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A very special Si Symposium, honouring Bob West on his 90th birthday and celebrating his chemistry, was held in Edmonton, Canada, May 29-31, 2018 in conjunction with the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. In addition, we honoured Tamejiro Hiyama who received the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry at the spring ACS meeting. We also celebrated the chemistry of Jillian Buriak, the 2018 winner of the CSC Rio Tinto Alcan Award. Her pioneering research in the organic functionalization of silicon surfaces has impacted a variety of fields ranging from biology to electronics.

There were many excellent student oral and poster presentations. Choosing among them was very difficult but the final results are in.

The Canadian Journal of Chemistry Award for Best Student Oral Presentation went to
Ayodele Fatona, McMaster University, Functional Silicone Networks via Thioacetal Linkages

The Chemistry of Materials Award for Best Student Oral Presentation went to
Michael Son, McMaster University, Reactions of Silylenes with Non-Enolizable Carbonyl Compounds in Solution

There were three Chemistry of Materials awards for Posters of Distinction:

Burhan Hussein, Ryerson University, Structure-Property Study of Hypervalent Silane Porphyrins for Light Harvesting Applications 

Jake Jagannathan, University of California, Davis, Spectroscopic and Mechanistic Analysis of a Silsesquioxane as a Hydrogen-Bond Donor Catalyst 

Corinna Lorenz, Universität Regensburg, Solvation Experiments with Polysilicides in Liquid Ammonia

There were also two Chemistry of Materials awards for Posters, Honourable Mention:

Robert Bui, McMaster University, Dynamic Covalent Schiff-Base Silicone Elastomers

Chengcheng Rao, University of Alberta, Tunable Plasmon-Induced Hydrosilation on Silicon Surfaces

We congratulate them all and all the students who presented at this very special Si Symposium.