Audrey Moores, PhD, X98, MRSC



Audrey Moores is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry (2007-17) at McGill University, where she started her independent career in 2007. She completed her PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2005, under the supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch and received the Best Thesis award of the Ecole Polytechnique that year. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University in 2006 under the guidance of Prof. Robert H. Crabtree, funded by a Lavoisier fellowship from the European Union.

She is a leading expert in the field of catalysis using metal, metal oxide and biomass-based nanomaterials, with a special emphasis on sustainable processes and use of earth abundant starting materials. Specifically, she has made important discovery towards the use of iron for the important hydrogenation and oxidation catalytic reactions and replace noble metals as catalysts. She is also developing entirely novel methods towards the synthesis of size controlled nanomaterials under solvent-free conditions. She is also studying novel photo catalysts based on plasmonic materials. Her scientific work has been published in 64 high profile, peer reviewed publications, such as J. Am. Chem. Soc., Green Chem., Chem. Comm., or ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. She also authored 5 book chapters, 1 book and 3 patents (>3000 citations & h-index 28 from Google Scholar).  Her research was recently highlighted in Nature in 2016, and she was selected as an emerging leader in 2017 by the RSC journal Green Chemistry.

She has served as co-associate director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis, a strategic cluster funded by the Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (2012-2016) and program committee member of the CREATE in Green Chemistry (2012-2017). Since 2016, she is the scientific director in the board of GreenCenter Canada, an Ontario-based tech transfer company. She is a member of the advisory board of the Green Chemistry Institute (America Chemical Society) since 2018. She is also the associate director of the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR) at McGill and co-lead of the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, Materials theme since 2017. She has led three FRQNT Team Grants dedicated to clean nanomaterials synthesis and was awarded in 2017 three CFI grants to purchase circa $4M of equipment, including a state of the art transmission electron microscope. She has been an associate editor for the journal RSC Advances (2015-2016) and is now associate editorship of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering since 2016. In 2012 and 2016, she participated in US panels on molecule design avoiding endocrine disruption and green chemistry education. Audrey is also the founding chair of the joint board senate subcommittee on family care at McGill and leading initiative to make the campus more family friendly since 2015.

She has co-created and co-organized for 5 years a workshop on sustainable innovation through green chemistry in partnership with the CREATE in Green Chemistry, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management and the Trottier Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Design. In 2011, she was awarded a Science Communication Fellowship for Green Chemistry by Environmental Health News and Advancing Green Chemistry and has created at McGill several communication/media trainings for graduate students. In 2014, she received an Outside Quebec Exchange Professorship, awarded by Quebec, in support for a visiting professorship at Princeton University and a MATISSE professorship for a stay at Pierre and Marie Curie research visit in the fall 2017. She also received a CNC-IUPAC travel award in 2016 to represent Canada at the IUPAC Green Chemistry conference in Venice Italy in September 2016 and a Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award in 2018 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She was recently invited by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization for to teach a 5-day workshop in South Africa in the fall 2018.

Short CV

Position held - Education

  • Associate Professor, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. June 2014 – present
  • Assistant Professor, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. January 2007 – May 2014
  • Canada Research Chair, Tier II.  2007-2012; renewed 2012-2017
  • Post-doctoral Fellow with Prof. Robert H. Crabtree,  Department of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. November 2005 – December 2006
  • Ph.D. and Master's Degree under supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch in the "Laboratoire Hétéroéléméents et Coordination", Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) - 2001 - 2005. Dissertation: "On reduction of phosphinine"
  • Diplôme d'ingénieur (Bachelor's of Science) at the Ecole Polytechnique, (Palaiseau, France) - 1998 - 2001 (class X98)
  • Preparatory Classes at Lycée Châteaubriand (Rennes, France), 1996 - 1998


  • Member, advisory board, Green Center Institute, American Chemical Society (Mar. 2018 – present)
  • Co-Leader, McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, Materials Theme, McGill University (Sep. 2017 -  present)
  • Associate Director, Facility for Electron Microscopy Research (FEMR), McGill University (Jun. 2017 -  present
  • Academic Director in the Board of Directors, GreenCenter Canada (Jun. 2016 - present)
  • Associate Editor, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, American Chemical Society (Sep. 2016 - present)
  • Program Committee member of the NSERC-CREATE in "Green Chemistry" (Apr. 2012 – Mar. 2018)
  • Scientific committee and member of the board of the FQRNT "Centre en la Chimie Verte et la Catalyse" (Apr. 2012 – present)
  • Member of a American Chemical Society – Green Chemistry Institute Panel “Green Chemistry Education Roadmap” (Jun. 2016)
  • Associate Editor, RSC Advances, Royal Chemical Society (Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2016)
  • Co-associate director of the FQRNT "Centre en la Chimie Verte et la Catalyse" (Apr. 2012 – Jul. 2016)
  • Member of a US Panel on molecule design avoiding endocrine disruption. (Apr. 2012)

Awards and Honours

  • NSERC Discovery Accelarator, 2018.
  • Labex MATISSE visiting professorship award, Paris, 2017.
  • Nominated by students for a Sustainability Catalyst Award, McGill University, 2016
  • Best Presentation in an I&EC session at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, 2016.
  • CNC-IUPAC travel award, 2016
  • Outside Quebec Exchange Professorship, 2014, awarded by FRQNT, in support for a 2 month visit at Princeton University, Princeton NJ, USA
  • Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry (Tier II, renewal), 2012 - 2017
  • Science Communication Fellow, Green Chemistry - 2011
  • Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry (Tier II), 2007 - 2012
  • Best PhD Thesis Award, Ecole Polytechnique, 2005
  • Lavoisier Post-doctoral Fellowship 2005 - present (Administered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Monge Doctoral Fellowship, 2002 - 2005
  • Ecole Polytechnique Master's Fellowship, 2001 - 2002
  • Prix de stage d'option (Best Senior Thesis Award) in Chemistry, Ecole Polytechnique, 2001, for a project in the group of Prof. David Cole-Hamilton (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • Best Poster Award at the JCO Conference, 2004, Palaiseau, France, 2004
  • Best Lecture Award, PhD Seminar Series on Phosphorus Chemistry, Bonn, Germany, 2005
  • Best Poster Award, Eurochem Conference, Nancy, France, 2005


CHEM 462 Green Chemistry 3 Credits

CHEM 512 Catalysis, Concepts and App 3 Credits

CHEM 603 Fundamentals of Spectroscopy 5 Credits

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