Jillian Buriak received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1990, and a Ph.D. from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, in 1995. After an NSERC postdoctoral appointment at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, Buriak started her independent faculty career at Purdue University in 1997, being promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 2001. In 2003 she joined the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology as a full professor, Canada Research Chair, and Senior Research Officer. Buriak’s research has resulted in over 9000 citations, and her interests range from materials for energy applications (solar energy conversion, water splitting), self-assembly on technologically relevant semiconductor surfaces, and mechanistic surface chemistry and functionalization on surfaces such as silicon and other semiconductors. She was on the Board of Reviewing Editors (BoRE) at Science from 2003 to 2008, was an Associate Editor at ACS Nano from 2009 to 2013, and in 2014, became the Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Chemistry of Materials. Awards include the Burghausen Chemistry Award, the Arthur Doolittle Award from the Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society (2015), a Killam Annual Professorship, and Fellowship in the AAAS and the Royal Society of Canada, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). When she’s not in the office you can find her road racing or climbing mountains.
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