Christian Detellier - Vice-President Academic and Provost

Christian Detellier was appointed Vice-President Academic and Provost on September 24, 2012.


Christian Detellier was born in Charleroi, Belgium.  He received his licence en sciences chimiques in 1972 and his doctorat en sciences chimiques (in the field of physical organic chemistry) in 1976, both from the University of Liège, Belgium. He spent one year as an Institut français du pétrole postdoctoral fellow at the University of Orsay, France, working on asymmetric catalytic synthesis. He returned to Liège as an assistant before accepting a one-year position as a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in 1980. One year later, he joined the University’s Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and to full professor in 1991. He served as assistant dean from 1992 to 1994, chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1994 to 1997, dean of the Faculty of Science from 1997 to 2006, acting director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Catalysis in 2007-2008, and associate vice-president, research from 2008 to 2012.     

The major theme of Christian Detellier's research is molecular organization, particularly the design of new types of organo-inorgano nanohybrid materials, based on naturally occurring layered minerals such as clay minerals. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and has served on numerous peer review committees, as well as on the organizing committee of several international conferences. He was a member of the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry (2007-2011). He joined the board of directors of the Chemical Institute of Canada (vice-chair 2006-2007; chair 2007-2008; past chair 2008-2009), was elected to the council of the International Clay Minerals Society (2009-2012) and was the founding chair of the steering committee of the National Ultra-High Field NMR Facility for Solids and Materials. His laboratory is the Canadian partner of the Erasmus Mundus International Master in Advanced Clay Science program, working with universities in four other countries. He is author or co-author of approximately 150 research papers.


The Vice-President Academic and Provost works closely with the deans to set the University's broad academic direction, to design and regularly evaluate programs, to recruit and retain professors, and to launch student-recruitment strategies.

The Vice-President Academic and Provost also oversees the University's ten faculties, their schools, departments and programs, and the institution's library network. In addition to this academic-management role, the Vice-President's portfolio covers a number of special academic units or services designed to help students make the most of their university experience or to guide professors in their academic pursuits. He is also responsible for all sectors that play a strategic role in the University's special Francophone mission.

The Vice-President Academic and Provost is the highest ranking officer after the President and, as such, acts as President in this person’s absence or if the position of president is vacant.

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Last updated: 2012.01.27