Governor General's Award given to Chemistry Grad

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2023

Written by Elizabeth Thomson

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Dr. Michael Organ speaking at the U of G

Renowned triple U of G Chemistry grad Dr. Michael Organ receives the 2023 Governor General’s Innovation Award

Dr. Organ’s research invented the flow reactor to manufacture a critical molecule used in preparing PCR test kits for COVID-19. The technology contributed to COVID tests used around the world, helping many people to reach the other side of the pandemic safely.

This innovative work has been recognized with the 2023 Governor General’s Innovation Award. While COVID-19 was such an important application, the technology itself comes from a culmination of almost 20 years of work and has significant potential for future targets.

As a Professor and Director of the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation (CCRI) at U of Ottawa, Dr. Organ’s lab continues to contribute to the body of knowledge in flowed chemical synthesis.

Learn more about this incredible chemistry invention and Dr. Organ’s team.

In 2019 and 2022, Dr. Organ returned to his roots to give guest lectures at U of G. Hopefully he will come again soon to speak about his lab’s impact on the field of chemistry.

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