Geoffrey Alan Ozin
Born (1943-08-23) 23 August 1943 (age 77)
Alma materKing's College London B.Sc. (1965)
Oriel College, Oxford D.Phil. (1967)
AwardsMeldola Medal and Prize (1972)
Rutherford Memorial Medal (1982)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2011)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto
ThesisThe application of vibrational spectroscopy to some stereochemical problems (1967)
Doctoral advisorIan R. Beattie

Geoffrey Alan Stuart Ozin FRSC (born 23 August 1943) is a British chemist, currently Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto.[1] Ozin is the recipient of numerous awards for his research on nanomaterials, including the Meldola Medal and Prize in 1972 and the Rutherford Memorial Medal in 1982. He won the Albert Einstein World Award of Science in 2011, the Royal Society of Chemistry's Centenary Prize in 2015, and the Humboldt Prize in 2005 and 2019.[2] He has co-founded three university spin-off companies: Torrovap in 1985, which manufactures metal vapor synthesis scientific instrumentation; Opalux in 2006, which develops tunable photonic crystals; and Solistra in 2019, which develops photocatalysts and photoreactors for hydrogen production from carbon dioxide and methane.[3]

Early life and education

Ozin was born in London on 23 August 1943.[citation needed] Initially planning on entering the family fashion and tailor business, he entered King's College London in 1962, the first member of his family to attend university.[4] Ozin graduated with a first-class honours degree in chemistry from King's College London in 1965, and obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry at Oriel College, Oxford in 1967 with Prof. Ian R. Beattie.[5][6] He then was an Imperial Chemical Industries postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southampton from 1967-1969.[7] In 1969, he began his independent career at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, and full Professor in 1977.


  1. ^ Government of Canada, Industry Canada (2012-11-29). "Canada Research Chairs". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ "September 14, 2011 – Geoffrey Ozin wins the Albert Einstein World Award of Science". University of Toronto. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  3. ^ Wang, Wendong. "Geoffrey A. Ozin | The GAO Materials Chemistry Research Group". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  4. ^ Corless, Victoria (2019-10-28). "Geoffrey Ozin: Visionary Nanochemist Still Seeking New Frontiers". Advanced Science News. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  5. ^ Ozin, Geoffrey A. (October 1992). "Nanochemistry: Synthesis in diminishing dimensions". Adv. Mater. 4 (10): 612–649. doi:10.1002/adma.19920041003.
  6. ^ "Centenary Prize 2015 Winner". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. ^ Wang, Wendong. "Ozin Curriculum Vitae and Award List | The GAO Materials Chemistry Research Group". Retrieved 2021-05-31.