Dr. Cathleen Crudden has been awarded the 2023 John C. Polanyi Award in recognition of her breakthrough discovery in organic-on-metal coatings. This award (valued up to $250,000) is given to an individual or team whose research has led to a recent outstanding advance in any NSERC-supported field of the natural sciences or engineering. Dr. Crudden’s trailblazing research innovation demonstrated that an extremely thin carbon layer, applied to metal surfaces, can protect them from oxidation and extend their lifespan. The discovery has applications spanning fields from infrastructure, clean energy, electronics manufacturing to cancer diagnostics and treatment. To read more about Dr. Crudden's achievements, please visit the Queen’s Gazette.