely outstanding scientist and engineer who has been conducting phenomenal fundamental research,” says Purdy, a Distinguished University Professor with the department of Materials Science and Engineering. “He has been the driving force in taking the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy to its highest level. It is fair to say that without his determination, passion and perseverance this centre would not exist and Canada would not be seen as being competitive in this field.”

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