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Tomislav Friščić

Professor in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University

Tomislav Friščić is a Professor at McGill University. He received his B.Sc. at the University of Zagreb with Branko Kaitner (2001), followed by a Ph.D. with Len MacGillivray at the University of Iowa (2006). He was a post-doctoral associate with William Jones (2006), a Herchel Smith Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2008), joining McGill University in 2011. His group is a team of excited and highly dynamic undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral scientists who work together to develop solid-state catalytic and self-assembly methodologies in diverse areas of organic, metal-organic, pharmaceutical and materials synthesis. He has co-authored >250 research and review articles, as well as book chapters, in the areas of solid-state and materials chemistry, Green Chemistry, crystal engineering and mechanochemistry. He is a co-founder of spin-off businesses Acsynam and Form-Tech Scientific, the Chair of the Canadian National C ommittee for Crystallography (CNCC), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

A full list of publication and talks of Prof. Friščić can be downloaded here.


2002 - 2006 Ph.D. in Chemistry with Prof. L. R. MacGillivray (February 2006), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.
Thesis title: Linear templates and hydrogen bonding as general tools to control reactivity in molecular co-crystals
1997 - 2001 B. Sc. in Chemistry with Prof. B. Kaitner (October 2001), University of Zagreb, Zagreb,Croatia.
Thesis title: Molecular and crystal Structures of Schiff Bases Derived from Non-branched Aliphatic α,ω-Diamines and Their Metal Complexes

Professional Positions

2019 - Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University
2016 - 2019 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University (Early Tenure)
2018 -
Affiliate  Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Concordia University
2016 - Adjunct Researcher, Institute Ruđer Bošković
2011 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University
2008 - 2011 Herchel Smith Research Fellow and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Research at the University of Cambridge Chemistry Department and Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science with Prof. W. Jones
2003 - 2006 Research Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
2002 - 2003 Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
2001 - 2002 Teaching Assistant at the Laboratory for General and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

2019 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician", Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (8-14 Dec 2019) ("Department of Excellence Program")
2019 Visiting Professor, Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (2-29 May 2019)
2019 Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry, Canadian Society for Chemistry
2018 National Research Council Steacie Prize for Natural Sciences
2018 Elected Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada
2018 Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry
2018 Elected Member of 2018-2019 Young Scientists cohort of the World Economic Forum
2017 - 2019 NSERC E. W. R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
2017 - 2020 NSERC Discovery Accelerator
2016  McGill University Principal’s Award for Outstanding Emerging Researchers
2015 - 2019 McGill University Dawson Research Scholar (Tier 2 Canada Research Chair equivalent)
2015 - 2017 McGill University Tomlinson Research Award
2014 RSC ChemComm Emerging Investigator Award and Lectureship 2014 for Organic Chemistry (3 lectures: University of Ottawa, University College London and ICCOSS, Japan)
2013 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
2012 Recognition Letter from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia for Scientific Contributions
2011 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize and Lectureship (three lectures) for "developing solid-state methodologies which explore and combine new types of molecular self-assembly"
2008 - 2011 Herchel Smith Research Fellow and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
2010 Best poster award at the 2010 Winter School on Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Bangalore, India
2008 Invited young scientist at the Set for Britain exhibition, House of Commons, London, UK
2005    Research internship in microbial biotechnology in the research group of Glenn R. Johnson, Air Force Research Laboratory, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S.
2004    NSF Workshop on 'Models of Thought Processes: Insights toward Chemical Systems' Arlington, Virginia, USA
University of Iowa Graduate College 3rd Place Award for the Top Presentation in Mathematical & Physical Sciences & Engineering at the James F. Jakobsen Graduate Forum
2003 - 2006 Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Doctoral Fellowship
2002 - 2003 Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Iowa
2001 University of Zagreb Faculty of Science Award for Outstanding Achievements
1999 - 2002 Head of Croatian Chemical Society Student Division
1999 - 2001 Student representative at the University of Zagreb Student Senate
1998   University of Zagreb Dean's Award for undergraduate research