Hailing from Tsawwassen, BC, Baker got his BSc from UBC and PhD from UCLA with M. Fred Hawthorne. After a Postdoc with Phil Skell at Penn State, he worked on homogeneous catalysis research for 15 years at DuPont CR&D in Delaware and 12 years at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico. In 2008 he joined uOttawa as Full Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Catalysis Science for Energy Applications.
R. Tom Baker
Baker’s focus is on applications of catalysis science to development of sustainable chemical processes. At uOttawa, collaborative projects included amine-boranes for chemical hydrogen storage, metal-catalyzed lignocellulose disassembly, and surface-supported molecular complexes for tandem catalysis. Current work includes base metal molecular catalysts using N and S donors for ligand -assisted catalysis and fundamental transition metal organofluorine chemistry aimed at at ‘greener’ methods for preparing technologically valuable fluorochemicals.